Why it's me, Peter
I'm a Web design guy residing in San Francisco, running my first company,
engaging in various forms of Web punditry, drinking coffee and scotch
(not together) to keep going.
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by Southwest, 1999, 2000, 2001
Summit, 2000, 2001
'99, June 1999
Spoke on User-Centered Design. Hosted Webpardy!
Spoke on User-Centered Design.
'98, June 21-25, and September
Advisory Board member and speaker. At the actual conference, I'll have
two roles: 1) speak on the evolution of interface
design, and 2) host Webpardy!,
a Web trivia game show. (Know any good Web trivia?)
'98, April 14-16 1998
Advisory Board member and gad-about. Didn't have to do a whole lot.
Web Publisher, March 16-17 1998
Moderated a panel on Designing
with DHTML. I was very pleased
with how it went; three developers and two browser representatives intelligently
answering questions. And it was nice to have Netscape and Microsoft on
the same panel and not snipe at each other.
New Orleans, October
My first Advisory Board and speaking engagement. I gave a talk titled
"From Page to Stage: The Paradigm Shift of Dynamic HTML." Well-received,
it cemented my persona as "DHTML Guy" which I've been trying
to shake since.
As one's worth is determined by one's
labor, here's where I've toiled:
March 2001 - present
One of seven founding partners in a user experience consulting company.
Creative Director from October 1999 to November 2000.
Freelance Web Problem Solver
From November 1998 to October 1999 I was solo. Here's my official
Started May 26, 1998. Under the job title Problem Solver,
I'm resposible for a number of things, focusing on usability and
Hired in April of 1996 as a Web Developer to build sites,
I introduced the wild notion that technologists could actually inform
the design process by contributing their knowledge of how things
I'd always seen technology as a means to a design end, not an end
in itself, and I grew tired of the too-rapidly-changing pace of
Web technologies, so I changed roles and was an Interaction Designer,
responsible for bringing the rigors and methods of user-centered
design to our projects.
The dream job that wasn't. Actually, that's not fair, as for
the first year and a half was an amazing learning experience. Hired
as an intern in CD-ROM production, I moved up into production assistant,
then Quality Assurance tester. Understanding that the Web was the
future, I found myself the manager of the Voyager's web site, in
charge of the marketing and sales of CD-ROMs and laserdiscs. I was
webmaster before I left in February of 1996. With Voyager's implosion
in 1997, I don't believe any of my efforts are up any more. C'est
Berkeley's School of Education
Where it all began for me. I was the Research Assistant
to Professor Bernard Gifford,
former VP of Education at Apple. Professor Gifford's main interest
was computers in education, and I was set up with an impressive
multimedia system and paid to learn Director, Photoshop, and Illustrator
so that could assist in creating programs for the department.
|Applying for my first Internet account
at UC Berkeley, I asked for the user ID of "peterm". Already
taken, my quick mind responded, "peterme", which was available.
Later, I got an AOL account, and requested the screen name "peterm".
Not wanting "PeterM1634" or whatever, I asked for "peterme",
which was available. The ID seemed destiny, so I've stuck with it.
World Beyond New Media
|Contrary to what many believe, there's
more to my life then new media.
I'm a cineaste
(or "cine-asshole") who doesn't see enough films.
I'm a Californian without a car, which labels me as "freak".
I bicycle everywhere, and even take part in Critical Mass. I was on
the ride that was a supposed "riot", but, well, you could
have fooled me.
I love coffee and coffeehouses, though I only drink two cups a day.
Favorite coffee is Peet's,
and I'm a fan of the bumper sticker "Friends Don't Let Friends
Drink Starbucks". My favoritest coffeehouse in the whole wide
world is Farley's
on 18th near Missouri.
I live on an often loud residential block in the Mission (East of
Mission St.). It's a darn good neighborhood with great bars and restaurants,
and convenient proximity to freeways and BART.