My design process,
values, experience,
and interests

My Journey into UX/UI Design

Early Design Roots
I have always been a builder. I got my first taste of UX design at 7 years old, when I drew chalk cities on the driveway and waited for the rain to provide a fresh canvas so I could design more efficient layouts.

B.S. Business Management
My desire to optimize systems never faded. I pursued a business management degree and fell in love with understanding human behavior and the “why” behind product design.

Freelance Design
Wanting to sharpen my technical design skills, I began work as a freelancer in 2016. By listening to my target audience and leveraging social media analytics, I carved a successful niche delivering animal sculptures and infographics for 4000 customers in over 20 countries.

M.S. Human-Centered Design and Engineering
Having formed my own design process working with freelance clients, I began my Master's in 2022 to learn best practices in user research and design. I applied the lessons learned to my internship at Bethany Bible Church, where I helped develop a more cohesive experience across web and mobile touchpoints.

How I Add Value

What I Do Best
I am skilled at designing responsive websites. I thrive in roles where I am asked to employ big picture thinking from conception to delivery. I rely on my business background to deliver experiences that balance user needs with company objectives.

What I Could Improve
My UI skillset is slightly stronger than my UX abilities. In my next role, I hope to collaborate with senior designers who can guide me on how to best uncover, validate, and design for key user insights.

Technical Skills

Design and Development

Figma
Adobe XD
Adobe Creative Cloud
Webflow
Framer
HTML/CSS

Research

Interviews
Customer Journey Maps
Affinity Diagrams
User Personas
Storyboards
Usability Testing

What I'm Learning

Staying Curious
I am actively learning JavaScript while I work on a personal project (website that ranks professional bowlers and provides advanced statistics). I am also regularly inspired by reading:

Recent Reads

September 2023
• Design for How People Think by John Whalen

August 2023
• The Why Axis by Uri Gneezy and John List
• Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by B.J. Fogg
• Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath
• Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

July 2023

• Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment by Cass R. Sunstein, Daniel Kahneman, and Olivier Sibony
• Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky

June 2023
• Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard Thaler
• The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic by Dan Ariely

May 2023
• Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
Full Spectrum: How the Science of Color Made Us Modern by Adam Rogers

April 2023
• The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You by Julie Zhuo
• Radical Candor by Kim Scott

March 2023
• Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
• Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell

February 2023
• The Design Thinking Toolbox by Michael Lewrick, Patrick Link, and Larry Leifer

January 2023
• Set Phasers on Stun by Steven Michael Casey
• Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson

My Design Process

Human-Centered Approach
My process is iterative and non-linear. My work is guided by unanswered questions about users. I rely strongly on feedback to avoid settling on early ideas. I find it equally valuable to understand why a given design doesn't work versus when it does.

My Next Role
I am hoping to work alongside senior professionals who can provide constructive feedback to help me quickly learn from mistakes and grow as a designer and communicator. Get in touch if you feel I would complement your team.