ou know a little about me as a designer - I'm all about making my client happy and having a good time while doing so... but I also know what I'm doing. Every struggle I go through, every new software or type of project I learn - it comes with me and improves my future work. I never let a challenge go by without reaping the benefits of what I learn and applying them to the next project that comes my way.
In some form or another I've been creating digital products since I was a teenager - but a lot of tech has changed and improved since then. I keep up with the latest and greatest technology that I think will best help my clients. I try to always be sharpening my skills and expanding my toolbox.
Having spent many years working with architects and engineers, I have an understanding of construction industry standards and expectations and have created many winning proposals to government and private clients.
I have previous professional experience with Wireframing, Usability Testing, Lean/Agile processes and asset creation for my engineering team to implement. A lifelong interest in psychology, sociology and cultural anthropology collided with my art background in the form of UX design.
In order to further my knowledge, I took a Career Foundry UX Design course and gained the opportunity to learn how to conduct User Research, create User Personas, User Flows, Site Maps, perform Card Sorting exercises, learn Interaction Design, and much more. I love that I get to wake up every day to create visually appealing, user friendly products that people enjoy using.
My technical art background has given me years of enjoyable experience with Adobe products and the ability to pick up new programs like Balsamiq and InVision. In my previous 3D Modeling career, I swam through highly complex, powerful tools like Maya and Zbrush and have always gotten very passionate about well designed software.
have been lucky enough to land in San Francisco and have met a fantastic array of amazing and talented people from all over the world. At one point I was working with at least one person from every inhabited continent on the planet! How awesome is that?
Unfortunately, it's not always like that - every time I've joined a tech startup, I'm the first and only woman. I have encountered some startling and often brutal examples of sexism and racism that simply would not fly in a different work environment. Morally, I'm unable to let this behavior go by unchallenged. I'm a fairly laid back person who enjoys some good humor, but cannot allow racial slurs or disparaging comments on women or other under-represented groups. I have been happiest in highly diverse work spaces, and the data shows that diversity increases the quality of the products produced. When I join a team, I will unabashedly push for more diversity. Once a certain tone and/or culture is set, it often self maintains, and at a certain point, you no longer have to try hard to keep a diverse employee base.
orking digitally and playing in analog helps keep me fresh. I sculpt on a small scale in polymer clay, create on a larger scale with wire, tape and foam. I go all out on costumes and am always down to dance. Occasionally I physically produce an invention of mine. I am passionate about social justice and the state of the world. I have a beautiful enormous cat named Melon that I am very proud and fond of.