I am a senior UI/UX designer and design manager with over 20 years of experience in creating enterprise software.
I was at a mid-career crossroad when I decided to apply to USDS. My life hasn’t been the same since I joined in February 2019. I am dedicated to using my design skills to serve the American people.
My areas of expertise include:
Design strategy and leadership
Hands-on UI/UX/visual design: user research, synthesis, wireframing, prototyping, testing, visual design, design spec delivery
Graphic design and branding
The intersection of art and technology has always been my happy place.
I majored in music engineering as an undergrad because I love music and I was pretty good at calculus and physics. In grad school, I studied technical theater because I wanted to do sound design and I liked hanging around the creative drama people.
When I was done with school in 1995, and the web was just getting started, my Photoshop and BBEdit skills meant that I could get a job making web sites.
Over 20 years later, I am an expert in designing enterprise software and managing design teams. I still like grappling with the mix of art and technology in the work I do.
And I still like hanging out with creative people who challenge the status quo and prove that enterprise software can be delightful, elegant and usable.
This was kind of fun. I took a personality test and here's what it said. I must admit it rings true:
You have a full range to your personality from your attention to detail to your creativity. You have systems of keeping the things that are important to you organized, but your creative mind allows you to follow your whims. You enjoy socializing and spending time with other people, especially at artistic events. However, you are equally happy on your own, often engrossed in a project that causes you to lose track of time as you work. Your penchant for routine and details allows you to navigate these different interests with ease.
Some things I'm obsessed with at the moment:
The Manifesto show at the Hirshhorn. I attended an artist talk with the creator of the Cate Blanchett video piece, Julian Rosefeldt. It’s awesome. I will revisit many times.
This wonderful video about glass genius/goddess Nancy Callan.
We caught the final weekend of the Hilma af Klint show at the Guggenheim. No biggie, she just invented abstract expressionism 40 years before everyone else.
This fantastic exhibition of the work of Charline Von Heyl at the Hirshhorn.
I want to see these amazing works of ceramic artist Annabeth Rosen in person.
Amber Cowan. I’m still obsessed. She’s still awesome and creating staggeringly gorgeous works in glass.
Call Me By Your Name. Can a person fall in love with and marry a film? Asking for a friend.
Past obsessions but still lodged in the recesses of my brain:
There was my life before hearing this song, The Joke by Brandi Carlile. My life hasn’t been the same since.
ROMA. My God, this film. It’s simply a masterpiece. See it on a big screen if possible.
The new Hookworms album Microshift. My husband and I agree it's desert-island-level.
Linda Lopez's ceramic dust furries. I want to collect them all.
I see Gene Davis's stripes everywhere. These "warming stripe" graphs look like his paintings too.
The new Field Music album is wonderful. LOVE these guys.
Peaky Blinders. Why have I waited so long to watch this? Oi, it's brilliant.
Devoured the first chapter of the upcoming book "The Power of Moments" by the Heath brothers
Sister Corita Kent's full archive has been digitized
Jaquard weaving by designer/musician Aya Kawabata
Finally saw the Yayoi Kusama show at the Hirshhorn. It lived up to the hype. Brilliant!
A fun new side project I started to help encourage women in tech: A Woman's Place Is in the Code
"A Masked Ball" by Yinka Shonibare M.B.E. is currently showing at 21c Durham. The colors of the Dutch wax fabrics made me swoon.
Impatiently waiting for my copy of the Bolted Book to arrive
Currently devouring John Maeda's Design in Tech 2017 Report
I loved being introduced to the artist Thomas Bayrle at ICA in Miami
Crochet Coral Reef: TOXIC SEAS at the Museum of Arts and Design. I was in my happy, happy place at this exhibit.
Norwood Viviano's art work that combines blown glass and data visualization. Swoon.
Designing Your Life. When I grow up I want to go to Stanford d.school.
Southern Accent at the Nasher Museum of Art. So many profound ideas here, I can't wait to go back.
This Michael Chabon story about his young son who already knows what he's all about.
Hopscotch Design Festival. I'm still thinking about what I heard and learned. I love this event!
Hamilton. Duh. I have seen it twice. Once with the original cast. Don't hate me.