Acknowledgement

and empowerment

is powerful UX.

A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT ME...

As a UX Designer, I get really excited about building that bridge between the user and stakeholder.


I am a user empathy and interaction specialist. My career journey has taken me high and low, far and wide. Whether it be sales, coaching, client services, food & beverage, or the entertainment industry, every one of these industries has always centered around connecting with people, understanding their needs, and providing them the best possible solution and experience.


My goal is to utilize all my skills and design blueprints understanding the stakeholder's logic and emotions to create an experience for the user that is engaging, positive, memorable, and intuitive. This happens not by accident or sheer luck, but through the extensive study of human nature interacting with technology. You know that feeling of contentment and the grin that spreads across your face when you reminisce about a really good experience? I want that for my stakeholders and their users. Great experiences create life long impressions.


I PROVIDE STRONG BUSINESS AND DESIGN STRATEGY.

SOFT SKILLS

  • User Research
  • User Testing
  • User Interviewing
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • User Onboarding
  • UX Stategy
  • Branding
  • Idea Presentation
  • Stakeholder Interviewing
  • Cross Functional Team Colaboration

HARD SKILLS

  • Axure
  • Invision
  • myBalsamiq
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Pencil & Papaer
  • Sketch
  • Omnigraffle
  • HTML CSS

HOW UX CAME INTO MY LIFE

After 15 years of being an actor in Los Angeles I had decided it was time to transition into my next chapter in life. I needed a career that tapped into my creative mind, crtitical thinking skills, problem solving, and most importantly my ability to connect to people on a deep level and understand their needs. I had looked for advice from my mentors and the ones who were in the tech industry had recommended that I look into UX Design. I began researching what entailed in UX Design and the more I learned about it the more I began to fall in love with it. I then started to research which schools would fit me best and provide me the best skills. I chose General Assembly and after attending their orientation I was all in.


UXDi at General Assembly has been intensive, but truly gratifying. The hands on 10 week immersive program has provided me with real life UX Design job experience through a variety of client facing projects. Throughout the duration of the intensive program, I have completed 500+ hours of instruction from working UX/UI professionals/experts and project work. From overall design strategy, user research, creating ideations, wireframing, and prototyping, I have walked away with a comprehensive understanding of the end-to-end UX Design process while applying critical and creative thinking skills to provide solutions for complex design challenges. GA has taught me that design is not just an opinion, but is a journey of discovery and the answers lie within the data.


Life is not about avoiding risks. It is about making calculations and going all in with the things you love. From the very first day till the last day of class, the end to end experience of learning UX Design has been exciting and freeing. The truth will set you free and I love how in UX the user data sets you free. I have worked many jobs and in many industries, but the common thread that drew me to them and why I excelled at every turn was because I was able to utilize my passion for user empathy, build logical user interaction, and provide great user experience. I was always practicing UX Design before I even knew what UX Design was. I am all in for UX Design. I feel like all my prior experiences have lead me up to this point so that I could succeed and become a champion for UX Design. I would love the opportunity to chat with you about your pain points and goals and then explore together to test out awesome user centric solutions while getting to know you and your company.

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD HELPS ME TO BETTER UNDERSTAND UX

Traveling around the world and learning about different cultures and people has allowed me to have more insight into how people interact with products, each other, and how messages are translated and understood. A victory symbol with your fingers in one country is positive, but in another country it is not so nice and might get you a punch in the face. In western countries we read left to right, but in Asia it is right to left. Yet, a child crying in pain, or friends laughing together, or a son being embraced by his parents after coming back from war...are actions universally understood, which evoke universal emotions. Images can elicit emotions of the past, present, or impending future. A picture is worth a thousand words. I love words and I think words are magical, but if I can capture my thousand words with one picture...I'll do it.


These images are just a sample of my visceral admiration of the beauty that surrounds us. These experiences have created life long impressions in my heart and soul. Please enjoy and I hope they make you smile.