TG Spotlight: Emily Norton
Job Title/Role: Director of Solution Design
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Green Bay, Wisconsin; I also spent a lot of time in New York City where my dad lived.
Q: What career path did you choose for yourself as a child?
A: I thought I would be a fashion designer or graphic designer.
Q: What is your spirit animal and why?
A: Woodpecker. I just love them. They are unique. I listen for them when I walk in the woods.
Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
A: I always loved Computer Science, but it took a while to find my niche in UX/UI. I majored in Economics in college and took Computer Science courses throughout, but started to focus more on art and design by the time I graduated. I ended up in a job doing technical documentation and found myself in the early days of the Web, designing and building interfaces to find information online. I understood that there was an important role for people who could be a bridge between technology and the people that use it, and the “why?” behind it all. I’ve been working in that space ever since.
Q: What's your favorite book?
A: I love to read, but I can’t pick a favorite. I read a lot of non-fiction and design books.
Q: Where is your favorite vacation spot?
A: Madeline Island in Lake Superior. A very magical place.
Q: Is there anything on your bucket list?
A: I’d love to do more traveling, especially all around Europe and to Thailand. I’d also like to run a half marathon again. It’s been a while since I’ve done one.
Q: Do you have any hobbies/activities you like to do in your free time?
A: I love to play Mah Jongg and I enjoy getting outside all times of the year. I’m also a volunteer DJ at my local community and college radio station.
Q: What do you love best about your job?
A: The chance to creatively solve challenges every day. I love that I can flip from code to design to writing to analysis all within the same work day. I am as excited about the web as ever.
Q: What has been your best experience at TG so far?
A: The people! Remote working is going well. Everyone is awesome, including our clients!
Q: What technologies have you worked with or enjoyed working with?
A: I love working with front-end code, and coding for semantics and accessibility.
Q: What tech trends excite you the most in 2021?
A: Continued focus on accessibility and inclusion in web design, and developments in healthcare interoperability.