About Me

I’ve spent my career working with a range of companies, from fast-paced start-ups to innovation labs at corporations. My journey as a designer began with studying both industrial design and graphic design at the Savannah College of Art & Design. It was during my time there that I began to realize the important role design had when it came to solving complex problems. After graduation in 2012, I took a leap of faith and moved to New York City where I found my first opportunity designing household products at a unique start-up called Quirky. In late 2013 I joined Wantful, a startup that was reinventing the gift-giving experience and featuring at luxury storefronts like Nordstroms. It was around this time that I fell in love with designing digital products. What I find fascinating to this day, years later in diverse workspaces, is the idea that software is a living organism that constantly adapts to emerging user and organizational needs, as users change and business requirements shift. Because of the complex environment of today, I am always pushing myself to approach problems with a disciplined eye to the future—designing and building for what has been seen, but not yet realized.

"I love helping organizations solve complex problems by delivering simple solutions that are more efficient and user friendly. I believe good user experience is rooted in bringing process, systems, technology, and culture together while keeping users at the center of it all."

My Process

My typical process follows standard design thinking methodologies, although often requiring modification based on the project timeline, budget, and resources—I use what I have available to get the job done. I achieve this by diving headfirst into research. Observational, qualitative, or quantitative research are just a few examples of where I might start to get a clear understanding of what problem needs to be solved. This helps build empathy for the user and better defines the problem. Then the real fun begins by jumping into brainstorms and ideation sessions - I believe the crazier the ideas, the better. The end goal is to build something that you can test with real users in order to validate possible solutions. Sometimes this leads to uncovering new problems that may have not been highlighted in the first rounds of research. Once a potential solution has been validated by users, I get into the weeds with technical teams to figure out feasibility and the best plan of action for design and implementation.

My Experience

Current

Sr. Product Designer | Wong Digital

I'm currently working with Wong Digital, a San Diego based agency, who's helping Intellihealth build the next generation of science-based weight management tools.
2017 - 2019

Lead Product Experience | Centric Software

I led a small innovation team whose focus was to reinvent the way people working in fashion, retail, and supply chains engage with business systems. I developed a design system and managed user experience for multiple products that were brought to market.
2015 - 2017

Product Experience | Fidelity Investments

I was a core designer for a series of innovation incubators that focused on a range of problems to reach new business opportunities — from finding ways to add more schedule flexibility for associates in the call centers, to taking a deep dive into the concept of financial wellness and discovering what it means to customers.
2014 - 2015

UX Designer | Boston Interactive

I worked on a range of marketing websites for non-profits, educational, and healthcare businesses. My primary responsibilities were to conduct both user and client stakeholder research to build empathy for the users and understand business needs, create site maps and user scenario flows, build wireframes and prototypes, and facilitate user testing.
Apr - Jul 2014

Interaction Designer | Essential Design

I collaborated with researchers and product development teams to design interactions and visual assets for a GUI that were used as the main control unit for Instron material testing machines. I also designed a web-based portal for Oncologists to store cancer treatment reports.
Nov 2013 - Apr 2014

Associate UX Designer | Mullen Lowe

I collaborated with senior UX designers and creative technologists to generate user flows, ecosystems, site maps, and detailed wireframes for JetBlue and US Cellular campaigns.

Methods

• Design Thinking
• Google Design Sprints
• Design Systems
• Agile & Scrum
• Lean UX
• Heuristic Evaluations
• Personas
• Rapid Prototyping
• Usability Testing
• User Research

Tools

• Sketch
• Figma
• Omnigraffle
• Axure
• Adobe Illustrator
• Adobe Photoshop
• Keynote
• Google Docs
• InVision
• Zeplin
• Abstract
• Jira
• Confluence
• Slack
• Pen & Paper

Interest

• Adventure Traveling
• Food & Cooking
• Hiking
• Camping
• Surfing
• Sketching
• Hobbyist Mechanic
• Dogs

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