Thanks for looking at my portfolio site. I am sure you are here for one of several reasons so I will try to be short and to the point. Instead of opining in large paragraphs I think a question and answer would be more efficient. Feel free to dive deeper into the site if you would like more information.
Question: How much experience do you have?
Answer: I have over 15 years experience with user experience processes, web design, web development and business analysis.
Question: What kinds of projects have you worked on?
Answer: My niche is web based heavy task oriented systems. However, I also have experience with branding and ecommerce site design.
Question: What hard skills do you possess?
Answer: My skills center around HTML, CSS, LESS/SASS, Balsamiq, basic JS/Jquery and the Adobe Suite of products. I am very familiar with responsive (mobile first) design and the Twitter Bootstrap scaffold system. I also developed in classic asp, php and SQL which gives me a unique perspective of development when I design.
Question: Are you a 'real' Ux'er or just a designer in disguise?
Answer: I want to believe I am a real Ux designer that employs empathy and tries to champion the good that Ux brings to everyone in an organization. I believe and adhere to Ux principles of research > analyses > prototype > user test > iterate in almost all cases where it is feasible. I understand the Ux process and I understand that design (IxD) is just a small part of Ux. I understand mature Ux teams have people who are dedicated to the individual sectors of Ux such as researchers, information architects and designers. However, as a Ux army of one, I am forced to be all of those things at the moment.
Question: Are trying to be a Unicorn?
Answer: I am really just trying to be a good all around Ux'er. I came from the design side and my design side is my most matured skill. I recognize my research skills and the analyzing of the research is where I need to improve the most upon. I am not perfect, but I am trying to further my skills in those areas and I recognize being a jack of all trades is also a master of none.
Question: How important is user testing?
Answer: In my view, its THE most important thing you can do. Without user testing and feedback you are essentially designing in a vacuum. In my current job, I create software that run gyms and fitness clubs. I have never owned or worked in a gym so how could I possibly know what frustrations gym software users deal with? The answer is I don't, but user testing gives me a glimpse into their world.