I am passionate about designing user and product experiences that solve problems.
Understand the problem first. I always like to question if the problems we are trying to solve are the right ones. Using qualitative and quantitative research, and testing to validate our assumptions. Then focusing on outcomes and opportunities is vital. Sometimes you don't have much to go off of, and that's okay. Iteration, quick tests, and any data I can get my hands on helps make progress forward.
Visual design and maintaining brand is important to experience. I started out in graphic design making logos and brands. I know the importance and impact of a consistent, versatile, and adaptable brand. The brand's look and feel permeates all visual design. I remain hyper focused towards details and consistency across a product or platform.
Yes, AND. I love facilitating video chats co-creating in a solution. That can take the form of usability tests, user interviews, card sorting, or even some kind of hybrid. Internally, I love focus and flare activities. I also promote using collaborative tools like Mural, Miro, or even Google Draw.
Knowledge should be accessible to all. Likewise digital experiences can be designed to be inclusive and accessible.
I am a strong advocate for the value of user centered design, and accessibility. Having worked as an educator, I love sharing knowledge and fostering a community of continuous self improvement. I also find fulfillment in mentoring junior designers reach their career goals and excel.
I have always had a life long love and practice of the arts. I went to University of Central Florida where I graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design. During my studies I started to realize my mostly print based skills we're unfortunately a dying industry. I started to focus more on digital and began a career as a Freelance Designer with a focus on web, logo & brand style designs.
After that I became involved with my local Code for America brigade chapter, Code for Orlando. I started out simply designing app icons and user flows. Later I rose to lead the brigade as Co-Captain for 4 years. During this time I became enamored with user experience design. I began diving into the world of user centered design. I found the tasks of iteration, experimentation, testing, and validation something I had been craving. I started UX projects with in our brigade, collaborated with the City of Orlando on improving city services through journey maps and usability testing, and began incorporating UX practices into my freelance work.
Somewhat overlapping, I began working as a Design Instructor at Skillcrush, a women-led online bootcamp. There I mentored junior designers, acted as a subject matter expert for class curriculum in the areas of Web Design & UX Design, and lead team discovery efforts on improving our product. I also spent some time away from my students to work on the product team full time doing product design for about 9 months to fill a need.
Since 2016 I've been honing my experience in getting work done fully remote. Its important to keep that sense of culture, collaboration, and connection alive. When I was working full time as a product designer I was also traveling abroad, and maintained a strong overlap with East Coast US timezone to foster that collaboration. I helped ensure our team met our goals.
My latest passion is diving deeper into the world of mobile UX. I've been tackling user problems and designing new features at RecipeBox. The product's user base is growing rapidly and the biggest challenge right now is keeping up with demand.
Looking forward to chatting with you!