Hello, I’m Alex!
Just like Sampson, I was born and raised in a quiet little town, however, my dad was totally into electronics and all things Radioshack so my first computer was a TRS-80 CoCo2. I learned my ABCs from Cookie Monster Letter Cruncher and basic electronics from Rocky’s Boots. While I learned a few simple commands (‘LOADM’ ring any bells?) it wasn’t until much later that I started getting into programming.
My first experience on the Internet was using a terminal and telnet to connect to the University of Michigan and download freeware/shareware games for the ‘family computer’ a Mac SE/30.
Later, I bought a book from BDalton(RIP) which had a list of websites, MUDs, MUSHs, & MOOs (those distinctions mattered!) and using the NCSA Mosaic browser. I even remember stumbling onto Yahoo and making a few submissions to their directory.
In User Research, I traverse time to observe and make sense of user behaviors, feedback, and larger trends. My time is pretty well split between experiments, prototyping, secondary readings (Research) and sensemaking (Synthesis). I also like to pitch in when help is needed spinning up a webpage, testing a new build, or being the Deckard Cain of documents, policies, and internal decisions.
That’s mostly it; I look forward to chatting with you!