Hi there, I'm Dezzie. I like to eat, think, and take things apart.
Depending on how you look at it, I either started doing this work back in high school, or around the time I quit academia.
As a kid, I was part of a blog ring dedicated to building and trading layouts back and forth, similar to the CSS Zen Garden. In college, I worked with the Notre Dame Web Group, modernizing the University's web properties into clean HTML/CSS (and maybe skipped class because it was so fun 😬).
By the time I graduated and started working on a PhD, the Web was a different place, and I wasn't sure I wanted to spend the rest of my career in academia. So I took a year off, learned that I was a terrible freelancer, and ended up getting a job as a Mac Genius–which I credit for introducing me to the user experience discipline. I hit the books after work, and soon after, I started a new career as a UX designer, working on federal government projects.
A few years after that, I ended up at IBM Design, where I now design AI products for Watson. Not bad for self-taught, eh?
Also, definitely not how I expected to ever use my psychology degree.
These career twists and turns have made me a very patient listener and a habitual systems thinker.
At the end of the day though, I just love the Internet (so much that I was on a podcast about it). If there was no Internet, I wouldn't have become a designer. I would have listened to my parents, become a doctor, and be really bored.
Maybe I should start blogging again.