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Laura Sue Design

About me

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Originally a Computer Information Systems major, I followed my interest to a digital art class that steered me toward graphic, motion, and web design.

I picked up HTML and CSS from an interest in understanding how things work behind the scenes — something I still find extremely gratifying.

I then started working with databases, PHP, and self-hosted WordPress websites, eventually starting a lucrative business. This was wonderful for a while.

Evolution

Five years ago, I started hitting a wall — I couldn't do any more of the same thing. I began exploring user experience and design thinking.

Suddenly I had terms that defined what was important to me the whole time — to build the solution for the user, not the maker; to get feedback.

Since then I've practiced a human-centered approach to my work, advocating for users of all backgrounds and abilities.

What I aspired to when I retired my freelance business was to work somewhere with a user research team, and what I got was that plus a requirement to be WCAG compliant, which led me to discovering my true love of creating accessibile experiences.

I'm on a journey to becoming a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA). (I took the CPACC exam in June, and am currently working on the WAS.)

Play time

Outside of work, and when we aren't in quarantine, I enjoy hiking, snowshoeing and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Last year I hiked over 350 miles, including summiting Mt St. Helens with some friends.

I snowshoed through a deserted Yosemite National Park in 2019.

The CEO of Public Interest Registry introduces me at the .org book launch party at ICANN Toronto.

I'm standing on the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland.