My path to user experience

My entry to UX came while working at a nonprofit children's blindness prevention program. A shiny new database, custom-built for my team, was delivered to us with every feature on our wish list.

And we all really, really didn’t like it.

Most of the team insisted they were personally inept and that's why it was so challenging to use. Once I observed my teammates using the database, I could see where tricky areas in the design slowed them down. I took on the project of figuring out how make the database more user-friendly. Around this time, I also developed a serious eye condition that took months to overcome. I relied on assistive technology to interact with computers, and this furthered me down the path of learning about accessibility and UX principles to help myself and my team.

Now, as a UX designer and researcher, I've designed experiences for nonprofits, start-ups and global companies. I completed a master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction and Design from the University of California, Irvine in 2018. I love learning and talking about UX, so I am active in UX communities. I’ve recently served as SheTech Explorer mentor to teen girls interested in STEM, a guest lecturer at Southern Utah University, as an advisory committee member for Ladies That UX- Salt Lake City, and as a founding member and former director of UXPA Mid-Missouri.

I'm interested in technology use in social spaces, clever responsive design and designing non-addictive digital products that help people become better. In my free time, you’ll find me tending my verdant collection of large tropical plants, watching movies with my family, or swooning over mid-century interiors.