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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 my next big opportunity in a design leadership role.

Okay, so what am I looking for? I’m interested in opportunities outside of Texas. I’d like to be in a leadership position where I can manage others and the work, but get my hands dirty as well. I enjoy managing people on projects (though I’ve never yet had direct reports) and look forward to building my skills and experience further in that area. So, I’m looking for a position where I can exercise both my managerial and design skills, or there is a career trajectory to get me there. I’m really interested in emerging technologies and trends like IoT, the No UI movement, and service design.

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.

About Me

When I’m not designing, I’m hanging out with my husband who is a Marketing Specialist, our two dogs (Yellow Lab and Rat Terrier), 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 Dream a Dream Therapeutic Horsemanship leading children and adults in rides, taking care of the horses, and generally doing anything they ask me to do.

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 article about CCOs published in the July/August 2015 issue of Texas CEO magazine.

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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