and I've always been an alien. Change was the only constant of my life growing up across the country in a minority, military family- and I love it. It's made building empathy with others a comfortable experience for me which in turn empowers my creative process.
I'm an experience designer by trade, but I spend alot of my spare time improving diversity and inclusion in corporate culture. I also have a budding, voracious interest in voice first interactions!
I do alot of work in the GPS (government and public service) space with the very best in digital consulting, and have designed solutions within state health care to transportation and defense.
I've taken up an extracurricular role as a culture coordinator to better champion diversity and inclusion.
I started, and now curate and maintain, our studio's design library. I also coined book consulting in our studio.
Things I use:
Sketch, Axure RP, Balsamiq, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Bootstrap, Jira
What I do:
Affinity Diagramming and WAAD Facilitation, Contextual Inquiry, Heuristic Evaluation, Ethnography, Interviewing, Personas (Cooper's Goal-Directed Method), Rapid Prototyping, Usability Testing
Who I look up to: Steve Portigal, Indi Young, Alan Cooper, Koi Vinh, Margaret Lee... the list goes way too long.
See how I learned that design is never really perfect through a personal project that was scripted for failure from the start.
I am always reading a design book. Check out my personal collection here.
I am passionate about education. I've had the fortune of guest lecturing on HCI at CMU's IS school.
I also go out of my way to help new UX'ers without academic design backgrounds find the ropes.
I'm a kendoka and have studied the sword for over a decade. I taught at Virginia Tech for all four of my undergraduate years as the club's president and captain. Under my leadership, the club hosted classes for hundreds of students and nurtured a competitive team that would fight at national tournaments.