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What I’m Looking for

Hi! You’ve reached the portfolio and blog of Misty Cripps. I’m a highly skilled User Experience Designer (UX), Interaction Designer (IxD), and User Researcher. I’m looking for volunteer opportunities in the non-profit, NGO, and corporate world.

Okay, so what am I looking for? I’m interested in remote opportunities. I’d like to be in a leadership position where I can manage others and the work, but do the work itself. I enjoy managing people on projects. I’m looking for projects where I can exercise both my managerial and design skills. I’m really interested in technologies and trends like IoT, No UI, and service design. I’m especially passionate about rescuing animals, economic justice, affordable housing, and democratic socialism.

Experience Summary

I have worked at all ends of the design spectrum — from conception to delivery. I started out in enterprise software at Saba and Oracle (PeopleSoft), working mainly on learning management and human capital management software. There I worked mainly as a UI designer/front- end developer. (I don’t do that much anymore, except with WordPress.) I moved on to Yahoo! working as a lead interaction designer for Y! Movies, TV, Health, Food, and Relationships sites. After leaving Y!, I moved on to the consulting world at frog design. I worked on all manner of projects — including websites, software, mobile, tablets, and wearables. My deliverables varied based on project, but I’ve lead and performed from discovery all the way through code complete. After frog, I decided to hang out my own shingle and go it on my own. I have freelanced mostly at smaller design firms in Austin, holding positions from Senior Designer to Creative Director.

I’ve also done a bit of writing throughout my career, having published a couple of articles in publications as diverse as Texas CEO Magazine to Pharmacy Times to blogging on various design topics. I’m also well versed in social media, having helped manage the daily social media for Texas CEO Magazine as well as the daily Texas Freedom Network clips newsletter.

About Me

When I’m not designing, I’m hanging out with my husband who does Marketing/Communications/PR, our three dogs (Mutt and 2 Rat Terriers), and a mercurial parrot. I love reading, dystopian TV series, writing, zoos, exploring, traveling (ask me about the bus ride from Belize to Guatemala), and just learning about new things. I also volunteer my time at Austin Animal Center.

What I Am Not

I’m not a visual designer. I don’t produce comps. I provide art direction, but I’m not a hands-on graphic or visual designer.
I also don’t do a lot of prototyping, mainly because I’ve had the luxury of working with many talented design technologists who can do that in an amazing array of languages. If I do a prototype, it’s usually something along the lines of an interactive PDF or HTML5/CSS. But I’m far from being an expert in any programming languages. And, honestly, it isn’t something I enjoy doing. Much of this site has been hand coded (mainly because WordPress is, well, WordPress). So my skills (or lack thereof) are on full display.
Though I’ve worked quite a bit in enterprise software, it’s not one of my passions. I have also done a considerable amount of web work, but haven’t worked much in e-commerce.

Thought for the Day

openquote1Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.closequote1 – Dieter Rams

Recent Articles

My latest project was an an article about probiotics published October 2017 in Pharmacy Times.

I also wrote an article awhile back about digital legacies. Where does the information go? What do people do with it, if anything?
What I’m Reading

Misty’s books

Smoke and Mirrors
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The Scarlet Letter
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Life After War
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You Won’t Remember This: Stories
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Moriarty
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