Making the User's Everyday Easier

 

My Work

HPE

01/19 - 01/23

Our team was tasked with helping new users to understand how to use SPOCK and for experienced users to understand how to adapt new tools into their workflow. This included a new onboarding system, to their newly re-layout out application. I was in charge of making sure we got things done on time, along with helping the UI layout design.

NHS

01/19 - 01/23

This Maymester project consisted of trying to improve the dialect within the NHS employee environment, about the work environment. I had the opportunity to lead testing and be an advocate for Purdue University.

ABB

01/19 - 01/23

Over the course of the semester, we intend to strictly define the problems with Work Place application and improve the system through various methods of research and design, to create a more intuitive experience for users. In this project I was one of the team leads, of six designers.

Grocery Shop

01/19 - 01/23

This 3-week project we were tasked to change the shopping experience. We were given a location, but no straight forward problem. In this project, I played a major role in testing, ideation, and UI layout.

Garmin

01/19 - 01/23

Our team was tasked with improving the LiveTrack feature within the Garmin Connect application through various methods of research and design, creating a more intuitive experience for users. In this experience, I was the main daily contact for Garmin.

Art

01/19 - 01/23

These are a collection of art pieces I have created over the years.

 

ABOUT ME

Creative, problem-solver, people listener, storyteller...

Does it seem too pretentious? Not to me! Helping people and solving problems is my passion. Listening to people, having empathy and doing user research is part of the way I relate to stories and people as well.

 

Then I found design and my previous interests lead me to the exciting world of User Experience. I never stop questioning how design can improve and shape my life, and the ones I design for. 

My Design Philosophy

My Vision

I remember trying to peek over the edge of our dining room table, trying to get a glance at my mother as she wrote out checks when I was little. Watching as she carefully wrote out the amount and then rapidly scribble in her calligraphy signature.

 

Design to me is like writing with a pen. I have been given all this knowledge, or ink, and have all the resources to design. Yet the decisions to scribble or to carefully fill out the check is up to the designer. Depending on the situation and what project you are currently facing, each check would be different. Sometimes you have to put caution to the wind, and test on the spot to get the raw hard feedback, thus getting dirty splotches all over the check. Other times you want to take your time developing ideas and have beautiful cursive so it is elegant for people to read.

 

No matter the metaphor, designing, to me, is taking a less desirable state of a product or service and using creative problem solving and methods to make it a more desirable state. The desirable and non-desirable states will differ from project to project, as defined by clients, users and other stakeholders. As designers, the responsibility is on us to take all these things into consideration and depict the desired requirements and present an efficient and creative solution.

 

Thus, never having the exact same check or pen markings.

My ultimate goal is to make an impact on the user’s everyday life, even if this is by a simple thing, like a click of a button.

Google has a Design Anecdote, that sums this up nicely, it is.

"The Toothbrush Test: To build experiences that users use twice a day, every day to make some meaningful differences in their lives."

My Professional Work

I have had the opportunity to work on many projects as a UX Designer. Each project has its own challenge, user, client, and end goal that makes it special. In my undergraduate years at Purdue, I had the opportunity to be a student collaborator for industry leaders. On some of these projects, I was tasked to be the leader of a design team, which ranged from 5 to 10 teammates. I also am the current User Experience Designer for the Envision Center. The Envision Center is a service laboratory specializing in scientific visualization, virtual reality simulations, multimedia production, and human-computer interaction research. I directly work with clients, VR technology, and more. 

What I Do

USER RESEARCH

Observe · Analyze

STORYTELLING

Empathize · Listen

UI DESIGN

Innovate · Create

COMMUNICATION

Team Work · Verbalization

 
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Maddisen Sharpe

 

Purdue University 2021

BS User Experience with a Minor in Psychology & Communication

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