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Whether full-time or contract, I love working with a team.
If I've learned one thing about myself after working freelance, agency, non-profit, and in-house—it's that I love working within a team. Even as a freelancer, I get excited to build a team that includes my client. Most recently I was the Art Director for Frontiers, a humanitarian non-profit, where I lead a team and championed design thinking among the ranks. Before that I was the Senior User Experience Designer at meltmedia, where I collaborated on websites and mobile apps.
How did this all start?
One time I made a truly ugly jewelry box for my mother. I sat in my high school art class thinking about how much of a disaster this latest ceramic project was. At that moment I realized that even though I loved to make things, I didn't want to be an artist. Then, I found out my school offered an 'advertising art' class (I know, very Mad Men sounding) and my eyes were opened to a place where my imagination could solve problems. I went on to study at the College of Design at Arizona State University, content to spend my waking hours (and some of my 'I really should be sleeping' hours) in the studio. In 2009, after four years of intense Bauhaus-inspired training, I received a B.S. in Visual Communication Design.
Extroverted, intuitive, and opinionated (in a good way).
Supporting design community events, attending Creative Mornings, and being a member of the Arizona AIGA are just a few of the ways I stay involved. I'm also passionate about the advancement of women in tech/design and have spoken on the topic as well as participated in Women in UX at Twitter HQ. I've also spoken at Ignite Phoenix on The Art of Talking to Strangers. Side projects also keep my mind fresh (currently working on Coffee Bureau which I put together with my coffee roasting husband).
It's never too soon to get started.