On October 28 I wrapped up my work as Director of Information Architecture at Critical Mass. I really enjoyed the role, especially getting back to managing people and work (something I’m told I’m good at). Over my five months at CM I tripled the size of our team; addressed a number of issues within the practice; improved the quality of the work we produce; and mentored, coached and played a supporting role for all on the team. I had a chance to work with many talented folks across IA, Creative/Design, Planning and Project Management on a wide variety of projects including AT&T, Adidas, Nissan/Infinity. CM was a great extraordinary experience. But, in the end my work/life balance was suffering and I decided that I needed more time with family (an aging/ailing in-law, my son starting school and my spouse’s busy career among the things needing more attention).
I was expecting to just take some time off for a bit or to do just a bit of contract work, but a few opportunities came up. In the end I decided to join Edmonton-based nForm User Experience as a Senior User Experience Consultant. nForm does great work and I’m looking forward to working with them on a number of exciting projects.