I build interfaces for everyone: hearing, tactile, sighted. I believe in information. It reifies our human experience. I want to make information available to everyone to interpret, analyze and expand in whatever way meets their needs.
Front End Engineer Specialist in Accessibility, Facebook
I will be building web accessibility testing tools while also improving the accessibility of Facebook's user interface.
Started at Backupify which was acquired by Datto in December 2014.
In the first two months, I consolidated the client-side resources of a sprawling, legacy Rails/Angular application down to single manifests. This work allowed us to then undertake UI and branding improvements in hours and not weeks with no fear of unknown side-effects. Prior to this I had never worked with Angular or Rails.
Bolted a newly-developed and backwards incompatible backend service platform in to the existing client application while maintaining a consistent user experience.
Increased test coverage from about 100 specs to over 700 specs on new and existing resources.
Isolated generic UI components into a style guide repository that the design team uses to prototype and that the application uses as a component resource origin.
Quail was born as an open-source, in-browser jQuery plugin. My first project converted the core testing components into encapsulated classes with an event-driven run time structure and test coverage. This allowed us to run non-synchronous operations.
In November 2013, I partnered the project with the Kwaliteits Institut Nederlandse Gemeenten for a year long engagement to integrate Quail into their quality assurance platform. In December 2014 I traveled to Den Haag for a week to wrap up the project.
On July 17, 2014, I spoke at the FCC's Accessing Social Media (from minute 219:45) event about the accessibility considerations of building content editing tools.
Quail is evolving into a tool for front end developers to incorpate into their continuous integration toolchains to ensure consistent and verifiable accessibility guideline compliance in their applications.
Promoted from Interaction Designer, to User Experience Lead to Lead of Front End Development in 20 months.
Rationalized a shoot-from-the-hip, emergency-based development process into a structured project plan that modeled content, sales, engineering, front end and quality assurance tasks in Microsoft Project.
Revitalized a 1.5 year stalled effort to build a template publishing foundation and brought it to release in under 3 months. The publishing foundation cut development time of onboarded projects from 10 days to 5 and eliminated endemic maintenance issues.
Championed widget development and insisted that they be built in HTML ensuring a clean integration with host pages despite the technical challenges faced with this path.
Lead the integration designs for over 35 web sites, including Newsweek search, Fox News, Associated Press and Bob Villa.
Usability Consultant, Center for Innovation in Assessment, Indiana University, May 2007 to August 2007. Delivered design improvements for existing web sites based on short, focused usability studies with representative stakeholders. Improvements included UI alterations and information architecture changes.
Interaction Designer, Co-Founder, BigTreeTop Company
May 2006 – December 2007
Architected the information design of the BigTreeTop platform from data gathered on customer observation sessions.
Built out the web page structure of the BigTreeTop customer facing system over numerous iterations in collaboration with the contracted development team and visual design firm.
Collaborated with a senior designer on the design of Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g's target update management system. I focused on function label names and the task flow of reassigning updates from testing targets to production targets.
M.S., Human-Computer Interaction Design, Indiana University-Bloomington, May 2007, GPA 3.97
B.A., Linguistics, Dartmouth College, June 2004, GPA 3.81 (Magna cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa)
French language and culture, Institut Lumière Lyon II, Lyon, France 2005; Joigny, France 2002
Chinese language and contemporary culture, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China 2001
German language and philosophy, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Schule, Weinheim, Germany 1998