I strive to empower and educate people by organizing information in effective, interactive, and visually meaningful ways. Software has been my vehicle for accomplishing this for the last 15 years.
As a UI/UX Developer and Designer, my work is embodied in three core disciplines.
The weight of my role in each varies depending on the project and the team, but my process remains the same. I've dubbed this process RAD-Four.
Though each of the six parts of the process are self-describing, you can read a detailed account of my combined approach in the article The RAD-Four Process.
I love to design clean, purposeful, and engaging user interfaces that manifest into practical products. This manifestation is realized through Visual Design, Interaction Design, and ultimately Programming/Engineering. I love all three, but I love most their interplay.
I utilize pen and pad, computer graphics software, and code to bring ideas into the world. I use these tools to create and blend art with function. I experiment and create custom interactive displays and controls that simplify user interaction. I harness animation to make products feel alive and fun while maintaining their usefulness. Ultimately, I leverage code as a tool for creation.
I'm not bound to the screen as a result of these interests however. I love to snowboard (12+ yrs) and play ice hockey (20ish yrs) too. I enjoy the outdoors in general and specifically the Pacific Northwest's mountains, forests, and lakes. I love my beautiful
girlfriend fiancé and the fact that we get to explore the PNW with each other. I feel extremely lucky to currently reside in, and to have grown up in, the PNW.
I wouldn't have it any other way.
I'm on Twitter @derekknox.
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