Southern California girl born and raised. Designer, UX course creator, and chai tea drinker.
Loves: Salty ocean breezes, warm sun, and mid century everything.
I wasn't always a design expert, and didn't always work at top-tier companies, or teach UX design courses...
After graduating college with a degree in Psychology, I was lost.
I didn’t want to pursue Psychology any further.
I wanted to try something different, and I thought maybe I could be a Librarian.
Turns out, I didn’t make a good librarian. In fact, it was a terrible career match for me. But, I discovered that I loved organizing information, and this was the spark I needed. I continued on to learn more about Interaction design, and set out to be a UX designer creating a portfolio and attending conferences to meet people in the field.
You can hear more of my story in the video below.
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I’m super passionate about design, teaching design, crafting design, and design leadership.
I dream about design in my sleep, and I’m obsessive about making sure design is scalable, functional, elegant and beautiful. I’m on a personal mission to ensure designers and organizations understand what design leadership looks like in practice- at any level.
Design is much harder than it looks.
When you first enter the UX design field, you might think it’s fun. And it is! But, after awhile you start to realize it’s much more complex than you thought, and there’s much more under the surface than you first understood.
Don’t worry, this is totally normal. Design looks easy, but with more experience, you realize there’s much more to learn. I’m here to help. I’ve gone through the hard parts of learning design and I will be your guide and your secret weapon.
My career, strengths and what I bring to your learning experience.
I’m known for being a well-rounded designer, a strong communicator, and for influencing product strategy through design and collaboration.
My expertise is crafting pragmatic strategy with delightful experience, and creating multi-year roadmaps.
I’ve worked on a range of projects from native mobile apps, social media, HR tech, fintech, advertising platforms, gaming, and e-commerce. Across both enterprise and consumer.
Recent speaking engagements
Talk UX 2022
In more senior roles, you’ll be called upon to weigh on strategy discussions, and in some cases, drive business and product decisions through design.
While design managers do some of this work, it’s not uncommon for IC leads to contribute to defining product strategy.
This talk outlines key components in defining product strategy as a designer.
More about me...
My favorite things
Retro signs, vintage typography in the wild, architecture and roadside Americana are just some of my interests.