I am a multi-disciplinary designer, passionate about working at the intersection of design, technology, and the public good. I love to create user experiences that are joyful, engaging, and easy - whether the experience is for a consumer product or an internal work session. I take a human-centered design approach to a wide range of problems, from creating digital products and services to establishing new operational processes. To support this, I plan and facilitate co-creation workshops that encourage teams to work collaboratively and think imaginatively.
At every organization, I have fallen into the role of management organically, always performing beyond what my current role required. I have transitioned work cultures towards collaboration; built up product design teams over periods of time as well as inherited them; have worked in lean start-ups and large organizations (and start-up groups within larger organizations). But in all situations, I am always ready to roll up my sleeves and participate hands-on in the projects.
I have a weird and wonderful combination of professional experiences that includes teaching collaborative problem-solving to undergraduates at the New School, creating experiences for emerging platforms in the kitchen; creating digital classroom products, designing mission-critical systems for the City of New York, designing and building content-rich websites for museums and media channels, developing content for a children's television show, defining and programming mathematical models for Wall Street markets, and training to be a flying trapeze instructor. The many hats I have worn allow me to empathize and work comfortably across functional teams and communicate effectively with both stakeholders and teammates.
I hold a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and was a Visiting Scholar in Mathematics at Oxford University. I also hold an M.S. in Visual Communications Design from Pratt Institute and have received recognition for my ideas, art direction, and design from How magazine, the Art Director’s Club, Macromedia, the Markle Foundation, and the Center for Digital Government. Examples of my design are included in the book Paperie, produced by Kate’s Paperie, and my undergraduate course at the New School was featured in Storybench's listicle: "Seven Innovative Journalism Courses Your Should Take This Fall".