I lose myself in design. It's kind of a problem.

Portrait

I know that everyone and their mother says they’re passionate. But I would still have to say I’m obsessed. Addicted. Intoxicated. Sue me.

I’ve been drinking the design Kool-Aid ever since I was a kid in Florida—doodling with my architect parents; creating vectors of robots and dinosaurs in a magnet arts high school. At the University of Cincinnati, I had my eyes opened by Swiss design, and contributed to major brands during multiple internships. Since graduating, I’ve had the privilege of designing for a living and reinvesting in a constant flow of design-related books and additions to my designer toy collection. It’s a vicious cycle. My expanding obsession led me to a love of web design, plus countless crushes on great user experiences. I’m still thirsty for knowledge and new opportunities. Cheers.


What I Do

  • Web
    Website &
    App Design
  • UX
    User
    Experience
  • Branding
    Branding
    & Identity
  • Direction
    Art
    Direction
  • Packaging
    Packaging
    Design
  • Print
    Print
    Design

How I Do It


Experience

LULLABOT

September 2014–Now • Providence, RI (distributed)

Senior UX Designer

Contribute to major projects for the distributed Lullabot design team. Participate in gathering research, sketching and refining website architecture, and establishing UI and custom page designs.

FIGMINTS DELICIOUS DESIGN

October 2012–September 2014 • Pawtucket, RI

ART DIRECTOR

Work on a variety of projects, from branding and print design to UX/UI and website design. Complete designs from research and ideation, architecture and wire-framing, and ultimately to digital design executions and code. Art direct projects of other designers, and collaborate with the development team.

  • 2nd place at Startup Weekend Providence 2012

MOJOTECH

November 2011–June 2012 • Providence, RI

VISUAL DESIGNER

Worked alongside the development team to create interactive designs, particularly web apps for start-ups. Created information architecture, wire-frames, page layouts, branding, user experiences and interfaces, as well as content for website and application designs.

  • Best in Class by Interactive Media Awards 2012

INTERBRAND

April 2009–December 2010 • Cincinnati, OH

DESIGN INTERN

Collaborated with the Interbrand design team on packaging and branding projects. Specifically sketched and created digital executions on the Wrigley team for such brands as Orbit, Lifesavers, and Skittles, but also helped the home and beauty teams. Participated in several student projects and presentations.

LANDOR

April–June 2010 • Chicago, IL

DESIGN INTERN

Played a key role in a variety of design projects for Kraft. Primarily created packaging designs, but also worked on brand and strategy creation, for brands such as Macaroni & Cheese, Digiorno, and Athenos.


Education

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

2006–2011 • Cincinnati, OH

MAJOR: GRAPHIC DESIGN

MINOR: PSYCHOLOGY

College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning (DAAP)

  • Participated in the Professional Practice Program, alternating quarters of classroom study with work in the field of graphic design
  • GPA: 3.8/4.0 (Dean’s List and Honor Roll all quarters)
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • Lower-division Honors

A. W. DREYFOOS,
SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

2002–2006 • West Palm Beach, FL

MAJOR: COMMUNICATION ARTS

Graphic Design and Photography tracks

  • GPA: 3.8/4.0, HPA: 4.3/6.0
  • AP Scholar with Distinction 2006
  • Excellence in AP Web Design, Photography, and Photography I (one student per year) 2005–2006

INDEPENDENT STUDY

2011–Now • Internet & Kindle

Continuing education with personal reading and participation in online classes. Below is a sample of those resources.

  • Selections from A Book Apart Library
  • Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society
  • Responsive Design Workflow
  • The User Experience Team of One: A Research and Design Survival Guide
  • The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded
  • Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
  • Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems
  • A Designer's Research Manual: Succeed in Design by Knowing Your Clients and What They Really Need
  • User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product
  • A Practical Guide to Managing Web Projects
  • HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites
  • Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team
  • Graphic Design Referenced
  • Above the Fold: Understanding the Principles of Successful Web Site Design
  • Elements of Style