Q&A: Christy Ennis-Kloote
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Christy Ennis-Kloote is a director of user experience at Visualhero.
She’s an eternal optimist with a high capacity for details. Her background in industrial design drives her to seek out users’ needs and answer them in the execution of the product.
Ennis-Kloote uses her passion for sharing with community as the local leader for IxDA Grand Rapids and as co-founder of Ladies that UX Grand Rapids.
She was also recently an adjunct instructor at Kendall College of Art and Design, teaching concepts and methodologies of user experience design through various digital formats, such as mobile phone or desktop applications.
Biggest career break?
Getting asked to bring my persistence, diplomacy and unique perspective as a female in a technical field to be a board member for the Interaction Design Association, or IxDA.
Constantly getting re-defined as I set new goals
Best advice you’ve ever received?
Best advice I got was from my mom. She basically said, ”If you don’t see what you’re looking for, inquire.” This gave me the reassurance that I needed to define my own direction. It’s given me my own personal challenge to find the hidden paths.
Photos of my babies, family, friends and travels — the things that reinforce my memory
To me it is more like finding the dream project. I take ownership on defining my own future, so I would need to connect that dream project where I could combine digital product experiences with making a powerful impact on someone’s life. It seems like I am getting closer to this every day.
Last book you’ve read?
“Show & Tell” by Dan Roam. It’s a great light read for communicating ideas.
Last thing you Googled?
“All Summer in Day” by Ray Bradbury to find a clip of the short film. Even though I saw it as a kid, I reflect on it to remind me to get out and appreciate the sun whenever you can.
Your worst habit?
The habit that will likely kill me as well help me to succeed is to always push myself to do more. I know I often put the worst pressure on myself. I need deadlines to give myself permission to stop.
To unwind, I like to . . . ?
Work in my memorial garden full of perennials or find new adventures with my family
To go on a world tour to see and meet friends and family
Person you most admire?
No person is perfect. I don’t think I have one person I admire, but I can say there are many women and men who keep me inspired. I surround myself constantly with those that fuel the fire for the passion for work and life.