How'd I get here?
My work is a reflection of a background in graphic design and marketing with technology and user centered design thinking. I am a user experience designer so, how'd I get here?
I've always had a knack for drawing and design. I started at an early age drawing things that I loved: wildlife & landscapes, hearts & rainbows. At the family property near Crosslake, MN, my family has a cabin with a loft that was covered in styrofoam insulation for a while, until it got finished. My cousins and I covered every square inch of it with marker drawings that smelled like every fruit you could imagine thanks to our Mr. Sketch scented markers!
I continued to have a passion for art. Once I completed high school, I decided I wanted to be a 3D computer animator so, I went off to college to study multi-media! I studied desktop publishing, photo editing, illustration, interaction design, and computer animation.
I started working in the graphic arts industry at a printing company doing desktop publishing. Eventually, I moved on and accepted a position in the marketing department where I had a great time working on the business side of things. This is where I started working on the web, I had always dabbled with code and design, but while on this team I designed websites and also worked with clients to create cross-channel marketing; print, internet, and email.
I enjoyed working on the web so much, and I developed a passion for creating great experiences and engaging people across the web, text messaging, social media, email and print. I designed and architected media and marketing campaigns for companies across the country.
I moved on to a new company doing very similar work. The business started working on an updated, customer facing software solution and they started to ask me for UX Designs that would support it. I started working a "side hustle" doing UX Design on this project. As soon as got a taste of UX Design I knew that was what I was meant to do. I loved all of it, the research, the development, the designit seemed as though I was destined to do this work. The product team liked what they saw so much, they promoted me to UX Designer on the delivery team for the project.​​​​​​​
I'd love to see what I can do to help you achieve rock star results at your company!
I have a passion for technology, environment, interior design, architecture, history, nature, animals, culinary arts, social justice, well being, and goofing off! Most evenings after a good workout at the club, I spend time at home with my husband Kyle, and our two fur babies, Charlie and Zoey. We catch up on all our binge-worthy TV and I love to cook delicious meals! I'm kind of a health food nut and it is not uncommon for me to be trying something new and healthy! I volunteer my time to help marginalized communities and at risk populations in the Minneapolis area by donating my design skills to supporting AIDS service organizations as well as LGBTQ+ human services support.
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