One of my earliest memories is as a 2 year old walking up the aisle of an airliner to the cockpit and gazing up at all those dials and knobs. I was transfixed. I'm told that at that age I would stop and straighten out rugs. Early indicators of someone who enjoys solving complex problems.
Fast foward to college: I built a full-sized cockpit mock-up for my Industrial Design Master's thesis. Concurrently I earned my instrument rating and commercial pilot licence. Over the years, I've garnered extensive design experience across several disciplines: Web | Exhibit | Print | Product.
I love learning and observing how people interact with objects. And while I'm a minimalist at heart, I enjoy gadgets.
I fixate when I see a cool dashboard. I gaze lustfully at good info graphics, especially data driven, allowing me to see the big picture when it's put together like a photo mosiac. I've learned the common elements of good user-centered design across several mediums.
I listen, really listen. There's a reason why humans have 2 highly specialized ears and only 1 multi-tasking mouth. I absorb the stakeholder's concerns, align them with user expectations, then craft a user experience that will gratify and delight.
Understanding how users respond to interfaces has been a life long passion. UX and UI pull all of my innate traits, interests, and design experience together.