Allovus: Tell us about yourself! What is your background?
Anne: I have over 20 years of experience working in user experience (UX). I’ve been lucky to work with a variety of companies, non-profits, design agencies, and in-house design departments.
Anne: I went to school and got a degree in anthropology. After college, I was doing admin work that involved some design—like newsletters, letterheads, and other simple things like that. I just fell in love with it. The place I worked for was matching art organizations with artists and teaching both groups how to create websites. I just wanted to do it full-time, and I kept landing in places that let me do so.
Allovus: What is your role and title at Allovus? What do you do?
Anne: Sr. UX Designer. I work for Studios on an ongoing project.
Allovus: Do you have a design philosophy?
Anne: Simple is best.
Allovus: What is your favorite part of your job?
Anne: Solving problems. It’s multipronged. I need time for the research and understanding. Then I like to bounce ideas off other people. That’s why it’s nice working with a team.
Allovus: What is your design superpower?
Anne: Being able to translate information between groups and manifest the right middle ground between requirements, dev capacity, timeline, schedule, budget, and user needs. It’s being able to balance it all and then being able to present that to different types of people—executives to product people to devs.
Allovus: Why did you choose to come to Allovus?
Anne: I just lucked out. I answered an email from a recruiter at Allovus I’ve known for a long time and she talked to me about an opportunity for a new gig.
Allovus: What do you hope to bring to Allovus?
Anne: Whatever is needed. I do enjoy a team!
Allovus: What do you like to do when you’re not working? Hobbies?
Anne: I like relaxing a lot, spending time in the hammock, and reading. The Seattle Public Library has a book bingo every year. It’s a fun way to read genres outside your normal genres you’d read. Memoirs have been one of my recent favorites. I recommend Brandi Carlisle’s memoir and also Megan Rapinoe’s book. I also enjoy walking our dog, Tallulah, and riding my bike. And I’m a tree hugger!