Kate Meyer

Title:

UX Specialist

Employer:

Nielsen Norman Group

Degree:

BSIS
MSIS

Graduation year:

2015
"The tools and software and trends will come and go, but the core human nature that drives interaction patterns will stay."

How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS?

I was fortunate to begin my career while working on my bachelor's and master's degrees - through internships while earning my BSIS, and by studying part-time while earning my MSIS. Balancing work and study put me in a much better position in my career after graduating with my master's degree.

In your current employment, what are your job duties and responsibilities?

I wear a lot of hats, so to speak. I consult with clients on their strategy for digital products; I speak at UX training conferences all over the world; I conduct UX research using a wide variety of methodologies; I write articles and reports on UX topics. I'm also our small company's event photographer on the side.

What projects have gotten you most excited and/or what accomplishments have made you the proudest?

It's hard to choose. I enjoy different projects for different reasons, and I like that my current role provides a lot variety in my work.

How did your time at SILS prepare you for the future?

SILS prepared me for my current role better than I ever realized at the time. I remember being frustrated at times that some of my courses focused so heavily on theory and less on applied techniques. I was feeling the pressure of the UX field--experience is everything. But now, out in that field, I realize the true value of a thorough foundation in information theory and human-computer interaction principles. It's something I draw upon every day. The tools and software and trends will come and go, but the core human nature that drives interaction patterns will stay.