Critical thinking and troubleshooting skills come naturally to me. I’m a problem-solver and solution-finder. I can present and explain concepts in a concise and easily understood manner. Great at self-teaching, I’m a quick learner and pick up new ideas and technologies quickly.
Integrating design with technology and user interaction: I’m nerdy enough to enjoy it. Projects that frustrate and challenge captivate my interest. I like to explore user-centered design. Research, ideation and strategy are my favorite parts of the design process.
My technical skills give me a unique edge in the field of design. My design passions include experience and interface design as well as hands-on projects that require skill and craft. I enjoy exploring how users engage with and benefit from creative and practical design.
a bit more about me
Fundamentally, I believe design is a tool that produces solutions to real world problems. My goal is to create products that provide added value to people’s everyday lives. I enjoy and excel at the nitty-gritty work many designers avoid: research, design audits, journey mapping, wireframing, speaking developer language and more. If you’re looking for someone with well-rounded design skills, I’m your gal.
Some companies look for design generalists and some look for design specialists. And me? I’m a specialist at being a generalist. I learn quickly and have a foundational knowledge about the many various aspects of digital product design, allowing me to clearly communicate concepts, interact with developers and clarify design solutions to clients and stakeholders.
The non-professional stuff:
I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, my family always had horses (mine is named Smoky), I was homeschooled, my extracurricular activities involved robotics and… robotics. I attended Butler Community College on a vocal music scholarship for two years, then spent a gap year with Cru in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – that’s in West Africa to spare you the trouble of Google Maps – before transferring to the University of Kansas to study design.
After graduating, I worked for two years as a graphic and web designer (quick plug for Red Airplane Design). However, I quickly realized that I wasn’t cut out to be a visual designer as my skillset was more technical and user-centered, so I pivoted into user experience design and have not looked back.
I enjoy design and craft projects, reading, camping and being outdoors. If you haven’t already gathered, I have very eclectic interests and hobbies, which quickly fill up my downtime. To conclude my bio the same way as every other, “She resides in Kansas City, Missouri, with her numerous plants.”