The Name: Worqx
Well, it might have been "Works.com" or "WebWorks.com" or some such name had they been available. This site began as a means to present my work(s). Currently the site presents a bit of information about development, the widely used color theory tutorial, and links to a variety of external resources regarding both design and development.
I am currently a freelance UI/UX design consultant and Worqx Inc. is my corporate business name. Worqx Inc. is both bonded and insured, and I may be available for hire!
I have worked as a consultant or as a full time employee for the following companies:
- Abbott Laboratories (formally St. Jude Medical)
- Smiths Medical
- Medtronic Inc.
- Tech-Pro Inc.
- Business Incentives (BI)
- Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
- US Bank
- State of Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services
- Best Buy (Corporate Office)
- University of Minnesota
My experience and specialties include:
- Research and Design Strategy
- Gathering business and user requirements, conducting stakeholder interviews, discovering user insights through contextual inquiry and focus groups. User task analysis, user scenarios, personas, and story boards. Sketching, conceptual designs and mockups. Design and facilitation of usability studies.
- Information Architecture
- Defining information design, sitemaps, and mapping key task flows and creating or expanding navigational structures.
- User Interface and Interaction Design
- Visual Design
- Mood boards, mockups, high fidelity prototypes, detailed design, style guides and visual standards definition.
I attended the University of Minnesota; the College of Architecture & Landscape Architecture in the mid- 90's, and presented my architecture thesis: Through Rose Colored Glasses, in the spring of 1998 earning the Bachelor of Architecture degree. A "BARCH" is a 5 year undergraduate professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) that allows a recipient to qualify for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).
I have found that there are many similarities of the UX design process and that of an architect, and the training I received is directly applicable. Both processes involve working with client, identifying needs, exploring, defining and ultimately delighting them with a technologically sound and visually pleasing solution. A favorite quote of mine reads:
"An architect is someone capable of seeing the main problems of a design, capable of examining with serenity the various possible solutions, and who finally has a thorough grasp of the technical means necessary to accomplish the project."
- Pier Luigi Nervi
For more information, a resume or samples of work, Contact Me.