DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

I am passionate about designing technology that empowers users with clarity, simplicity, and usability.

I believe the ideal tool contextually reveals itself to the user, fosters a process of discovery rather than a destination, touches the heart as well as the mind, and empowers a user as an individual.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Board of Advisors: UXDC Meetup

InVision Course on Lynda

DESIGN SKILLS

User Research & Personas

Competitor & Market Analysis

User Journey Mapping

Information Architecture

Sketching | Wireframing

Pixel Perfect UI | Microcopy

Lo-, Mid- and Hi-Fi Prototyping

Style-guides | Product Design

Team Collaboration

Lean & Agile

DESIGN TOOLS

Sketch | Axure

Balsamiq | Invision

WordPress | Pixelmator

VBA for Excel

Basic HTML / CSS

EDUCATION HISTORY

User Experience Design Immersive

@ General Assembly, Jun 2018

Solidworks CAD

@ Keene State College, Dec 2017

B.S. Material Science & Engineering

@ Virginia Tech, May 2008

RELATED EXPERIENCE

UX Design Immersive @ General Assembly

Washington, DC. Mar 2018 – Jun 2018

  • Overview: Dedicated 500+ hours to UX Design principles and skills. Used Agile style sprints to create surveys, competitor analysis, personas, journey maps, and user flows to inform and design sketches, storyboards, process flows, sitemaps, and lo-, mid-, and hi-fi prototypes.

  • What’s Up Doc?: Performed user research, interviews and testing to sketch and then design a healthcare app in Balsamiq.

  • Hirshhorn: Used research to build storyboards and user flows for an app & AR experience in Sketch. Group project.

  • NPS VR: Combined my interests in VR and meditation to research and design a simple and intuitive app in Sketch that focused on the User Interface and Interaction Design.

Founder / Solution Designer @ a la Mode

Charlottesville, VA. Aug 2013 – Mar 2018

  • Equivalent to 1 year UX Research + 1 year UX Design experience

  • Collaborated with over a dozen executives to gather information on their user experience. Implemented cloud-based productivity tools, installed small business servers and networks, built product prototypes, and researched customer interactions.

  • Designer, project manager, and photographer for a client’s eCommerce website.

  • Shop Manager for the Board of Directors of a non-profit bike shop: redesigned the shop layout, redesigned the website, and improved the community outreach via social media.

Physics Teacher @ BASIS Educational Group

Flagstaff, AZ. May 2011 – Jun 2012

  • Designed story-based lessons and experiences to teach Newtonian physics to 220 6th and 7th graders.

  • Built a WordPress site to facilitate classroom communication with parents and students.

Biomedical Quality Engineer @ W.L. Gore

Flagstaff, AZ. May 2009 – Apr 2011

  • Designed digital dashboards, control charts, and automated reports for engineering purposes.

  • Used Continuous Improvement tools (similar to Agile) such as Lean, Value Stream Mapping, Experimental Design, & Six Sigma to reduce defects in arterial stents.