Hi Vincent, how did you end up working within UX?
I’ve spent a majority of my career within universities doing graduate research on Human Computer Interaction Design, arriving there via undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies. I see this field as a perfect marriage between my love for creating, art, design, and handcrafts, and my love for critical thinking, theory, technology, and science.
What methods and tools do you use?
I really like doing semi-structured interviews, participant observation studies, and anything that gets me close to the people I’m designing for. Sketching, writing scenarios, rapid prototyping, animating and video editing are always helpful in generating and communicating ideas and concepts based on my insights. As far as software tools are concerned, I frequently use Adobe Illustrator and XD, a mind-mapping software called xmind, and really whatever tool is most appropriate for the job. I also enjoy making use of micro-controllers for physical prototyping when I get the chance.
What do you enjoy most about being a UX designer?
I enjoy how it allows me to explore and design for various aspects of the human experience. Design is a human centered activity, and thus requires a thorough and specific understanding of the human experience. My fascination with and drive to design is supported by my curiosity in understanding the unstated premises, assumptions, and fundamental characteristics that various situations often obscure from view, but that can be key to better design.
Tell us about your experience at Avalon?
Although I’ve only been at Avalon since last April, I’ve already had the opportunity to be involved with many in-house and client projects. I really enjoy the collaborative spirit of the company and feel encouraged to propose new ideas and participate in projects that I feel I can contribute to. It really feels like a team!