About Me

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hello!

I'm a self-taught UX/UI designer living in Cincinnati. I have a cat, Bootsy, and I enjoy starting online learning courses. I also enjoy watercolors, digital illustration, studying French, reading, psychology, playing The Sims 4, watching TV, and talking.

Some Things I Know

  • Figma
  • Adobe XD
  • Framer
  • Whimsical
  • Zeplin
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Analytics
  • Google Analytics
  • HTML5 & CSS3
  • Wordpress
  • JIRA

Some Places I've Studied

  • Human-Computer Interaction
    Professional Certificate, Georgia Tech X (edX)
  • Design 101, UX: Research + Strategy, Interaction Design
    Certificates, Designlab
  • Psychology
    Bachelor of Arts, Oakland University

A Brief Internet History

I've been pushing pixels since 2005. Here are just a few of the different sites I've designed over the years.

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My Process

In summary: a little of this, a little of that. I'm not strict on which phases I conduct. I don't force projects to fit this process, I adapt the process fit the project.

  1. Empathize with Users
    By observation, executing a research plan, surveying users, making competitive comparisons, writing user personas, and creating empathy maps
  2. Define the Problem
    With problem statements, requirements definition, storyboarding, referencing accessibility and web standards, and exploring industry trends and best practices
  3. Ideate for Solutions
    Through information architecture, planning user flows, drawing rough sketches, mocking up wireframes, and conducting user testing
  4. Design the Prototypes
    By crafting pattern libraries, building style guides, prototyping, designing interactions, and user testing
  5. Measure the Results
    With analytics, QA tools, user feedback, and enhancement suggestions
  6. Iterate with Improvements
    At any stage; before and after release