Okay, I can respond to a questionnaire (though I do better when it’s formatted as a proper survey), so:
Where in the world…: Damn good question. Right this hot second, my body is in Woods Hole on Cape Cod, MA. You thought maybe there was stability?
I’m at the delighted curmudgeon stage of my career. I’ve been working at UX since 1993 and I’ve done it all, made some of it up, and can’t wait to get to do more and learn more. 3 things I’m sure of (1) I am not a visual designer though I understand the decisions and results of it; (2) I am not a coder (unless you count HTML and CSS as code - and I don’t) but again,blah blah understand, blah blah decisions, etc. (3) I am a damn good UX professional. I can balance all those elements, empathize with the users, define and ask the question that’s playing hide and seek with the team and making everything Not Quite Right.
Mu current challenges are finding a way to settle down on a base location, get paid, and get to do more cool work.
I’m passionate about personae (I’m agin 'em…strongly.) They almost always lead to creating for the fiction rather than the human. They are a Tool To Do It Wrong. I’m passionate about numbers to be tested. Stop debating this, it’s the first thing that was Settled: It’s eight. Here’s a brief summary: (A) You can’t do a perfect UX, 80% is as good as it’s going to get; (B) Testing 8 will give you the same results statistically as testing 200. © You can stop talking now. You can find the original paper on Jakob’s website <nngroup.com> along with a mess of other research.
I prefer dogs. strongly. although I love cats…but dogs!