Survey Design: Understanding Impediments to Voting

Objective

Our group generated a survey to measure voting preferences and behavior. What are the stories behind the 43% of eligible voters who did not vote in 2012 or 2016?

Methods

To answer this crucial question, I took the lead with the group in formulating the questions, implementing the survey logic in Survey Monkey, and illustrating key graphs based on findings. We tested the questions with five people and revised any questions based on user input

After writing the survey questions, our group utilized Mechanical Turk to get a random sampling of answers from the general United States population.

Displays illustrated graph of the top three reasons why people didn't vote.

After we completed the survey, we presented our findings about reasons why and potential obstables voters face when attempting to vote.

Skills Used: Survey Design, Graph Illustration, Survey Monkey, Quantitative Methods

Portfolio

Image of charts with survey data results for participants who answered the question - Do members of your community vote?

Surveys: Who Registers to Vote?

After studying best practices for survey design, our group asked a sample of people about their voting behaviors and preferences.

Success, Access, and Innovation bubbles with recommendations

Information Architecture: Maryland Higher Education Commission

Another project at The University of Baltimore required rethinking the information architecture for Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

Blurred out image of a gaze plot

User Research: Public Housing Authority Project

At The University of Baltimore, my team was tasked with completing a eyetracking research project for a local housing authority.

Image of a group of researchers testing paper protypes of a mobile design.

Interaction Design: Hosts for Humanity

Our group got to work with local non-profit Hosts for Humanity to build a new booking process. Based on research, our group prototyped a mid-fielity mobile site experience, and I was the lead on creating the asset in Axure.

Chart with cognitive learning principles.

Poster Design: Redesigning Error Messaging on Github

Speaking from experience, learning to code is intimidating! And while the developer community is generally friendly, learning how developers work takes patience, time, and resiliance. What can Github do to help users, especially those learning to program, recover from errors while using the application?

Gloo map with results of data from the contextual inquiry.

User Research: Improving the Admissions Customer Experience

A university wanted deeper insights about improving the overall admissions experience for potential students. Using contextual inquiry methods, the group I worked with pinpointed pain points and suggested potential solutions.

Baltimore Improv Group cover.

Website Design: Baltimore Improv Group Redesign

After talking with members of the Baltimore Improv community, and performing myself for a minute, I worked closely with the managing director and community on web presence that visually captured the unique facets of this community.

StarChapter knowledgebase cover.

Association Management Design

My first full professional design project in a full-time role was redesigning the knowledgebase for a software-as-a-service company. Let's say I learned a few lessons, and embrace both my wins and losses.



I make the non-linear clearer

Chat listing experience in a time and years of experience format.

Who am I?

I am a user/customer experience specialist with a love of philosophy, psychology, and mapping. What I care about is technology tools meet the needs of an end user, and I use my varied background to help organizations reach their goals of increasing quality, both in terms of product and process. My toolbelt in design and development includes experience in quality assurance, business and data analysis, web design, managing domain settings, mobile responsive design, and technical implementation.

Currently, I am a student at University of Baltimore's Interaction Design and Information Architecture master's program. I am currently taking a class in Sequential Design and Visualization.

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Experience

eCommerce Specialist (Mar 2020 - Present)
QA Analyst (Feb 2019 - Feb 2020)

Money Map Press

Perform checks in staging and production environments for a multitude of projects, including development deployments and site configuration changes. Troubleshoot coding errors and clean up HTML/CSS on existing pages.

  • Significantly reduced ordering errors and increased responsive design output.
  • Contributed to eComm and promotional team efforts with designing with HTML/CSS, system maintenance, data analysis, cross-browser/device testing, and project management.

  • February 2019 - Present

    Data Analyst and Administrator

    The Park School - Baltimore

    Provided data administration in Raiser's Edge for the development and fundraising department. I mastered comparing large data sets in Excel with VLookup, served as the project lead for the annual report data listings, and provided data for monthly board reporting

    October 2017 - January 2019

    Contract Web Content Specialist

    Johns Hopkins Medicine

    Worked within Drupal and Confluence to setup new navigation structures for an association website release.

    August 2018 - September 2018 (Temporary Contract)

    Implementation Specialist

    StarChapter

    Provided a bi-weekly online training about managing responsive web content and generating emails in StarChapter. Updated HTML, CSS, and PHP code as needed to meet the customer's design requirements. Provided technical support, product assistance and training to the customer base of board members of local associations.

  • Gathered requirements and setup 100+ business systems with websites and relational databases for new customers.
  • March 2015 - June 2017


    Recruiter - Creative and Technology

    Creative Circle

    I interviewed more than 300 job applicants for positions in design, copywriting, marketing, project management, art direction, UX design, and account management.

    May 2012 - March 2015

    Education

    University of Baltimore

    M.S. Student in Interaction Design and Information Architecture (IDIA)
    Current Coursework: Sequential Visualization and Analysis

    My goal in pursuing a Master's degree in IDIA at The University of Baltimore is to research accessbility for voice and gestural based devices. Part of this research is becoming technically proficient in programming interfaces.

    January 2020 - Present

    University of Baltimore

    UX Certificate
    Coursework in Design Psychology, Interaction Design, User Research Methods, and Information Architecture

    GPA: 4.00

    August 2018 - May 2019

    The Graduate Center at CUNY

    M.A. in Liberal Studies with a focus on Gender and Sexuality Studies
    PhD Level Coursework in Educational + Developmental Psychology, Sociology, and Political Philosophy. I pursued this program with a goal of applying for PhD programs; however, I decided to go into the private sector.
    May 2008 - January 2011

    New York University

    B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, minors in English Literature and Sociology
    September 2001 - May 2004

    Training

    Professional in Human Resources Certification (PHR)

    HRCI
    May 2014 - Present

    Skills

    Tools and Languages & Tools
    • HTML/CSS
    • Research Methodologies
    • JavaScript (Beginner)
    • Photoshop/InDesign
    • Wireframing Tools (Miro, Figma, LucidChart)
    • Responsive Design
    • Excel/Google Analytics
    • Content Management Systems (Various)
    Graduate Level Coursework
    • Interaction Design
    • Information Architecture
    • Intro to JavaScript
    • User Research Methods
    • Humans, Computers, and Cognition
    • Educational Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Rethinking Neoliberalism