About

About

I'm focused on creating intuitive and elegant experiences, while ensuring feasibility. My passions lie in thinking through complex problems and flows and determining how to pare things down to deliver human-centered, simple experiences. Currently, I live in Portland, OR and work as a Senior Product Designer for Simple Finance.

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Experience

Senior Product Designer

Simple Finance

Portland, OR • Jul 2015 - present

I work on the product design team, and am focused on creating functional and easy to use experiences across Simple's apps.

Product Designer

CustomMade Ventures

Cambridge, MA • May 2013 - Jun 2015

CustomMade is an online marketplace for custom goods, and is funded by Google Ventures, First Round, and Atlas Venture. As a Product Designer, I collaborated heavily with the design team, developers, product managers, and analytics team to define design strategy and create intuitive, user-friendly experiences. While with CustomMade, it was a priority to put working cross-functionally between teams at the forefront of our creation process.

Main responsibilities: User flows, Wireframes, Interface design, Pixel-perfect mock-ups, Responsive web design, Prototypes, Strategy around new experiences, Running and analyzing user tests of prototypes and the live site, User research, Creating and maintaining visual consistency across products, Defining the CustomMade brand and UI toolkit

Graphic Designer

Mattel

Los Angeles, CA • Apr 2012 - May 2013

I worked on the Boys Brand Design Team within the Marketing Communications Group of Mattel, their in house branding/design/advertising agency. As a Graphic/Brand Designer, I worked on developing and defining Mattel's boys brands: Boom Co, Hot Wheels, Max Steel, and Matchbox. This included taking a large role in creating and maintaining brand books/guides, which act as company wide guidelines for all aspects of Mattel's brands to adhere to. We also made one of our main initiatives to move Mattel's brands forward to achieve more streamlined, cohesive, and solid identities.

Main responsibilities: Brand design, Print design, Environmental display graphics, In-store display graphics, Advertising and marketing/merchandising materials, Development of new brands, Logo design, Brand campaigns (Ideation and execution), Key art

Graphic/Web Designer

La Visual

Los Angeles, CA • Jan 2012 - Apr 2012

La Visual is a Boutique branding/web agency. I worked on the design team, and collaborated with designers, project managers, design directors, and clients to formulate progressive and effective solutions that were best suited to fit their wants and needs.

Clients included: Yahoo!, Yello, Kids Eco Club, WPS Challenger, Author Bucket, Gotrendit, ProNoise, Sea Shepherd, Pro Noise, Ceridian

Main responsibilities: Interface design, Design strategy, Brand design, Logo design, Presentation layouts, Research of current web trends and best practices, Brand guidelines, Editorial layout, Intensive brainstorming with clients and team members

Education

BFA in Graphic Design

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, IL • 2010 - 2012

I transferred to Columbia College as they had more intensive programs in the areas of digital and interactive design. While in attendance I took courses in web design, mobile design, print design, graphic design, type design, publication design, advertising, and art direction.

Visual Communication Design

Art Academy of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH • 2008 - 2010

While in attendance, I took foundational courses in the areas of color theory, drawing, painting, and photography, and also took courses in web design, print design, graphic design, and publication design.

Expertise

Skills

Design systems / Prototyping / Mobile app design / User flows / UX design / UI design / Visual design / RWD / User testing / User research / Strategy / iOS / Android / Web / Creative direction / Graphic design / Brand design / Typography / Print design / Sketching / Brainstorming

Programs and languages

Sketch / Adobe CS / Invision / Origami / Github / Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, JS