Larry Blog Committee: Hi Yvonnia, the Larry Blog Committee would like to ask you a few questions and get to know what you do a little better. Can we start by asking you to tell us a little bit about yourself?
Yvonnia Martin: I was born and raised in Baltimore City, MD and actually still am a resident. I began a career in the advertising design and illustration industry in 1998. Along the way, I took a strong interest in e-marketing and product development. And after years of working in the print industry, I obtained a Master of Science degree in Interaction design and Information Architecture from the University of Baltimore. In my spare time, I am a bronze-2 level ballroom dancer.
Larry Blog Committee: How long have you worked for ANCILE Solutions? What did you do prior to joining the ANCILE Solutions family?
Yvonnia Martin: I’ve been with ANCILE for 3 months now, but everyone has been so warm and welcoming that it seems like I’ve been here for years! I come to ANCILE from the e-commerce and product development department of Marriott International. I’ve also worked for the Epilepsy Foundation, Black & Decker, and the Baltimore Jewish Times.
Larry Blog Committee: Your current role at ANCILE is a Human Factors Engineer. Could you give us a brief description of what you do?
Yvonnia Martin: My work involves the intersection between marketing research, business and technology. I am here to understand how users are using the products so that I can help make them better. As a Human Factors Engineer, I have to know and consider human capabilities and limitations. I use a variety of techniques to accomplish this work. It’s fun but also very challenging because it requires a broad range of knowledge and skills.
Larry Blog Committee: What are you currently working on?
Yvonnia Martin: Currently, I am testing and refining some new concepts that the team has created. These concepts are from two products in our portfolio—uPerform and uAlign.
Larry Blog Committee: You work a lot with user interfaces. How important is this to our product?
Yvonnia Martin: Extremely important! The interface and the interactions are a part of the user’s experience with the product. If a person is not comfortable with using a product or it’s a pain to find things, that can mean the difference between the life, or slow death, of your product. People avoid pain and discomfort whenever possible.
Larry Blog Committee: We’ve heard you have posted a request for input from our uPerform Express customers this week. Could you tell us a little more about this?
Yvonnia Martin: Sure! In order for us to continue to make products and features that our customers love, we need input from our customers. I am actually looking to find out how uPerform Express content creators/managers are structuring content in uPerform Express — i.e. Do they have a broad range of folders/categories with a narrow set of documents in each? Do they have a narrow range of folders/categories that go very deep with the documents? Or is it a mix of both? I can accept screenshots, uPerform simulations or links.
Are you interested in helping out Yvonnia on this project? If so, you can leave a comment here or contact us by sending an email to ANCILESupportCommunications (at) ANCILE.com.