We formed Nimble Partners in 2004 because we've always been inspired by communications that resonate with people and make understanding easier. We have successfully helped clients such as MIT, Harvard University, Cognizant, Verizon, Napster and many others by providing expert information architecture, user experience, and user interface design services that focus on what people value.
Designers, engineers, and communications professionals speak very different languages. I help bring them all together, and I've been doing this for the past 15 years.
As a design lead for ATG, I managed the interaction design for atg.com as well as for several other dynamically generated internal web applications, making sure everything we designed could be implemented (and took full advantage of the platform), and working with internal teams to plan the content that supported the site's features. Before that, I worked for four years as one of the webmasters for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, I helped maintain the Institute’s main website, web.mit.edu, and also consulted with departments and organizations across campus on web-related projects. MIT is a demanding environment for website design and production, and a successful project requires collaborating with external developers and designers to ensure sites meet the Institute's standards for web design, multiplatform compatibility, and accessibility.
I'm also an MIT graduate, though with an unusual degree – a bachelor's in creative writing – so I'm a geek, but one who expresses herself through the written word rather than through code. I'm also a co-author of The MIT Guide to Teaching Web Site Design, published by the MIT Press in April 2001.
I design interfaces and communications using a strategic, human-centered approach and what I've learned from 20 years of practice and study. My greatest professional satisfaction comes from testing a prototype with people who are delighted to be able to find what they are looking for, easily complete a task or make a connection where once they could not. Going back, I studied graphic design at Boston University College of Fine Art and in Brissago, Switzerland with Paul Rand and Armin Hofmann; read Emigré religiously; puzzled over David Carson's work; discovered Richard Saul Wurman's Access Guides; and designed educational materials for WGBH, annual reports for Haemonetics and admission materials for MIT. Fixated on designing publications that connected with people, I transferred my practice of creating prototypes for print work to developing and testing interactive prototypes for applications while in graduate school at the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology.
After ID, I helped garden.com enhance the user experience of its ecommerce and community site with ATG software; oversaw a team of designers at ATG who were working on projects for Target and Best Buy; worked with engineers and business owners to make ATG’s internal and external applications best-case examples of user experience in personalization, portal and ecommerce technology; and advised the MIT community on design and publishing.
My work has been published in Interactions magazine, Print magazine and How magazine, and recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the University and College Designer’s Association (UCDA). I co-founded and co-chaired the Boston AIGA Experience Design community and have guest-lectured in courses at MIT and Tufts.