Many years ago, I began my career as a print designer and quickly transitioned to designing for the web. Frustrated with just pushing pixels and craving the ability to define structure and strategy, I moved into user experience and haven't looked back.
Having worked in corporate, consulting and advertising environments, I've been incredibly lucky to get my hands dirty in all sorts of things. My projects span a variety of industries, including technology, security, retail, healthcare, consumer packaged goods, financial services, agriculture and government. I've worked on software, websites, mobile apps, and touchscreen experiences.
Most recently, I've been focusing on UX in the corporate world. It's incredibly rewarding to be able to see the impact of your work and influence over an extended period of time. I currently work at McAfee designing enterprise security software. Prior to that I spent 2 years at Intel designing end-to-end user experiences for displaying content wirelessly, working on a mix of hardware and software.
I was recently a guest on Design Driven's podcast to discuss my experience working in UX at McAfee and what it's like designing for expert-level users.
When I'm not working, I can usually be found exploring the incredible sights the Pacific Northwest has to offer, checking out a new winery or restaurant, seeing live music, orchid-whispering, cooking, running or hiking.
It would be easy to say I just want to make cool stuff, but there's more to it.
I believe in creating simple, purposeful experiences based in a solid understanding of, and empathy for, customer needs. As designers, I feel we have a duty to not just create experiences that meet users' needs, but make things better and more enjoyable. My background in visual design has given me a relentless attention to detail, and the desire to create things that are both beautiful and solve real problems.
What I love most is figuring out highly complex problems, and helping others to do the same. I believe in empowering my colleagues and clients to think differently and critically – to not only explore multiple solutions, but to really make sure we're actually solving the right problem.
I will thrive in a culture that values innovative problem solving and iterative and continuous improvement, and truly is about cross-functional collaboration that cuts across teams and roles. My ideal environment is an organization that is grounded in user-centered design throughout, and not just siloed in a department.