Education

Human Factors International Fairfield, IA

Certificate, 2003
User-centric design and usability testing

I was incredibly fortunate that as part of a top-down redesign of our site and web store, my employer sponsored this learning opportunity. And I want to think it was money well spent, as we then applied this knowledge to an extensive usability test on the beta site. Critical information was learned and iterations were made. And six months after launch, the direct (web/catalog) revenue had grown to make it second only to the retail business. Pretty good for 2004.

San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco, CA

BFA, 1997, Dean’s list
Interdisciplinary Art

Focus of my studies was photography, with explorations into collage/assemblage and sculpture. Art school is simultaneously amazing and terrible; it fosters critical thinking and communication skills and creates an exploration-centric learning environment where students’ projects (usually self-generated) drive their coursework. You are exposed to people who not only don’t think like you but who are the embodiment of all your basic assumptions flipped. Art school does a piss-poor job of career preparation for anything other than art education, but I still consider it time well spent.

Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA

1990-1995

Completed undergraduate coursework and pursued personal interests; taking classes in everything art to welding (wasn’t interested in X-Ray technician). Special emphasis on photography, writing, film, and the humanities. Completed sufficient units for two associate degrees.