James M.


Champaign, IL

Member since:

September 10, 2012

Do you have a favorite UX/IA/UI book and if so why?

Edward Tufte's books about his theories of effective data visualization have been an inspiration. One of the joys of these books is that he publishes them himself so that he has complete control over the visual presentation of the material. His painstaking devotion to effective layout and efficient use of ink makes the books themselves a sort of embodiment of his theories in action. Also, the books contain great case-studies of some of the most fascinating and user-friendly info-graphics published throughout history, as well as some graphics that fail spectacularly. (titles: "The Visual Display of Quantitative Data", "Visual Explanations", and "Beautiful Evidence")

What do you do (or want to do) related to the UX field?

I hope to work in web development, helping users around the world efficiently access data that can change their life. More specifically, at this point I am learning and hope to make use of front-end web technologies such as accessible semantic HTML markup and progressive enhancement with client-side scripting. That being said, I can't say that I am not interested in other aspects of web development such as user research and back-end server logic.

What's the one tool that you couldn't live without? (Analog or digital)

A basketball. I don't usually like to run. In the context of a spirited game of pickup basketball, however, my legs have a mind of their own. Muscles get exercised, sweat flows, and fun is had. Some may call a ball a toy. To me, though, the object that enables me to get healthy exercise with a smile on my face is a life-changer, as my mind becomes sluggish when I lack proper activity.

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Thus far in my education I seem to have favored breadth-first exploration, dabbling in art/design, social sciences, compSci, and more. Web Development and UX has seized my interest due to the incredible convergence of disciplines involved.

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