I'm a senior User Experience Designer based in the Seattle area, currently employed at Microsoft in their Operating Systems Group. Amongst my professional passions are natural user interfaces, motivational design, designing for constraints, and storytelling.

When I'm not designing, you'll most likely find me onstage. I am a professional musical theatre, improvisational theatre, and film/video actress. I've been an ensemble member with Unexpected Productions for over 6 years, and I appear regularly in their flagship show Seattle TheatreSports. I am also an improv instructor with UP, specializing in teaching beginning improv to adults of all ages by creating a safe and supportive environment.

Prior to joining Microsoft, I spent four years in the video game industry and have shipped over half a dozen games on multiple platforms. I've also worked in the theme park industry: for both Sesame Place (as an entertainer) and Walt Disney World (as an interface designer). In the fall of 2002, I was a teaching assistant for Professor Randy Pausch's "Building Virtual Worlds" class at Carnegie Mellon.

If you're on Twitter, you should follow me! (@muppetaphrodite)

Click here to view my recent video interview for LinkedIn's Get Connected series.

Cheryl Platz