Who I am depends on who you are.
I am a web-designer
I’m like an architect for the web. I design spaces that shape user experiences as they navigate through the internet.
I'm a user experience developer who combines formal design training with technical certifications to build beautiful and responsive web experiences. My passion is improving software and web experiences based on a deep and empathetic understanding of humans and how they interact with machines, products and their environments.
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After graduating high school I took a job committed to full-time community service. I tutored children, I built playgrounds and as a team we created after school programs for at risk middle school children. I spent time with kids and families that were products of limited opportunities. These experiences instilled within me a deep sense of empathy.
Through a special course offering I deviated from industrial design and took CODE Studio, a multi-disciplinary professional practices seminar focused on branding research, strategy and implementation. This was the first time I realized that branding and design research were actual professions, and that they were useful for cohesive stories and legitimizing companies, organizations and people.
I learned analytical problem solving and user centered design. Our curriculum focused on design thinking, product design processes, and designing with context in mind. This was the realization of how powerful design research methods could be.
With this knowledge I was able to approach future work with a globally informed design and heightened cultural awareness. Language is obviously a huge opportunity and barrier in this world. Translating has not only given me insight into the difficulties of cross-cultural communication but it has made me realize that the more simple, inherent and visual a design can be, the easier it will translate across many cultures and target audiences. Experience translating has also proved helpful when articulating design decisions to stakeholders outside of a design background such as executives, developers and marketing agents.
Originally began as an internship and then developed into a regular position where I managed the web presence of roundaboutartcollective.com. I saw first-hand the struggles of small companies and individuals who needed to manage their online space and saw an immediate need in the information technology sector. Here I began to realize my potential to combine my design background with technical web development skills.
Wake Tech is where I developed more technical skills translatable to web design. I studied responsive web design, HTML5, CSS3, graphics for advertising, and organizing information in a systematic way.
My favorite position to date! I learned what it was like to collaborate on a team of developers to meet the needs of internal and external stakeholders. I explored skills such as designing for the future, information architecture, best practices in interface design, web patterns, dashboard design, brand alignment, github collaboration, and articulating design decisions to stakeholders in a persuasive manner. Through a lot of exploratory work my supervisor and I created a university branded, responsive WordPress theme suitable for use among department and research sites.