People are at the heart of UX
Working with people has defined the best parts of my career. It’s who I am.
Collaboration: From researching motivations, behaviors, and decision making—to advocating for end users throughout strategy and design processes—I love to see a product or website being used and making a real difference in someone’s life.
Empathy: By incorporating aspects of Design Thinking and workshop facilitation to engage stakeholders, a framework is established to put the users and customers first.
Advocating: I am a strong advocate for ethnographic studies, card sorts, surveys, usability testing, and even guerilla research. Whether qualitative or quantitative, user research teaches us about our own assumptions in addition to giving us insight into the lives of those we impact - and never fails to make our work better.
Learning: I have been fortunate to mentor junior UX practitioners and participate in outreach programs such as Tech Girls, hackathons and even the University of Michigan's Global Information Engagement Program. I get excited when I think about the impact these students will have on the future of UX and the world we live in. Their energy and their conviction that they will change the world for the better always inspires me.
I am very honored to be featured by my employer, Slalom, in this wonderful article by Maggy Lehmicke.
Stacie Sheldon on courage, language, and identity
This article was a few years in the making. I hope you will all enjoy my perspective on these important topics.
From scientific racism to inclusive design
Margaret Noodin and I were delighted to be interviewed for Michigan Radio’s Stateside Podcast!
Ojibwe.net: Revitalizing Anishinaabe language online
What Others Have Said
Stacie is an incisive creative thinker, who has a vision for how user experience can be applied to improve human experience. She’s a true visionary and innovator that can see her way through ambiguity and complexity, using intellect, wit, and kindness to navigate. Stacie could take on even the most cutting-edge, advanced settings and emerge as a valued thinker, leader, and mentor. She’s a fast self-learner and thrives on continuous exploration and learning.
Partner, and CEO at Echo&Co
Stacie’s work is quick, thorough, designed to meet business objectives while creating an experience that consumers will enjoy. Not an easy challenge. I would highly recommend Stacie to create any type of digital experience and look forward to partnering with her again.
Senior Manager, Global Digital at HARMAN International
Stacie has an uncanny ability to thoughtfully and empathetically stand in the user’s shoes, and to conceive and structure a digital interface that is intuitive and satisfying. She is a highly senior expert in the principles of good UX design, and combines them with a deep creativity to produce delightful digital experiences.
She’s also a gifted facilitator and practitioner of user research. She knows how to eliminate bias from feedback, and she is skilled at analyzing the results.
Partner, and CTO at Echo&Co
Stacie and I worked on several projects together, and I was always impressed with her calm, precise ability to break down and solve the right problems even in the chaos and noise of a large, dynamic agency. She’s a brilliant designer and a genuinely helpful and insightful person to work with, and I would gladly work with her again.
Head of Product Design, Aircraft Technical Publishers
Stacie is not only a skilled UX practitioner, but she excels at empowering her team – both in providing guidance and in impacting group dynamics and organizational culture to lower barriers. She takes an active role in ensuring the success of not only her own projects, but is a strong advocate for all UX team members across the organization. Stacie has been a huge asset to Team Detroit and I cannot recommend her highly enough.
UX Design Lead at Aon
Due to non-disclosure agreements I am unable to showcase much of my work online but I would love the opportunity to talk through it.