Like "Banana Walnut," but not quite.
Human-centered experience designer
In a nutshell...
I live to bring out the best in everyone.
One of my biggest joys in life is helping others succeed, and I exhibit this passion with my loved ones all the way through my team, to my clients, and the humans I design for on the other end of an experience.
It's part of why I was a good teacher, and part of why I'm a valued team member.
Knowing that I'm making a positive impact on my work and coworkers means the world to me.
I have 4 years of experience in UX/UI design between my masters degree in interaction design from Northeastern University, and my work as a user-centered design consultant for Deloitte Applied AI. I love working on the discovery phases of UX projects, as well as design strategy and ethnographic research.
I have a few more years of experience in other related experiential fields, in roles such as a set designer, set stylist, set builder, brand activator, event production assistant, and high school digital art and design teacher. I find preparing for larger than life experiences exhilarating!
Topics that get me amped
Having spent almost half of my life online, I have a lot of strongly held opinions about the impact of the internet on our society. Within this, I get especially fired up about its influence on young women and their wellbeing: mental, physical, sexual, and emotional. So much so that I based my grad school thesis on it and did a NSFW analysis of the descriptors used in the titles of p*rn videos.
Related reading: American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers
I took a class in undergrad called "Surveillance Cultures" and I've never seen tech, and design, in the same light again – I am very aware of the possible ramifications of my work. At any given moment I am likely to be found contemplating the repercussions of iGen (aka Gen Z) growing up with iPhones in their pockets and effectively surveilling themselves and their friends 24/7 on Snapchat, Instagram, etc.
Related reading: iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us
My dog, Hank
He's a ridiculous (and ridiculously cute) super mutt we adopted in June of 2020. Ever the drama queen, Hank and his big personality is now 95% of my camera roll on my phone. I will gladly accept any opportunity to talk about him!