I am an experienced design professinal with a Master's degree in Human-Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. Currently, I work at Microsoft as a Senior UX/Visual Designer for the DevDiv (Microsoft Developer Division). Before Microsoft, I worked for Disney ABC Television Group as an Art Director/UX/UI Designer. Much of my professional career has been focused in the digital space designing web and mobile experiences. I am an experienced designer, with a background that includes web, mobile, print, packaging, brand development and illustration. I also have worked in trade show and exhibition design.
I am a well rounded designer who is comfortable with end-to-end design projects and straddles the divide between Visual and UX design.
SR Staff UX/Visual Designer - GE Digital Healthcare
SR UX/Visual Designer - Microsoft
Art Director, UX/UI Designer - Disney ABC Television Group
Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Illustrator - Humongous Entertainment
Designer/Illustrator - Brazzos
Prepress, Production Designer - Richmark Labels
Production Designer, Silkscreener - Dick Peele and Associates
Production Designer, Silkscreener - Design Dimesions, Inc
Illustrator, in-store sign maker - Wholefoods
I began my design career in Poughkeepsie, NY. My start as a design professional began at WholeFoods, one of my roles was to be the in-store artist and sign maker. At the time, all the graphics were to done by hand to contribute to the artisianal nature of the store's product lines. From there I moved on to Design Dimensions, Inc, a Raleigh based high-end design and custom fabrication shop specializing in permanent exhibits, trade show displays, retail and office fixtures, product prototyping, and graphic design. At Design Dimensions, I worked as a silk-screen printer, production artist and fabricator.
Like many others I heeded the call west and relocated to the Seattle area during the mid-90s to join the emerging and booming tech economy. In Seattle I picked up where I left off in Raleigh quickly finding work as silk-screener and fabricator for Peele & Associates. After about 6 months with Peele, I landed a job as a prepress specialist with Richmark labels. In addition to my prepress duties, I also created printing plates and labels designs for a variety of local products. Through these jobs I developed my skills as a designer and gained hands-on knowledge of production techniques for a variety of design related professions. My next brought me back to silkscreening as an illustrator-designer for a licensed clothing manufacture in Kent, WA. The company has since been sold off and shipped to asia where it continues to produce a variety of clothing items mainly for Disney and Warner Brothers that are sold at big box stores such as Target and Walmart. I worked mainly on Bugs Bunny and produced a number of season lines before the company was sold off.
Humongous Entertainment, Inc gave me my next professional opportunity. I was initially hired as a graphic designer and specialized in brand development and product packaging for a number of the company's character driven, interactive CD-ROM games. I created many of the early package designs for Pajama Sam, Spy Fox, Freddie Fish, Putt-Putt and the Backyard Sports Series. Humongous moved into the online space and I moved with them becoming part of the web team. Humongous fell victim to the dot-com bust and was sold a number of times. It was a difficult topsy-turvy time and by the spring of 2000 I decided that I needed a more stable work environment, something like Disney.
I landed a designer's dream job with the Walt Disney Company although, I didn't quite know it. At the time, the Disney | ABC Television Group was Go.com. I was hired to be the designer as part of a six person development team for the ten Disney owned local news stations spread across the country. The stations include:
I have become a geek and work as a SR UX/Visual designer at Microsoft. Such is life.
Current gig. I spend my time working to improve healthcare enncounters for patients and providers. Guess I am no longer a geek.
Cycling cleanses the soul. It is what keeps me focused on what is important in life.
“No, Watson, this was not done by accident, but by design.” Sherlock Holmes