I often find myself in situations where I am asked to push my own limits and the limits of those around me. While I often find success on my own terms as an individual contributor, I find it immensely rewarding to be a part of a team working towards a larger goal. I like challenges — both mental and physical — yet find balance with intuition and experience.
I am constantly looking to expand myself on a personal and professional level through learning and new experiences.
As a designer
I identify as a Product Designer because I enjoy thinking about products from a holistic viewpoint. I analyze the market I am designing for, looking at what competitors are doing; I think about long-term product vision and strategy and help prioritize the work that needs to be done; I see designs through the development process and I help make sure they are built-to-spec.
I push pixels, but I am so much more than just a pixel-pusher.
What I love most about being a designer is collaborating with different groups of people. I enjoy the variety of insights people in different roles often provide. I appreciate hearing perspectives from product managers, developers, stakeholders, and especially users and researchers. I believe that user experience design is a team effort where designers help facilitate and execute on solutions that are good for users and good for business.
I have high expectations of myself, especially when it comes to my work. I take my work seriously and will always perform at my best. I also have high expectations of the people I work with and prefer working in environments with other like-minded individuals that are as driven as I am.
I spent my childhood on a farm in Pennsylvania where we had horses, cows, donkeys, ducks (briefly), lots of stray cats, and a very happy golden retriever, named Biscuit. I enjoy the tranquility of nature and the connection to animals still to this day.
Growing up I was always involved in the arts. I majored in fine art and advertising during my undergrad. Most of my experience is with painting, but I also enjoy ceramics and metal smithing.
As a young adult I moved to France to carry out a lifelong dream of living in another country. It was there that I discovered user experience design and learned what it means to be an expat. Read the full story.