I love the web. I love community. I love the idea of people communicating with people, and processes being optimized to allow for better communication. I love watching and experiencing the growth of the web and the companies that are changing the game, and I love throwing my hat into the ring and being a part of it.
Design is just the tip of the iceberg for what I bring to the table. I love UX, and by that I mean I love creating user-focused solutions that compliment a user's desires for intuition, relevance, and perspective. The days of web design driven by internal-only direction are over; the web has become a responsive place, where users demand and expect usability on their terms. I create solutions that empower users, not inhibit them.
I also love process and workflow. Like everyone, I want things to be easier, simpler. I want to be faster and more productive all the time. I'm constantly trying new tools, integrating new apps, further optimizing my keyboard shortcuts, further extending the capabilities of the websites I visit. "How can I be productive while driving?" "How can I get work done while at the gym?" I always want to be on my game, and am constantly thinking of ways to change the paradigm if no solution exists.
I love crowd-sourcing. I love gamification. We each find meaning and value in different ways. I want to compliment that. I want to make things easier for people and enjoyable at the same time. I want to acknowledge when people go out of their way or achieve things, and have them know that they are being listened to and appreciated. The web can serve to further empower each of us, and I want to provide the solutions that achieve this.
Most of all, I love people. The value of the web transcends its websites; it's about people and their ability to communicate.
Soapboxing: Do you realize how fortunate we are to be alive right now, at this point in history? We are the generation that saw the birth of the internet. We are witnessing a cultural revolution right now. The world has forever changed due to the advent of the internet; the ways we communicate, the ways we educate, the ways we do business—are all going through a radical paradigm shift. And best of all, we get to play a part in it. By creating for the web, we are shaping the future of our world. It's an incredible opportunity to transform the landscape and bring humanity–as we know it–to the next level.