Hi, I’m Amy Hoy
And I’m on a crusade to change the world by making kickass software—and inspiring others to up their design & development game.
I’m not sure there’s a word for what I do. “Interaction design” doesn’t cover it.
I do everything from the conception—why should we build, and what?—to the interaction design—how will it work?—to the visual design—how does it look? With a healthy dose of positioning, promotion, and copywriting in there somewhere.
I’m…holistic. Also terribly overworked, bad at delegating, and, yes, anal retentive.
The bottom line is:
I do my best to rethink problems that get the same treatment, over and over, by other folks. I come up with things others don’t—and I try to teach them how they can, too.
Wait wait—code AND design chops? INCREDULOSITY!
Yes, I do both. I can’t say “I came to design from a programming background” or “I came to programming from a design background.” Neither are exactly true. I came and went from both, sometimes simultaneously! (See the silly timeline below if you fancy boring details.)
This could also be summed up as “You got programmer in my interface designer!” and “No! You got interface designer in my programmer!” Two great tastes that, yes, taste great together.
So I’m a weird beast in both worlds. Or a peanut butter cup, depending on how you look at it.
Stuff I’ve Designed, Written, Said
I dunno about you, but I can only take so much of this obscene self-aggrandizement. So how about checking out the goods?
Stuff I’ve designed for “me” (non-client work):
- Freckle Time Tracking, the first product I created on my own, with Thomas & abloom
- Twistori, the semi-famous emotional pulse of Twitter
- Twistori Desktop, Twistori on your desktop: your themes, your keywords, including screensaver export!
- CreativeScrape, a first stab at a non-traditional feed reader
Non-snoozy client work:
- The Twitter visualizers called Zeitgeist for SXSW, Internet Week NY 09, and BlogHer (more info here)
- MINI Positweets
- Sunlight Foundation Transparency Timeline
- Infovark UI consulting (in progress)
Books I’ve written:
Stuff I’ve written about what I’ve done:
- How we tap the Twitter Zeitgeist
- my Jelly! talk with Naveen Selvadurai of FourSquare — transcript part 1
Conferences I’ve spoken at since 2004ish, some about code and some about design, in no particular order:
- Webstock (regular talk + full-day workshop)
- OSCON (regular talks several years in a row; also a half-day workshop, & I became a committee member)
- Kings of Code
- RailsConf (several times)
- Italian Perl Conference
- Philly Emerging Tech
- Canada on Rails
- various barcamps
Upcoming speaking engagements include:
- JSConf EU
- Webstock 2010
Look at me, I’m different!
Me, talking about how I’m different… too clichéd for an about page? I mean, rah, rah, go me!
How I’m unique and beautiful—or perhaps just strange and frustrating—is handily explained by my career timeline:
1991: I wrote my first BASIC code
1993: I got my first copy of Photoshop, version 3.0
1994: I created my first web page
1996-97: I transitioned from plain jane HTML pages to really designing ‘em (albeit amateurishly)
1998: I designed my first web app (a CMS, what else?) and built an online journal by hand
2000: I learned SQL, database design and PHP to build my own apps as I designed ‘em
2004: I jumped with both feet into Rails at version .7, and wrote some famous tutorials and cheat sheets
2007: I returned to the bliss of consulting
2008: Shipped Twistori and CreativeScrape with my then-fiancée. And founded a company with my new husband, Thomas Fuchs, author of Scriptaculous (among other things)
Enough for you?
I’m bored. How ’bout you?