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my ongoing meditation on systems, human cognition, and how to best collaborate with teams to delight and empower both.

Special Olympics of Northern California Special Olympics of Northern California Special Olympics of Northern California Special Olympics of Northern California

By ninavizz

On 24, Mar 2011 | In | By ninavizz

Special Olympics of Northern California

Project Tasks: Stakeholder interviews, client-site workshops, functional audits of existing vendors & capabilities, user interviews, users roles definition, ux strategy.

The client’s expressed goal was to automate numerous patron & administrative tasks through the website, enabling the org to build new communities online, and enabling marketing efforts to better exploit social-web opportunities.

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Virtuwell Virtuwell Virtuwell Virtuwell Virtuwell Virtuwell

On 08, Feb 2010 | No Comments | In | By ninavizz

Virtuwell

Primary Tasks: Interaction design, user roles definition

Virtuwell is a first-of-its kind online service, taking the “Ask A Nurse” concept to the next level by offering diagnostic & treatment services for the most common & least-invasive maladies, that would otherwise cost much more to treat via physician office visits. And would require the hassle of leaving your house.

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BEA Participate!08 BEA Participate!08 BEA Participate!08 BEA Participate!08 BEA Participate!08 BEA Participate!08

On 18, Apr 2008 | In | By ninavizz

BEA Participate!08

Primary Tasks: UX/product strategy, hybrid interaction/visual design, content strategy & copywriting

From April 12-15th 2008, BEA Systems hosted their annual user conference in Chicago. Upon arrival, all attendees were given iPod Touch devices pre-configured for the conference, and prior to the conference were introduced to its website through Registration.

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Palm Foleo Palm Foleo Palm Foleo Palm Foleo Palm Foleo Palm Foleo Palm Foleo

On 14, Aug 2007 | In | By ninavizz

Palm Foleo

Primary Tasks: Client-site workshops, hybrid interaction/visual design, weekly micro-usability testing, prototype building in Flash. VERY quick iteration.

This was probably one of the most full-team, highly collaborative projects I’ve ever worked on. The initial ask was to simply polish a dowdy & troublesome suite of native apps on the yet-to-launch Palm Foleo device. And maybe the OS. At the eleventh hour, before the product’s long awaited launch.

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Yahoo! Yahoo! Yahoo! Yahoo! Yahoo! Yahoo! Yahoo! Yahoo!

On 08, Feb 2007 | No Comments | In | By ninavizz

Yahoo!

From March 2005 through 2006, I worked with Yahoo!’s HotJobs business-unit. In March of 2006, I joined the Platform Products Group, to work with the Yahoo! Network Standards UED team. My role was Senior Visual Designer,and with both teams I delighted greatly in the wealth of opportunities to collaborate with & learn from some of the best interaction designers & user researchers in the biz.

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Ink, paper, dies, and factories; with athletes, divas, scientists, and more.

By ninavizz

On 24, Feb 2003 | In | By ninavizz

Ink, paper, dies, and factories; with athletes, divas, scientists, and more.

Primary Tasks: Art direction, design, management of freelance designers, photographers, stylists, and licensees. Press-checks, prototype development with overseas factories, model casting, guerrilla photography & styling.

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Art direction and the design of physical products and narratives was my professional focus, prior to 2004. Not much changed when I moved into digital: narratives are narratives, usability is usability, craft is craft, and manufacturing & shipping needs are akin to scaling & production needs. Humans will always be complicated. That keeps things interesting.