Keegan Garvey portrait at Gooseberry Falls
 

CURIOUS, Strategic, Detailed, Creative, Empathetic, Collaborative, Enthusiastic

 
 

Hello! I'm Keegan Garvey and I'm a user experience designer but I am also a maker. I'm constantly creating new things - whether digitally or with my own two hands. Daily I am learning, exploring and discovering different ways to solve business, technical, and experience problems for the interactions people encounter on their devices. For each challenge I like to break out all the parts and pieces, like a good puzzle, and figure out the best way to put it all together to make things easier and delightful for users.

The world of technology is a rapidly evolving, exciting place – constantly challenging us to make things more approachable, more understandable, and more efficient. These challenges are why I enjoy waking up to a job that is always considering design. Creating frictionless and frustration-free experiences that don't have a giant learning curve for target users are two key things I aim to accomplish.

In my personal process, I zoom in and zoom out dozens of times over the course of a project. Zooming out allows me to see the forest for the trees, analyze the landscape and keep focused on the overarching vision, business and user goals, strategy and objectives. Zooming in allows me to think through information, hierarchy, flows, research results, and design details that make or break the experience. This constant back and forth keeps me balanced and ensures the solutions are thought through to the finest detail. The devil is in the details.

 

A few other tidbits about me…

 

When I'm not glued to my laptop, I love working on home renovation projects, crafting, gardening, baking, netflix-ing with my family, and going to concerts.

I live in Bloomington, Minnesota with my husband, 5 year old son, 3 year old daughter, and crazy yellow lab. However, I am a transplant from Iowa. I was born and raised in Clinton, Iowa where I grew up boating and fishing on the Mississippi river with my family, swimming daily in our pool, and playing various sports: soccer, softball, volleyball, gymnastics, track, and golf. 

My favorite color is turquoise and my sign is Aries.

I love music. My favorite genre is EDM but I play the violin and was in orchestra up through high school. I'm teaching myself to play the guitar as I received a white Fender telecaster for mother's day a few years ago. Rock on!

Some of my favorite movies and tv shows are: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Matrix Trilogy, Harry Potter Series, Star Wars (old), Legend, Arrival, Carnivale, Six Feet Under, Twin Peaks, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Legion, West World, Parks & Rec, Orange is the New Black, Making a Murderer, The Killing, and Homeland.

Some of my favorite books are: Harry Potter Series, The Host, Sookie Stackhouse Series, The Hunger Games Series, Game of Thrones, Stiff, UX Strategy, Lean UX, and Maxed Out: American Women on the Brink, Daring Greatly, and Overwhelmed: How to Live, Love, Work and Play When No One has the Time..

Some of the hats I wear: wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, ally, co-worker, facilitator, mentor, maker.