I'm a designer living and working in sunny Portland, Oregon. I'm endlessly fascinated by people and I love making things. I work with ambitious organizations and teams to create meaningful, scalable products and services. I'm happiest when fully immersed in strategy and execution. I like working with creative and technical teams, to solve complex problems. I have over a decade of experience doing this using systematic thinking and people-driven design methodologies. 

Me, facilitating a design activity in front of a whiteboard. 

At the Oregon coast with my dog Leo. 

A friend and I eating Dumpling Ramen in Sakata, Yamagata, Japan.

My Background —  

Born and raised in Pacific Northwest. I got started in design when I was in high school, learning Photoshop and Illustrator just for fun. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors's degree in Digital Arts and a Minor in Journalism, I jumped headfirst into work. Since then, I’ve worked with many noteworthy brands focusing on digital UX and product design. Whether it’s apparel, food and beverage brands, health care, or insurance, I try to approach work with empathy and optimism. 

Skills & Experience I Bring To Work —

  • Hands-on Interaction & Visual Design
  • UCD Methods and Design Strategy
  • Agile Design (Planning & Facilitation)
  • Provide Design Direction & Execution 
  • Design For R&D, Web & Mobile App
  • Testable Hi-fi & Lo-fi Prototypes
  • Create Documentation
  • Facilitate Workshops
  • Journey Mapping
  • Building User Scenarios
  • Conduct User/stakeholder Interviews
  • Manage People & Teams
  • Move An Idea From Start To Finish 
  • Working on a distributed team
  • Travel/Working on-site
  • Working Remotely
  • Interest In Internal Committees & Initiatives

Work History —

Design Director  |  EY Design Studio (Current)
Aug 2021 – Present

Associate Design Director of UX  |  EY Design Studio
Sep 2019 – Aug 2021

Senior Experience Designer  |  EY Design Studio
Jan 2018 – Sep 2019

Senior Interaction Designer  |  Citizen, Inc.
Dec 2016 – Dec 2017

UX Designer  |  Citizen, Inc.
Dec 2015 – Dec 2016

Visual Designer   |   eROI
Mar 2015 – Dec 2015

UX/UI Designer  |  Gravitate Design Studio
Jun 2012 – Mar 2015

Lead Designer & Print Manager  |  Elliott Design, Inc.
Jan 2012 – Jun 2012

Graphic Designer  |  Elliott Design, Inc.
Jan 2011 – Jan 2012

Dream Projects —

Shooting my shot, in no particular order — If you’re reading this and have a project, opportunity, idea, and/or a connection to any of the following topics, I’d love to chat. Coffee is on me.

01 - Spacefaring Civilization

Human beings are driven to explore the unknown and compelled to discover new worlds. While there is urgent work to be done on earth, I haven’t given up on my childhood dreams to go to space. 

02 - Disney & Pixar

I believe in the power of authentic storytelling. Action, adventure, heroes, villains, love, loss - Disney and Pixar tell stories about the core truths of life that are jam-packed with humanity and shape our lives and leave a lasting impact.

03 - Voting Rights

In the last 12 years, states across the US have passed 1000's of measures to make it harder for people — particularly black people, the elderly, and people with disabilities — to vote. I want to help build a truly egalitarian, multi-racial democracy. 

04 - Hip Hop

Before I fell in love with design, I fell in love with Hip Hop music. The variety and depth of the subject matter, the wordplay, lyrical agility, multi-syllable rhyme styles, and the unapologetic emotion communicated is unlike anything else in this world. Rappers bring words to life. I want to contribute meaningfully and I want to see the culture prosper.

05 - Vinyl Figures & Collectibles

You could call these "Designer Toys." They're a cross between sculpture, conceptual art, and action figures. I grew up on cartoons, giant robots, monsters, and Sci-fi movies. I am still enamored with these pieces and I add new exciting pieces to my collection regularly. 

06 - Digital Loneliness

"We're alone together." We live in an era of unrivaled connectivity and convenience. Paradoxically, we're also equally disconnected and isolated from each other and our environment. We are hardwired for connection. I want to explore the intersection between mental health, technology, and design.

To see testimonials, detailed prior work experience, and volunteer history  — check out my LinkedIn.