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My Brontosaurus colony is growing rapidly.
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Totally digging my first pair of Fluevogs.
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And so it begins...
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If my cat were a blues musician, I'm pretty sure he'd be named Big Belly Pico. 
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RIP Johnny. I hope you and Muddy are playing together again.
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Wow, that sounds like a fun instrument!
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The nice thing about triangle shawls is how fast they tend to go in the early part of making them.
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You are making me itch to get back working on my Diana. It's gonna be so beautiful when it's done...but I have to re-practice lacework, entrelac, and reverse knitting, all of which I haven't done in probably  a year and a half.
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My students totally rocking it at MedFest! Enjoy the gym floor and kitschy backdrops. This is improv dance, by the way!
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Please take my survey on parenting and working and pass it along if you can! I'm looking for data for my upcoming talk on game dev moms, but you DO NOT need to be a mom or in game dev to answer. In fact, I need data from both men and women, in game dev or in another industry. You don't even have to have kids, though the survey assumes you'd like to have kids at some point.

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Love this: great story about the #UX design behind Stories.
 
Had a great time geeking out with +Alexis C. Madrigal at The Atlantic about how we built Google+ stories and why it turned out to be such a hard problem. 
Deep inside Google, a small team has been trying to solve a problem that's easy for any schmuck around the watercooler but frighteningly difficult for the world's most data-rich company: telling a story.
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Game UI/UX Designer
Employment
  • Z2Live
    UX/UI Designer, 2012 - present
  • 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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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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