Proudest project moment: I would have to say working with the team at Alberta Education. It’s a fun environment, they have a great team in place, and we are working on projects that will have a really positive impact in the day-to-day lives of teachers. To me, that’s really important work.
New app/tool that you’ve started using in 2014: I’m not huge into apps, in fact, I’ve made a deliberate effort to work more with just paper and a pencil. I think the free flowing nature of working that way helps me think clearer, faster, and focus more on what I’m doing instead of the tool itself. It also makes for an interesting dynamic during meetings to not use a projector all the time.
Favourite work-related book in 2014: Really enjoying About Face 3 by Alan Cooper. It’s an encyclopedic reference for Interaction Design, just full of little tidbits and helpful advice. I’m a big fan of back-to-basics type approaches and I find Alan’s book to be a good overview of those basics.
Funniest moment that happened at nForm HQ: I once briskly walked out of our boardroom due to a 12 foot 300 pound hulking wasp that occupied the window during a meeting. Luckily, Johanna demonstrated extreme bravery in the situation and made the wasp an offer it couldn’t refuse.
Favourite book you read in 2014: I recently read Clutter Free with Kids by Joshua Becker. I have a 2 year-old son whom accumulates a mountain of stuff from all of his loving relatives. This book serves as a nice breathe of fresh air on how to deal with this new clutter that could easily take over your house.
A personal goal you accomplished in 2014: This year I made a big career change, leaving my previous job of 6 years, and I couldn’t be happier. It was a tough decision, but I think it was clearly a good move. Looking forward to many new projects and many more new faces with the team here at nForm.
Favourite Edmonton event: My favourite Edmonton event is Spooktacular, put on by Fort Edmonton Park. I think the environment they create for halloween is incredible, and the haunted houses are fantastic. Everyone should go!