My name is Chad Calease. I built this site in the 90’s to support my learning habit, as a place to keep artifacts, stories having mostly to do with people, ideas, and technology. Hopefully they’re metaphorical crumbs, too, a trail to help someone find their way back to whatever it was they were supposed to be doing before getting lost on the Internet.
Speaking of getting lost, I’m gifted at finding my way out of dense and vast forests, both literally and figuratively. I’m grateful for the way those experiences continue to harden my skills and soften my heart. That may be a way of saying I’m a self-taught type who learns best from practical application in the field, doing things out in the wild world.
I’m a people-focused designer at heart and a technologist by practice. Creative and technical skills live in the same room in my mind. They need each other. I work across disciplines with a diverse array of clients and industries to bring clarity, meaning, and fluency that helps others better define their complex system challenges in order to deliver better solutions through an agile approach to design thinking. You can read bits of the story’s arc of how I got here by visiting ux.wimzkl.com
I’m successful at what I do because I communicate and connect with diverse audiences in meaningful and memorable ways: people with diverse backgrounds, cultures, skills, and ability levels, including business leaders, creatives, designers, engineers, knowledge workers, the technical elite, and everyday folks who just want that machine on the desk to change their world, preferably by noon.
Some stuff I do, in no particular order:
- Cyber Resilience Strategy
- UX Architecture
- Bespoke Training
- Technology Strategy and Infrastructure Architecture
- Write for Cool Publications
- Memorable Conference Presentations
- High-End Media Solutions
- Moderate Panels and Podcasts
- Worship my Queen
- Dadding and Stepdadding
- Follow Through
- Cook Stuff
- Break and Fix Stuff
- Take Pictures
- Evangelize Media Literacy
- Stroll with Meta
- Ride Bikes and Generally Spend Time Outside
It’s not easy but, yes, even in spite of our current social-political challenges, I remain optimistic about the future and our opportunity to have a role in helping to evolve into a thoughtful culture that collectively values empathy, tolerance, respect, diversity, and neurodiversity, with a genuine commitment to learning and making good decisions for the long term.
Since early in 2007, I’ve kept a micro-journal of sorts on Twitter with these same motivations in mind.
If you find something useful and/or inspiring here, cool, use it but please share and share, alike.
See you around.