|Andrea Joy Kendall's History
My love of art drew me to
computer graphics programming and started my career.
Then one day I read a book that would change the way I view
everything, Donald Norman's
Design of Everyday Things. It was
then that my
passion for creating usable interfaces was born.
My career began at IBM in Santa Monica
where I implemented many a Graphics User Interface. This
on a Paperless Factory application and designing a Redliner for CAD/CAM
drawings. IBM was a great place to work; lots of
really smart, classy, people Best of
were inventing new things all the time. I also enjoyed
president of the local IBM club where I was responsible for organizing
with over 3,000 attendees, such as family picnics and holiday parties.
After my days at IBM I
moved to a medium sized company that
seemed small to me at the time, Software Technology Corporation (STC), with only sixty employees. I was fortunate to work on
the design and
implementation of the flagship product called DataGate that allowed the
to grow to around 850 employees before going public as SeeBeyond and
being merged into Sun Microsystems.
At Sun I sought to learn
even more about Human Computer
Interaction (HCI) and sought out mentors in the XDesign group. Given my background in programming I
found that I was able to help identify desigins that could be
implemented in a timely manner.
After Sun Microsystems, I worked as a contractor at Guitar Center where I improved their E-Commerce site by using the available analytics, documenting and improving the existing navigation flow, giving an expert review of their mobile application and working on wire frames on for improvements to their online E-Commerce site. Guitar Center was a blast to work at. Where else does a Usability Expert gett to hear people jamming on Fridays? I left the assignment jazzed by the improvements that I made.
by the HCI
bug I want to
continue to make products that customers want to use.