I have worn many hats throughout the years: front end developer, web developer, web designer, user interface designer, front end engineer... the title that seems to fit me best is "User Experience (UX) Developer." Working for over a decade, I have explored pure design and dug deep into front end technologies and languages. I have found that as I write code and build out pages, data visualizations, and applications, I'm always asking "is this usable? Is this intuitive? In other words, is this a good user experience?"
So why UX? Science and technology are ultimately tools to help us communicate and to better understand the human experience. Humans are story-driven creatures and crave engaging experiences. We are interactive learners. The experiences content providers create should tell a story, be aesthetically pleasing, and feel simple to use. As a "UXer," I keep myself current on the latest technologies that aid in responsive, intuitive, and engaging experiences while never forgetting the end experience of using a site or application. My design skills allow me to quickly prototype interactive solutions and rapidly iterate based on feedback.
I've always found myself right at the crossroads of science and communication. My university studies included astronomy, atmospheric science, French, and filmmaking. I've explored scientific discoveries and ideas in art pieces, short films, and fiction and have found myself exploring and hacking the latest technologies to enhance my understanding of the world.
Life is a never-ending learning experience!