User Experience/Human-Centered Design

As a producer at the Seattle Times, I’m constantly thinking about the way users interact with our news product. A lot of the framework for this thinking comes from my degree in interactive multimedia from the UNC Journalism School, where I took UX courses along with data information, visual storytelling and programming.

Design Document – User Experience planning for a mobile app. I completed this while at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Interactive Multimedia department.

Your Beaches Now: The goals of this mobile experience will be providing a one-stop-shop for all beach needs and inquiries for residents of the Tampa Bay area. The site will include multimedia content, feature stories, interactive maps and events to Tampa Bay residents. It will sort of function like a Yelp! for beaches in the area, but also with fun additions of multimedia and events. The site will have video and written profiles of beaches and individuals on the beach. The site will have a calendar function so that users of all interests can find events of interest and proximity to them. The map will pull from the Google maps API of the Visit Tampa Bay site, but will be modified so it is an easy mobile experience with location services and better zoom for mobile. The mobile experience will be launched through fun activities throughout various beaches in the area. After those initial publicizing events, the mobile app will simply feature upcoming events in its calendar.

Other examples of products I have created with the user experience in mind are user research for the Find N’ Play webapp and demographic research for Find your Seattle Neighborhood quiz.