The A Team: Libby Duryee
Meet an Asymmetrik UX Designer
Nov 20, 2018
Meet Libby Duryee, User Experience Designer extraordinaire. At Asymmetrik, Libby helps our project teams design usable, elegant, and intuitive software. Since using software applications can often be difficult, Libby describes what she does as “helping users have a less frustrating experience with technology”.
UX design allows Libby to balance her creative side with her fascination with psychology. Specifically, she’s interested in the way people process and respond to information.
When designing, she digs deep to ask the important questions: what aspects of a layout evoke an emotional response and why? How can designers create applications that gain a user’s trust?
To understand how end-users think, Libby conducts extensive user research, interviews, and testing. She then translates her findings into information architecture and visual design. Her end goal is to create software that not only does what a user needs it to do, but does it in a way that is seamless and enjoyable. Libby says that the opportunity to interact with and help end-users is the most gratifying part of her job.
From Illustration to UX
Before she was a master of all things UX, Libby was a graphic designer and illustrator. Though she loved the field, she started to notice the industry shifting towards digital/web communications. So, she decided to adapt her skills, earning her Masters in Interaction Design and Information Architecture from the University of Baltimore in 2013.
But, Libby still enjoys illustration when she’s not hanging out with her 3-year-old son Sam, husband CJ, and two rescue cats Sully and Liz Lemon (she’s a big 30 Rock fan).
For her next project, Libby’s taken her inspiration from her son and wants to “illustrate some of the crazy things Sam says.” Lately, she’s been keeping notes of their conversations.
Here’s a sampling of what she’s collected so far:
- “I saw a bunch of dinosaurs down in the street catching a crab and eating it.”
- “I saw a bunch of foxes carrying a giant milk cup and giant dinner plate. And then they put a bunch [more plates] on top. And they just had all the corn and all the dinner and all the stuff and all the ingredients. They LOVE salsa.”
- After visiting a donut shop, he remarked that it was “very impressive!” Libby was shocked that he knew that word, and asked him where he learned it. He said “I just found it on Amazon.”
Hmm, sounds there’s a best-selling children’s book in her future. In any case, we’d love to see the finished product. There’s no doubt that we’ll see more great things to come from this talented designer!