My name is Jamie and I just want to say I am excited I found a UX community that seems friendly, helpful and active.
I started designing web sites back in the late 90s while I was in college for a Medical Tech degree. I quickly abandoned any hope of being happy in the Med Tech field and loved design as I had always been a creative. I have spent 15 years in the design field creating UI's for multiple platforms but mostly web. These include large scale billion dollar ordering systems all the way to small mom and pop shops in the local area. I am now designing interfaces for a software company.
I was hired here to be a UI/UX designer and was excited to be told coding would not be required. Finally, every designers dream, to be a real UX designer and do the actual user research and follow a process... not just my assumption of what the user needs. Turns out, when they seen how fast I can code I dug my own hole. I now pretty much do more coding than anything else.
I am here because I desperately want to break into the UX field. To become a true User Experience Designer.. I want to learn the UCD processes and put it to use in real world scenarios. I am trying to force change where I am at now, it remains to be seen if they will accept it. I am half way through "Don't make me think" and I am going to get the ux mastery book to begin reading it. I have also began digging into usability.gov. I have a lot of questions but will save those for other forums. I just wanted to say Hi and I cant wait to learn from everyone!