What I’ve Been Up To

Hello friends!

It’s been awhile since my last post. Here’s what’s been going on.

  • Education
    I just completed Semester 2 of my User Experience Design Master’s Program. Both classes dealt with User Research. Things are continuing to go well, and I’m learning a lot.
  • Creative Writing
    After my flourish of posts about getting back into creative writing, it may appear I immediately went dormant again thereafter. That’s not entirely true. I definitely have not been writing as much as I did during winter break. School and work have made it very challenging.

    However, I’ve been doing what I can. I’ve done brainstorming exercises on my bike rides to work, coming up with ideas that may or may not make good stories. On a recent train ride to Chicago, I started “penning” one of those thoughts, and cranked out a few pages of ideas. I’ll take whatever creative outlets I can.

  • Work
    I’ve been super busy at work, but it’s all going well. One thing of note – I’ve been learning a lot about industrial design through multiple projects I’m involved in. It’s an area of design I’ve barely had any involvement in, but through working with great partners and talking to industrial designers, it’s opened my eyes to a whole new world.
  • Home Life
    While Wisconsin spring has been a bit, shall we say, inconsistent, we’ve been enjoying as much of it as we can. We’re prepping the gardens, flipping the compost, and installing a rain barrel. The patio furniture is out now too, so here’s to a spring and summer of cookouts.
  • What I’m Reading
    Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny…for the umpteenth time, because it’s so damn good.
  • What I’m Playing
    Diablo 3, Season 6

I’m also very much looking forward to seeing my friend and colleague Alan Schwegler in action tonight at mkeUX, delivering what’s going to be a fascinating discussion called Evangelizing Design Leadership. Irish Pub, 6:30…be there!

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