I came to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010 after graduating from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in computer science. A passion for intuitive products and a fascination with category design led me to the Academy of Art University to pursue a MFA in industrial design. I graduated in the spring of 2014.
My industrial design thesis project is designed around a cross-platform experience that reimagines physical play for children by tapping into the digital trends that are setting the stage for future generations. The project was featured in the Academy's annual Spring Show.
Currently, a product designer at Instagram, where I’m working on connecting people to the things they love. Previously, a product designer at Ampersand (acquired by Facebook) - a social reading startup in Los Gatos, CA backed by Andreessen Horowitz. I concurrently served as a design advisor for NEA funded TrustPath, which was acquired by Zscaler in August of 2018.
Prior to Ampersand, I was the lead user experience designer at cloud analytics company Numerify in Cupertino, CA. My responsibilities range from visual and interaction design to developing the corporate brand identity. During my time at Numerify, I've gained a deep understanding for not only what it takes to design a great product, but what it takes to design a growing company. (This endeavor even landed us a spot in TechCruch). My role has evolved into creative direction and design of all external touch-points. Ranging from collateral for investors, growth initiatives for prospective customers, to an always-growing product experience for our existing user base. Creating a cohesive and rich journey is what ultimately delights our customers, and that's precisely how I measure my success.
Previously a product designer at Wagic in Los Gatos, CA where my roles ranged from industrial designer to visual interface designer. I was fortunate enough to immerse myself in the entire design process from conceptualization to implementation for a wide array of clients such as Walmart Sustainability, Home Depot, Novariant, and Jolata. Additionally, I have served as a user experience design consultant for the Honda Research Institute. During this time, I engaged in reimagining media in the car by understanding the demands of future drivers.
In addition, I love to spend my time talking about all things design, tech, and business. Occasionally, I serve as a panelist at talks and meetups like this one where I discussed designing for data with my peers from Workday and Quid.