miranda clare mcgill | résumé

skills
  • Designing interfaces for software and web applications, web sites
  • Designing screen layouts and graphical elements
  • Creating wire frames
  • Designing user workflows and interactions
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Iterative design
  • Accessability
  • Developing graphical Java applications
  • Human factors
  • Usability methodologies
  • Conducting and analyzing usability tests, including: talking protocol testing, paper prototyping, card sorting, pluralistic review, expert review, heuristic review
  • Creating proof of concepts, including screen mockups and interface prototypes
  • Supervising website / application design, production and implementation
  • Supervising content development
technical skills
  • HTML, XML, CSS
  • Java, JavaScript
  • Director Lingo
  • Familiarity with C, SQL, ActionScript, PHP, Lisp (Scheme)
  • Familiarity with database design and implementation
  • W3C Standards
  • Section 508
  • Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop & Pagemaker
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver, Director and Flash
  • AutoCAD r.14/2000
  • Familiarity with Microstation, 3D Studio, MiniCAD, Form·Z
  • Accurender
  • MS Office
  • Unix / Linux
  • Windows 95/98/2000/XP/NT
  • Mac OS
languages
  • Native English speaker
  • Proficient in French
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Basic German and Welsh
education
1999 - 2001

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Master of Science: Design & Computation

Thesis: "A Visual Approach for Exploring Computational Design"Developed Shaper2D, a Java program to facilitate design theory teaching—with an emphasis on usability, interface and interaction issues.

Read my SMArchS thesis (.pdf format)
View the Shaper2D Applet (version 2.0) -- Java 1.2 required.

Please see classes for links to projects and information about subjects taken.

1994 - 1998 University of Manchester, England
Professional Diploma in Professional Practice (RIBA Part III)
Bachelor of Architecture (RIBA Part II)
BA(Hons), Architecture (RIBA Part I)
employment history
2005 - present

User Interface Designer
Oracle, Burlington, MA

Working with multidisciplinary development teams to spearhead user interface design in conceptualization, design, and development of Oracle's business intelligence products. Responsibilities include:

  • Identifying requirements
  • Developing user models
  • Designing and prototyping UI for interaction
  • Developing and maintaining UI specifications and guidelines
  • Communicating with development team to evangelize UI design directions and resolve design tradeoffs and implementation issues

Also collaborating closely with usability engineers to conduct necessary front-end research and support usability efforts throughout the product development cycle.

2004 (3 month contract)

Web Designer II
Bose Corporation, Stow, MA

  • Observed and analyzed usability studies of the purchase process sign-in
  • Improved the UI (error messaging, flow) for the purchase process sign-in
  • Web banner design and editing
2003 - 2004

User Interface / Web Design Consultant

Web Design/Optimization: Nancy Mroczek
www.nancymroczek.com, music.nancymroczek.com

  • Optimized user interface and page design for two existing websites.
  • Redesigned screen layout to incorporate additional content, including music, video, text, and visual content.

Web Design: Rudis Realty
www.rudisrealty.com

  • Created new web site that adheres to current accessibility standards.

User Experience Designer
SavaJe Technologies, Chelmsford, MA

  • Instrumental in setting up the usability lab
  • Designed, conducted, and analyzed usability tests.
  • Designed interactive screen interfaces for cutting-edge mobile technology using rapid prototyping methods (including Macromedia Flash and Director).
1999 - 2003

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

UI Designer / Java Application Developer
www.designmasala.com/miri/shaper2d

  • Developed advanced version of Shaper2D, a Java application and applet for use in studio design teaching.
  • Identified the usability, interface and interaction issues involved with designing software for designers.

StudioMIT: UI Designer / Project Manager / Usability Specialist
studio.mit.edu

  • Coordinated the technical and creative implementation of application modules, including QA.
  • Developed the interaction/interface design.
  • Refined the information architecture and user workflows.
  • Conducted usability studies; analyzed the results and advised the design team of key issues concerning the user experience.

Web Communications Researcher/Producer

  • Reviewed and analyzed usability studies related to proposed changes to MIT's top-level web site.
  • Created the initial HTML prototype of MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW).
  • Produced the working demo of OCW, which was granted $100million funding.

Teaching Assistant
Remote Collaborative Workshop, MIT / University of Miyagi, Sendai, Japan

Webmaster / Web Producer

  • Coordinated the implementation of the MIT Architecture Department web site.
  • Supervised the web design consultant.
  • Collaborated with faculty to gather and develop content, author web pages.
  • Developed the site-wide information architecture.
  • Developed faculty website for Megan Yakeley.
previous experience
1999

Architect
Ormrod & Partners, Liverpool, England

  • Planned and administered a system to decrease drawing errors and increase team productivity and communication.
  • Coordinated the CAD and I.T. implications of a £multi-million hotel extension to the Reebok Stadium, Bolton, Lancashire, England.
1997 - 1999

Architect / IT Manager
Paterson Macaulay & Owens, Wirral, England

  • Ran an assortment of projects predominantly situated in the north-west area of England. Responsibilities included: design, supervising planning permission and regulations applications, tender action and contract administration.
  • Organized and implemented a cost-effective digital editing suite and modem link between the two offices, facilitating production, collaboration and communication.
1994 - 1995

Assistant Architect / CAD Technician
Tang & Teo Architects, Singapore

  • Worked on a variety of $multi-million projects based in Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam.
1989 - 1996 (vacations)

Apprentice Horologer / Clock Dial Restorer
The Clock Shop, Hoylake, Wirral, England

  • Restored and repaired antique clocks and clock dials.
papers and publications
2004 "Designing Design-Mediating Software: The Development of Shaper2D", Proceedings of eCAADe 2004, Copenhagen, Denmark [read in .pdf format]
2004 "Shaper2D: An Interactive Shape Grammar Interpreter", Presentation at workshop on Implementation Issues in Generative Design Systems, First International Conference on Design, Computing & Cognition (DCC'04), MIT [read in .pdf format]
2002

"Shaper2D: Visual Software for Learning Shape Grammars", Proceedings of eCAADe 2002, Warsaw, Poland [read in .pdf format]

1996 B.Arch work published in 'MacUser' (UK), September 13, 1996
awards and scholarships
2000-2001 HASS Award, Department of Architecture, MIT
2000-2001 Dean's Scholarship Award, School of Architecture and Planning, MIT
1999-2000 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship
1989

Duke of Edinburgh's Award: Bronze Level

affiliations and memberships
2003 - present Greater Boston SIGCHI
2003 - present Association of Computing Machinery, SIGCHI
2003 MIT Usability Team
1999 - present UK registered (licensed) Architect, Architects Registration Board
additional information
general Clean UK and US driving licences. Authorized to work for any employer in USA and Europe.
interests
  • Travelling: USA, Australia, Europe, South-East Asia
  • Sports: soccer, motor racing, tennis, badminton, hiking
  • Cooking: Indian, South-East Asian, baking
  • Art & Culture: restoration of antique clock dials, HCI, web design, sketching, sculpture, music, jewellery making, cinema and film production.