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My website has been static html with a WordPress powered blog for the longest time. I loved this approach. It allowed me to create quick loading pages that could be super customized as projects needed. To create a cohesive design I had to create a custom WordPress theme to match my html based website. I also had to develop a custom WordPress plugin that allowed images in my posts to math the gallery style in my website. But, this site never matched my full tastes and intentions. Further it was not mobile-friendly. Boo.

So today I launch a new website. It’s a new year, and a fresh start for me. Rather than spending a lot of time rebuilding everything from the ground up, I instead opted to start with a complete WordPress site and build everything around a theme. As a designer I don’t need to show off my website coding abilities, so I wasn’t worried about using a WordPress theme. But the site did need to adhere to my own design principles, be forward looking if possible, and certainly fit the myriad of screens people now use everyday. So, here it is!

With the new year also comes a new job search for me. I’m looking for a small to medium sized design firm or an awesome product team within a company. I’m approaching 10 years of design experience with a graduate degree, so I’m looking for a mid to senior type of role. I’m a self starter, team player, and well rounded interaction designer. If you think I’d be a good fit within your organization, please contact me so we can chat. I greatly look forward to new challenges in 2015 and I’m ready to hit the ground running within a new team.

Thanks for stopping by!

Looking for Two Students to Mentor

I’m looking to mentor two graduate level students in the Experience Design field (UX, UXD, UCD, IxD, ED, HCI, etc). As a recent graduate myself I know that having a good mentor while going through a graduate program can mean quite a lot.

I’m offering the following:

  • 6-9 months of mentorship
  • Review and critique of design work
  • Help understanding field
  • Help understanding graduate school
  • Advice of any kind
  • Review, critique, and help with portfolio and resume

I’m looking to mentor any student currently enrolled in a graduate program in the fields listed above who posses the following qualities.

  • 1st or 2nd year student
  • English speaking
  • Ability to listen to blunt, upfront critique
  • Desire to work in the field (not looking to get into a phd program)
  • Enjoys design beyond research (I love research as well, but I want you to love design also)
  • Sense of humor
  • Wants to be active in the design field
  • a ‘go getter’

I’m based in San Francisco, but you can be based anywhere. I will mostly be able to mentor through email, IM, phone calls, and video calls. If you are interested, please send me an email directly explaining why you want to be mentored (can be brief).

Design with Bravery

At Interaction 11, Bruce Sterling gave an amazing closing keynote. Out of the hundreds of nugests of wisdom, one thing in particular stuck out to me. Bravery. I’m not sure entirely how Bruce spoke of it, but he reminded us to be more brave when we design. Something about this phrasing stuck with me as very inspirational. In fact, this phrasing helped change and re-shape my capstone project for the better. So, thanks Bruce!

However, the inspiration did not stop there. A couple of days after the conference, a new re-phrasing came to mind, “Design with Bravery”. To me, this spoke to the heart of Bruce’s phrasing while reminding me to continue to push myself and my designs into new directions. With this in mind, I created a poster to hang on my wall, where it now sits reminding me to be design with bravery.

Design with Bravery

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Announcing HCID Connect 2011

hcid connect

Get Inspired Together. March 9-10, 2011.

Experience students’ design process through a live design competition. Meet the makers, speed dating style. Explore designers’ work and studio.

Each year we invite kick-ass companies to our annual HCID Connect event. This is a two day event where employers get to work directly with over 30 exceptional designers who are looking for internships and full time positions. This is an excellent chance for employers to find amazing designers.

Visit for details and registration information.