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Caryn Vainio
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We are usually bombarded with packaging all through the day. From the breakfast cereals in the morning to commercials in front of the TV before we hit the sack. The majority of consumers judge the qua
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Following in the footsteps of Tesla and Mercedes-Benz, Nissan is now set to become the latest automaker to offer battery packs for stationary energy storage. The Nissan product should be relatively affordable, as it will incorporate used batteries from Nissan Leaf electric cars.
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A presentation I did a while back on UX in games using Paper.
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MockupWorld now comes with 200 free photorealistic mockups (iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, iMacs, Apple Watches and outside signs and billboards). Check them out:
The best free Mockups from the Web! Tons of free, fully layered and easily customizable PSDs! Ready to use in your projects, app showcases and presentations!
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Feedback plays a critical role in the design process. But instead of being productive, many design reviews merely conjure the ghost of collaboration, devolving into firing lines where everyone take...
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I've been here. The fact that the U.S. Has literally the worst maternity leave policies in the world is shameful.
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Don't step on my blue suede shoes.
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The hell, guys?
 
Looks as if the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics has started their war against women. ‹sigh›
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Today, I'll be messing around with windows and HUDs and so on. So um. I may be drawing from VERY obvious sources. 

But maybe blue, not red. Because cold. 
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UX Designer
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UX design, UI design, prototyping
Employment
  • Stateless Networks
    Principal UX Designer, 2014 - present
  • Z2Live
    UX/UI Designer, 2012 - 2014
  • Uber Entertainment
    UI Designer, 2009 - 2012
  • Gas Powered Games
    UI Designer, 2007 - 2009
  • Raven Software
    UI Designer, 2004 - 2007
  • Activision
    Online Marketing Specialist, 2001 - 2004
  • GameSpy
    Action Genre Producer, 1999 - 2001
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Female
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Hellchick
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Game UI designer, former astronomer, alpaca rancher, knitter, spinner, belly dancer...might be more, I can't remember.
Introduction
I'm a UI/UX designer (doing mostly UX right now) who's been in the game industry for ten years, now working at Z2Live in Seattle, Washington on a slate of mobile titles that includes Battle Nations and other yet-to-be-announced games. You may also know me as Hellchick, the nickname I've been gaming under for over ten years. Before I got into games I was actually studying astrophysics at the University of Wyoming, but after getting my B.S. games came along and swept me away before I could head off to grad school.

When I'm not making games, I'm handspinning my own yarns or knitting with them and taking care of the small herd of alpacas that I raise. (You can find my yarns at my Etsy shop at http://gloriousgrazers.etsy.com.) 

I'm also a Tribal-Style bellydancer -- I'm a principal dancer and occasional instructor with Skin Deep Dance (www.skindeepdance.com) in Seattle, WA. You can find us performing around Seattle -- check us out on Facebook or Twitter to see our upcoming show information.

Things I typically post about: I post a lot about UI design, user experience design, video games, knitting, and spinning. 
Bragging rights
Was active in high school Marine Corps. Junior ROTC and once spent a week in full-immersion Marine Corps. boot camp when I was 16.
Education
  • University of Wyoming
    B.S. Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Applewild School
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