So who am I?
Originally from Seattle, I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Western Washington University. With a strong drive to create more user-driven and user-focused experiences in technology, I put my coding skills to good use by starting out as a web designer/developer. Over time wanting to have more impact on design decisions both visual and functional, I began learning about User Experience Design & Research through my Master’s degree in Information Management from the University of Washington, which has eventually led me to be where I am today as a UX Designer.
For me, design is being thoughtful about improving our ability to experience and navigate the world around us. Whether it be crafting prototypes, contributing to a design system, or editing microcopy, I want to reduce the technical complexity of our increasingly digital world to ensure that as many users and communities can understand and benefit from new technological innovations.
Go above and beyond, and not settling for mediocre
I don’t go directly for the “flashy” or first-idea solution. Instead, I research, test, and fine-tune my ideas. Not all designs are created equally, and understanding what underlying design solutions are needed is a big step in the right direction.
Two heads are always better than one
As an engineer, designer, and even from past experiences as an artist and pianist, I know that everyone brings a unique skill set to the team. Collaboration allows for thinking outside the box, and it always creates a better end-product in result.
Be present, engaged, and ready to learn
Feedback is essential for growth. I am always looking for ways to improve and learn from those around me, and I would not be where I am today without it.
A Fun Fact
During my undergraduate I studied Piano Performance through my Music minor, where I put the same amount of dedication into my craft as my primary studies. Here is my senior recital if anyone wants to watch it (it’s about a half-hour worth of music – all of it I had to memorize!)