What This Blog is For

Hi, I’m Rebecca Jensen (or ‘RJ’), and I’m active member of the Cascade Orienteering Club in Seattle, Washington.

Early in 2015, I began the process of designing a new website for the club. My first step was not to design what I thought the site should look like. Instead, it was to interview current and potential users of the current site, and identify their goals and frustrations. I would then design the site around their needs, instead of my presumptions.

Designing around user needs is a quick way to sum up the emerging field of User Experience (UX) Design, and at first, that’s what I wanted to write about here: how I used the principles of UX to design and build the new CascadeOC website.

But why stop there? There are so many things, and so many people, behind running and promoting a club. So I might also invite other Cascaders to write about their areas of expertise, such as mapping sprint venues, jersey design, live results, our volunteer point system, running our huge School League, and all the things that make Cascade… Cascade.

So that’s what this blog is for: to share some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into Cascade Orienteering Club. This is Running Cascade.