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Hi! I'm Serina Patterson, a Medievalist and UX/web designer


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Pixel Perfection

I have a deep interest for all aspects of design and development, ranging from UX prototyping to large-scale application projects. I have worked with non-profits, organizations, and individuals, on a number of projects.

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The Quill is Mightier

My research focuses on medieval game culture, book history, and game studies. My publications have appeared in the journals Studies in Philology, LIBER, and Scholarly and Research Communication .

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Passion in Action

Passion underlays everything I do and I believe in both research and development. I enjoy discovering new knowledge and helping others achieve their dreams.

Design

From wireframes and prototypes to large-scale web design and logos I enjoy working on interesting projects that help people reach their goals

In the fall of 1994, I acquired my first computer: an old, dusty secondhand Tandy 1000x. While it didn't do much more than boot Frogger, its mysterious workings intrigued me and welcomed me into the wonders of digital technology. I tinkered with Visual Basic 6 in highschool and discovered Flash and C in undergrad, but my true beginning as a front-end designer started in 2008 when I was building prototypes for 'digital-age' youth at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab in Victoria, BC. This early research sparked an enduring passion for web and interaction design. Since then I have worked with a number of clients, ranging from budding artists to large, interdisciplinary teams. I also have a number of personal projects in development, including an interactive edition of the medieval fortune-telling game Chaunce of the Dyse, which aims to provide an educational resource for exploring medieval games in our modern world.

In addition to my work as a web and interaction designer, I have designed logos and created branding strategies for a number of organizations. I enjoy building intuitive, elegant user experiences for the web and mobile devices, coding in jQuery (and occasionally PHP!), and watching someone's dreams come to fruition using HTML5 and CSS3. I have also worked extensively with the content management systems Joomla!, Wordpress, PKP OJS, and Drupal and frameworks like Twitter Bootstrap.

In need of a web or UX designer? I would love to hear about your project! serina.laureen@gmail.com

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Research

Working with 600-year old manuscripts has ignited a passion for studying games and book culture, both medieval and modern

I study medieval manuscripts and literature from c. 1250-1550. My current research focuses on the convergence of manuscripts with late medieval game culture and I am editing a contributed volume, entitled Games and Gaming in Medieval Literature. My interest in medieval literature, game studies, book production, and reception also extends into our own perception of the Middle Ages in gaming contexts. More broadly, I am interested in the ways in which different interfaces—especially games, web technology, and other interactive media—tell stories. Additionally, I conduct research on user interface design, textual scholarship, social computing, and online communities.

For those who enjoy puzzles, I post premodern game puzzles on Tumblr, called "The Merry Gamester." Each post contains a chess, tables, and nine-man morris problem, includes a brief historical account, and, if possible, displays images of the puzzle from early books and manuscripts.

Check out "The Merry Gamester" here!
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Books and articles I'm currently working on (click the images to see more):

Edited Collection Massive Chalice Article Chaunce of the Dyse Article Vox and Wolf Article

Games and Gaming in Medieval Literature
This contributed volume examines the relationship between games and literature in different social settings and genres.

"Women, Queerness, and Massive Chalice: Medievalism in Participatory Culture"
This artcicle explores what happens to game production for neomedieval games when gamers are able to participate on crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter.

Designing the Interactive Page: Editing Chaunce of the Dyse as a Digital Application"
This article investigates the idea of interactive interfaces in the Middle Ages and the challenges of editing interactive texts, such as the fifteenth-ccentury Chaucerian fortune-telling game Chaunce of the Dyse.

"Rubricating the Vox and the Wolf"
This article examines the scribe-compiler's rubrication of the early Middle English beast tale, the Vox and the Wolf, in light of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century scribal practices.

A Little Bit About Me

A few little known facts: I know how to Hula dance, I make my own cheese, and I have uncanny navigational awareness*

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. I received an M.A. in English at the University of Victoria in 2008 and an Honours B.A. with distinction in English and Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2007. I have spoken at over twenty conferences around the world and won awards for my research...and moose calling. I consider myself incredibly fortunate because my job enables me to do what I love. Medieval manuscripts and modern UX design seem to encompass separate interests, but they are tied together by the ways in which different technologies create experiences for readers, players, and users. I am also an aspiring game designer and occasionally dabble in Unity, Blender, and Construct2.

Email me for research possibilities, talks, work inquiries, or to say hello: serinap@interchange.ubc.ca
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I am originally from Northern Ontario, Canada and am currently living in the Pacific-Northwest. Growing up in the rugged lakes and woods of the North taught me how to build fire, track animals in the snow, catch (and clean) fish, and hunt partridge. My aesthetic often retains an earthy, rustic-chic look. I am happily married and live with four birds (two conures, one white-bellied Caique, and one Grey-Headed Cape Parrot). Outdoors, I enjoy hiking, camping, running, and exploring the wilderness. Birding is almost an obsession all its own. I also love to fish and will go fishing whenever and whenever the opportunity arises. Indoors, I am an avid gamer (my favourite game of all time is Dragon Warrior), yarn spinner (wool, not tales), and amateur rare book collector, especially works by William Morris. I also play Irish traditional music on the tinwhistle and I am attempting to learn the ukulele. Sessions are fantastic places to meet fellow musicians and learn new tunes, and I can occasionally be found in a pub whistling a few jigs!

*Except after a few pints of Guinness