User Experience

Hello, my name is Allison Walker, and I create solutions for digital and electronic experiences.

Services


I am a NYC-based UX designer with nearly a decade of experience in the field. I create experiences that solve problems for businesses and the people they serve.
Here is a taste of what I can provide:


User Research

I gather data about users, observe how they complete their tasks, interview them about their needs. I research competitive products. I use this collective data to help create personas and define the requirements and goals.

Information Architecture

I plan the organization, labeling, and structure of products. I consider users mental models and cognitive load. I consider the process of decision making and choice, to understand and map the user journey.

Interaction Design

I seek to create a clean and functional design. I ideate with low-fidelity sketches and thumbnails. Detailed, high-fidelity wireframes specify the layout and behavior of dynamic elements. I use tools like Axure to create prototypes.

Usability Testing

I create user tasks, act as test moderator, and gather metrics on how well the product supports user needs. I analyze test results and recommend product improvements or solutions to problems.

Collaborations & Tools

Visual Design Support

I work with visual designers as they apply logos and branding styles. I evaluate and guide the visual design it bests serve the user experience.

Development Support

I work collaboratively with full-time software engineers as they implement database-driven or dynamic user interfaces.

Ideas & Inspirations

When it comes to finding solutions to problems, I have a range of apps, JavaScript libraries, web galleries, UX pattern libraries, UI pattern libraries, type tools, portfolios, and more.

UX Tools

I am able to express my ideas with paper and pencil, sticky notes, or a white board — low‐fi tools I’ve used in the past. In no particular order, I’ve used Omnigraffle, InDesign, Axure, Illustrator, PowerPoint, and Visio. I’ve taken time to explore Sketch, which I used to layout this site.

Works


I’ve worked across a variety of projects types. Here are a few examples of the various roles I have held and projects in which have participated.

Looking for a resumé download or portfolio links?


App & Product Design

Information Design

e-Commerce

User Journeys

RWD / Mobile Design

Personas



Available Downloads


“When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”
Buckminster Fuller


About


I enjoy making tools that solve problems.


Interests

I enjoy focusing on productivity tools and applications, and mobile or responsive apps. But I have experience with many types of digital and electronic products, campaign websites, and other digital initiatives. I also have strong abilities in front-end web development, usability testing, and an eye for design and beauty. I write about these, and other interests, on my main WordPress blog. I collect relevant articles on Tumblr.

Contact

My email address is the first four letters of my first and last name, at Gmail.


Side Projects

Web Design

In 2016, I made a concerted effort to focus on two areas, graphic design and web development. In graphic design focused heavily on typography, specifically web typography. In web development, I focused my efforts on CSS and JavaScript, with the goal of learning the entire MEAN stack.


Projects
Creative Media

In 2009, I took 2 years to study at the ITP program at NYU. My goal was to combine my performance art training with my background in human-computer interaction. Many of my projects combined technology and media with expressions of personal identity.


Examples