I work in environmental symbology, which is the study of the symbolic significance of human-created spaces. Simply put, I explore what things mean to people and how they are connected to one other. My professional design work includes hospitality, healthcare, residential and corporate interiors, digital and print media, interface and interaction, exhibits, visual merchandising, and production for stage and film. This broad background enables me to understand the many ways people shape the world around us through design, and how that designed world shapes us.
In particular, I focus on problematic disconnects within and between human-computer and human-environment interactions. My expertise has contributed to forward-leaning projects on design-related technologies from Adobe, Android, Apple, Layar, Samsung, and Wacom. Most recently, my colleagues and I have been working with digital drawing tools to find out what makes them more - or less - easy to use and whether they are better - or worse - than traditional pencil and paper. As an environmental symbologist, this means I explore people's relationships with these traditional and digital tools, develop hypotheses, test and refine my ideas, and then develop models to explain what's going on and how to make it better.
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