Methods is a sous vide cooking companion mobile app developed for the FirstBuild community's User Interface Challenge for Precision Cooking, hosted in partnership with G.E. Appliances and Local Motors. In partnership with my School of Information classmate, Brian Carlo, I designed a clean interface that focuses primarily on temperature and time for sous vide cooking.
TravelBites: Discover the World through Food – my team's final project for INFO 213: User Interface Design & Development at the School of Information. Over the course of the semester, my team and I conducted contextual inquiries, user interviews, heuristic evaluations, and think-aloud studies to slowly shape our initial ideas into TravelBites.
Prior to attending the School of Information at UC Berkeley, I worked as a professional graphic & web designer and developer at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for three years. One of my more recent projects was designing and copywriting a competition entry book for Bruin Plate, a beautiful new residential restaurant on campus.
I am a big fan of participating in hackathons and designathons in my spare time. I worked on Azimuth with two School of Information classmates, Gracen Brilmeyer and Carlos Lasa, at the 2014 CMYK Designathon. With Azimuth, we explored the topic of making UC Berkeley more accessible for visitors in terms of mobility, color blindness, and deafness.
Yapi Kapi was a winning hackathon web app created to help the Hearst Museum at UC Berkeley visualize and share their vast Native American collection with the world. I collaborated with a wonderful team of classmates: Gracen Brilmeyer, Brian Carlo, David Ramon Eicke, Pi-Tan Hu, Sindhuja Jeyabal, Nikhil Mane, Aditya Mishra, Anand Rajagopal, and Ellen Van Wyk.
January 2015 – It's been a wild, thrilling ride so far at the School of Information at UC Berkeley. I am loving my time here in the Masters of Information Management & Systems program, particularly because of the amazing people I've been able to meet, work with, and learn from.
I was able to take a diverse and very full course load last semester, and each one of my classes has made me a richer person since I started. I became proficient with Python in INFO 206, where I learned how to work with MapReduce, binary search trees, Beautiful Soup, security protocols, and SQLite.
It's been a wild, thrilling ride so far at the School of Information at UC Berkeley... and I'm loving my time here.
I was at first daunted by the number of concepts presented in INFO 202: Information Architecture, but I soon began to "see 202" in everyday life all around me. Mentally, I found myself breaking down things I observed into organizing concepts I learned from class. Despite the difficulty presented by new articles coming out every few days about Uber, I enjoyed writing my final paper on the company and exploring the interactions between Uber drivers and app users.
For INFO 290M: Entrepeneurship Start-up Strategies, I will always fondly remember staying past midnight with my team to develop our startup idea into a fully-fledged, winning business model and pitch presentation. We talked to potential customers and service providers, learned how to "run the numbers" in our model, and pruning our pitches down to mere minutes.
Last but not least, in INFO 213: User Interface Design & Development, my team and I spent the semester talking to users, figuring out their needs, and continually iterating our project according to the feedback we received. It was an amazing experience watching our initial concept completely transform and evolve into TravelBites, our final project.
I'm really looking forward to making the most of my remaining time here at Berkeley! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments at ssnipes [at] ischool.berkeley.edu