Smith Schwartz is a digital nomad who cascades with style around U.S. and the globe while working as a front-end developer and designer. She also writes about her adventures at Schwartzography.com as well as in the column ‘Well-Designed Travel’ at Apartment Therapy where she explores the intersection of travel and design on the road.
For more, keep up with Smith on Twitter as @smithschwartz.
UX Camp 2013: Prototype Camp
About two years ago, my partner and I left behind our Chicago home and nearly everything we owned to pursue a fanciful life of nomadic travel. We had flexible jobs where working from home was considered normal, so we wondered why couldn’t home be anywhere we want it to be? This lifestyle (though not without its challenges), has enabled us to visit new places, learn new languages, skip winters and spend time with the friends and family that we rarely got to see in our formerly stationary lives.
The way we go about our day-to-day life on the road has been informed and made better by many of the development practices we already had, particularly in terms of prototyping. We continually strive for tight feedback loops so that we are free to try new things and quickly adapt. In our case we work for continual incremental improvement in our skills, our experiences, and our ability to connect with others to arrive at the most intentional and rewarding life that we know how to live.