I'm a senior User Experience Designer based in the Seattle area, currently employed at Microsoft in their Server & Tools division. I love turning complex problem spaces into delightful experiences, applying my dual passion for creative arts and complex technologies.

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 5 years, and I appear regularly in their flagship show Seattle TheatreSports.

I also work with Seattle-area nonprofit IGNITE (Inspiring Girls Now In Technology Evolution), a group devoted to exposing young women to the potential careers available to them in science and technology. I served IGNITE as their Vice-President for 2 years.

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