#WeAreArity Wednesday: Maggie Brink
When my friend asks me what it is that I do again, I say…At Arity…
I wear many design hats, but I solve problems by advocating for the user’s needs first. I use human-centered design principles to translate Arity’s wide set of capabilities into usable and valuable experiences for third-party mobile apps.
In your own words, what is Arity?
Arity is a data and technology company that uses telematics data to help drivers save money and to create more personalized mobility experiences.
What is your work for home set up like?
I was lucky enough to win the second bedroom for my office set up. It’s simple, but over time I’ve started to fill the space around my desk with various figurines and Lego builds to emulate what my workspace looked like back in the office. When first I started at Arity, the Device Manager team collected superhero action figures that sat on our pod area. I think I subconsciously started to do the same to reflect a piece of Arity at home.
We all commuted into the office prior to COVID, how are you spending the extra time?
Extra time in the morning is my favorite perk that comes from working at home. Instead of rushing out the door to catch the el, I’ve really enjoyed spending time for myself when I wake up. I usually make myself a coffee and read a few chapters of my book before logging on. Sometimes I’ll even fit in an at-home Pilates session with time to spare before stand-up.
Most people don’t know that …
I’m a voracious reader. Last year, I completed my goal of reading 20 books – most of which fell into the sci/fi fantasy genre. I’m shooting for 25 this year and am currently reading my way through works of both fiction and non-fiction to learn about ancient mythologies. I’ve covered Norse mythology so far and have ancient Egypt and Greece on my radar.
The theme song of my life is…
I’m getting married this year, so lately it’s been “You Make Me Feel Like Dancin’” by Leo Sayer
Would you get in a self-driving car? Why or why not?
I would, but only on a test track! I struggle with how out of control I would feel throughout the whole ride, but I would want to try.
Favorite innovation pioneer?