About

Cirque Interactive is a small, woman-owned business located in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. We have experience working with clients, large and small, from the government, health care, education, and non-profit sectors, as well as private sectors clients from fields including insurance, manufacturing, publishing, communications, information technology, and human resources.

We are happy to travel and have worked with clients all around the country, from the DC metropolitan region to California and other areas on the west coast. In addition to offering the skills of its Principal and Consultants, Cirque can often assemble a team of designers and developers to meet your needs.

Please contact us to see how we can contribute to the success of your project.

Lynn Baumeister, Principal

Lynn Baumeister has over 20 years of experience in the computer science field and has been working for the past 8 years specifically in the area of usability. She is an expert in user research, user-centered design, and information architecture, as well as the federal requirements governing the accessibility of web sites for people with disabilities. Ms Baumeister's work draws on both analytic and quantitative methods all aimed at the creation of usable software and web sites.

Prior to moving to the field of usability, Ms Baumeister worked as a programmer and taught in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She holds a Masters Degree in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.

Ms Baumeister is a member of the Usability Professionals' Association (UPA), the Society for Technical Communication (STC), and the Association of Computing Association (ACM) Special Interest Group in Human Computer Interaction. Recently she served two years on the board for the local chapter for the Usability Professionals' Association (UPA DC Metro).

Associates

Lisa Battle, Interaction Design Consultant

Lisa Battle has 15 years of experience in eliciting user needs, designing to support user performance, and leading successful user-centered design projects. She has designed usable software, web-based applications, and web sites for clients in a variety of industries and in the federal government. She is also an expert on accessibility, which makes products and services easier to use for people with disabilities.

Ms. Battle has presented on accessibility, usability, requirements engineering, semantic web, and strategic design at numerous conferences, including UPA, HCI International, Society for Technical Communication (STC), ASSETS, Extreme Markup, and the Government Solutions Conference. She is the author of two book chapters as well as articles in Performance Improvement and the IBM Systems Journal. In her six years of consulting with the U.S. Social Security Administration, she was instrumental in institutionalizing usability and creating a center of excellence for user-centered design within that agency. Ms. Battle holds a master's degree in Cognitive Psychology/Human Factors from George Mason University. Ms. Battle is the Principal at Design for Context.

Rachel Sengers, Interaction Design Consultant

Rachel Sengers is an interaction designer and information architect with over 10 years of experience designing Web-based applications and sites for a variety of clients in the communications and financial industries, the federal government, and other sectors. She helps clients to clarify project goals, plans how users will move through a site and accomplish their tasks, specifies the details of the user interface, and then monitors development to ensure project requirements are implemented.

Ms. Sengers has experience with all stages of the user-centered design process, including gathering requirements, prototyping, visual design, user testing, section 508 compliance, and production. Her background includes many years as a Design Director, guiding a team of designers and developers at a web design company. She is completing a graduate certificate program in Information Design at University of Baltimore, and is an active volunteer with the Washington, DC Chapter of the Usability Professionals' Association.