My name is Lawrence and I consider myself a UX Activist. In this era of ubiquitous devices, interfaces, and applications, user experience is of the utmost importance and is no longer a "nice to have". Understanding the users goals, motivations, and cognition are not only fascinating, but essential. I’ve been doing this since before I knew it was a profession.
I began as a web/graphic designer and over time evolved into a web developer.
As the web grew more complex, so did my design and development chops. On the development side, I turned my attention to gaining a deep understanding of front-end tech, various frameworks, and tools to build applications; however, to build useful, complex applications, the user experience becomes the cornerstone upon which everything else is built.
This idea prompted me to study how and why people would use applications. I became very single minded about the overall experience of using my software, and extremely passionate about creating efficient, intuitive, and pleasurable interfaces.
|What I Am|
|An advocate for the user experience.|
|Comfortable with full stack js development.|
|Always trying to learn more than I knew the day before.|
|Experienced in the entire interaction design process|
What I Am NOT
|A person that simply uses UX in their title.|
|A designer who knows just enough development to get by.|
|A person content with what I know.|
|A person that simply makes pretty graphics and icons.|
|What I Am||
What I Am NOT
|An advocate for the user experience.||A person that simply uses UX in their title.|
|Comfortable with full stack js development.||A designer who knows just enough development to get by.|
|Always trying to learn more than I knew the day before.||A person content with what I know.|
|Experienced in the entire interaction design process||A person that simply makes pretty graphics and icons.|
|Chrome Dev Tools||My Imagination|
|Front End Development|
|Reading About UX|
|Nerd Related Activities|
|Eating Ice Cream|
Right now I am studying different ways to avoid vanity metrics when helping start ups build their products. I feel that this is one of the bigger inhibitors of true growth in many tech start ups today.
In between my studies, I am devouring any books I can find concerning the topics of cognitive psychology, HCI, and as many research papers from various NASA researchers because their pragmatic approach to HCI is at the core of my interests.