Bio

The design sensibility I bring to my work was refined during a Master in Fine Arts program at SUNY New Paltz and while running art galleries in and around New York City. It was only when I looked to build my own jewelry site in 2010 that I fell in love with web design.

Today, I am the Senior UX Designer and UI Developer at Mount Holyoke College, where I am responsible for improvements to over 130 digital experiences in both open source and proprietary software like Drupal, Wordpress, and SharePoint. I’ve had the opportunity to work on many complex digital enterprise services with cross-functional teams as well as mentor and co-manage five computer science majors. In this position, I apply my love for information architecture, user experience design, content strategy, coding implementation, and interpersonal communication.

To get here, I completed graduate studies in Web Development at Marlboro College Graduate School and trained extensively with a SAAS expert for two years before taking over his white glove hosting company and customer base. Running that business gave me hands-on training with a wide variety of clients, audiences, and online needs. Along with the small team I managed, we designed and built bespoke digital experiences for small to mid-sized organizations and provided technical support. This evolved into my own design company, Artisan Web and Print.

During that time, I also joined the Joomla! community, where I was quickly promoted into leadership roles, allowing me to influence the design and evolution of this second most widely used content management system in the world. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at the Joomla! World Conferences in 2014 and 2016.

To keep the mind and body in balance, I play bass. As a foodie, l prefer to bake with flours that have flavor. I love rockabilly music and a palate-thrilling craft cocktail.

Education

  • Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts
    Data Visualization (Graduate-level)
    2018
  • Marlboro Graduate School, Vermont
    Web development, User experience design, Project management, HCI
    2010-2011
  • MFA Studio Art, SUNY New Paltz, New York
    History of art 1890-present, Design, Studio
    2004-2006
  • BA, The Evergreen State College, Washington
    Humanities, East / West Psychology, Anthropology, Art
    1995-1999

Expertise

Skills

  • User experience research and design
  • Design thinking and pattern building
  • Information architecture
  • User interface development
  • Data visualization
  • Storytelling
  • Interpersonal cross-discipline communication
  • Organization / attention to detail

Design Tools

  • Balsamiq / Sketch / Invision
  • Omnigraffle
  • Adobe Illustrator / Photoshop
  • Pattern library / atomic design
  • Framer

Build and Code

  • HTML5
  • CSS3 / SAAS
  • Javascript / React

UX Research

  • Heuristic and competitive evaluation
  • Spec the project ecosystem
  • Personas / user discovery
  • User workflow / journey mapping
  • Survey design
  • Metrics analysis (Google 360 / Siteimprove)
  • Card sorting / treemap testing
  • User testing (question and task based)

Recent Experience

  • Senior UX Designer and UI Developer

    Mount Holyoke College | April 2017 - Present

    In a nutshell, I provide UI (user interface) design, UX (user experience) research for enterprise software applications that are used internally by faculty, staff, students and alumnae.

    On any given day you'll find me leading a cross-functional team, pitching product enhancements, designing prototypes with Adobe CS / Invision, testing users with tools like Google forms, Loop11 and UserTesting, versioning with GitHub, and implementing with HTML, CSS / SAAS, & Javascript. I think of web application design in terms of modular patterns and frequent the methodologies established by Ethan Marcotte and Brad Frost.

    • Evaluated over 133 enterprise-level software products to determine which ones did not meet the needs of our customer and crafted a strategic plan to re-design three within the first year.
    • Enhanced / overhauled the UI and IA for three major mission-critical digital products in under 1.5 years.
    • Received the Trailblazer Award in recognition of my ability to creatively collaborate and meet a challenge head-on as I advance the College’s mission.
    • Passionate about advocating for user needs across dozens of enterprise-level digital service products.
    • Effectively strategize with leadership and cross-functional teams to architect the experience of our mobile friendly digital products while solving challenging design problems.
    • Delivered a consistent high-quality user experience and standards compliance through the application of user interviews, testing, personas, user journeys, prototyping, content strategy, intuitive navigation, and compelling visual design.
    • Managed five junior developers
  • Creative Director | Product Designer

    Artisan Web and Print | 2010 - 2017

    For this boutique agency, I provided creative brand and digital product consulting for companies across numerous industries.

    • Confident in gathering requirements and user needs to craft innovative, lasting solutions.
    • Responsible for lean UX design and research process, visual design, information architecture, intuitive navigation, and user-interface development.
    • Managed a small product team from idea to deploy while consistently staying within budget.
    • Led the digital and print project life-cycle including intake, execution, and sprints to build products.
    • Cultivated long-term, positive client relationships.
    • Launched an all-inclusive, subscription-based maintenance and monitoring solution for client products to encourage retention and sustain long-term, regular income.
  • Marketing Director

    Scott Jacobson Gallery | NYC | 2008-2010

    Within this role, I crafted high profile marketing campaigns and visual designs to further the acquisition and placement of museum quality studio art.

    • Led all aspects of marketing including photoshoots, exhibition catalog print design, international advertising campaigns, and website design.
    • Worked closely with our sales team and management to design exclusive parties.
    • Facilitated museum acquisitions and assisted with the curation of exhibitions.

Connect with me

I'm currently open to speaking engagements, collaborative exchange, and select, highly creative freelance projects. Please reach out and say hi.