My path to UX
I have been described as 'bright and spirited', 'tenacious' and 'calming.'
Some formative basics:
I grew up in Maine. 🌲
In the 2000’s, I taught myself 🤓 HTML and CSS by patching together source code to build (amateur) Britney Spears fan websites.👯
When I was 15, I bussed tables in two lobster restaurants 🦞 and fundraised to finance a high-school semester in Switzerland.🇨🇭
I attended Union College and majored in anthropology (ethnographic research!) and digital media. 🎓
I studied photography abroad in Vietnam 🇻🇳 for a semester.
After college, I lived in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a year and taught English and did graphic design for a social enterprise. 🇰🇭
I love to challenge myself physically through dance🕺and long-distance running. 🏃♀️
Interested in pursuing graphic design — yet more interested in problem solving — I moved to DC and subsequently carved a career for myself in non-profit fundraising for 6+ years.
For a while, fundraising felt like a way to creatively solve problems for organizations doing important work. I grew tired, though, of the lack of intentionality and evidence for decisions— and itched to get back into creative work while building products and services that matter.
A career in UX design utilizes my skills in digital media, ethnographic research and fundraising while meeting my innate need to build intentional, evidence-based products and services.
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A special thanks to the following people and resources for portfolio inspiration:
This 2000’s photo of Britney Spears for inspiring my color palette (split complementary) and portfolio style tile
The General Assembly community for providing a safe space to experiment and multiple G.A. alumni for their incredibly helpful critical feedback
© Eliza Duquette 2019