“It’s nice to have a craft. It can be unique, and no one can take it away from you.”
I had the pleasure of meeting Maureen for coffee to hear her thoughts on design. Above all else, her favorite aspect of design is the sense of producing tangible output.
To junior and experienced designers alike, Maureen recommends pursuing creative careers that allow you to see the results of your hard work.
“Over time,” she continues, “craft gives you identity.”
Seamless User Experiences
On the job, Maureen specializes in user flow. Often a frustrating aspect of mobile, Maureen strives to find the best way to string together an entire task, to give users a seamless experience.
“Mobile is distracting,” she explains, which is why Maureen also pays close attention to the consistency of a user experience. During her time on the Mozilla design team, Maureen focused on improving the app store experience by using patterns, icons, and calls-to-action that made the most sense, without getting too far away from traditional molds that people come to expect.
After getting her Master’s in Human Computer Interaction in Ann Arbor, Maureen worked at an architecture firm. Her biggest architectural (and design) inspiration is American architect Louis Kahn. His works are regarded as monumental and monolithic, beyond modernism.
“Kahn is timeless.”
Maureen is inspired by his work because he uses classical forms in understated ways. Opposite of flashy, Kahn also found innovative ways to let light into a space. “His attention to detail in the materials, surfaces, and even door handles is impeccable.”
Much like UX design, Kahn’s work is inspiring to Maureen because it is scaled (and optimized) for humans.
Inspiration through Nature and Art
A quick scan on Maureen’s portfolio also makes it quite clear how inspired she is from nature and her art.
In addition to the Koi pond shown above, here are two other favorites captured by Maureen: