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About me

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Inspiration

I'm often asked what inspires me to push the boundaries in my designs and live life to its fullest. I consider fear to be positive and danger to be controllable. Spend a day with me and you will see how I like to stand with my toes hanging over the edge. You can find me sky diving off the Australian coast, skiing down a double black in the Alps with a Go-Pro attached, in a glider over the Rockies, surfing in Tamarindo, or mountain biking in Colorado. Being a "Crazy One" in all that I do, allows me to not get nervous when I have to present to Stakeholders and trust myself when I am exploring other options by flipping the design on its head. I live to be innovative and technology is my tool.

Career

I am the Lead UX/UI Mobile Native App Art Director at Kaplan Test Prep for their Atom team. My talented, fun, creative team is passionate about our users and education. We understand how important it is to maintain consistency across our products and are currently in the process of redefining the UX/UI process and how it relates to education.

Previously I was the Lead UX/UI Mobile Native App Art Director on the Global Brand Design team for all 11 of Starwood's design lead lifestyle brands. Basically, I get to play with all of the cool new tech toys and create amazing user experiences for our guests and associates at Starwood. I work with extremely talented teams and I am blessed to say I love my career.

At Starwood, I have been fortunate enough to be part of a team that partners with Apple, Google, and Adobe, for Apple Watch, iOS 9, and Google Glass. Apple has featured our work in 8 keynotes, 2 commercials, in Apple Stores, Apple.com, the iTunes App Store and their Human Interface Guidelines.

Clients: St. Regis, W Hotels, Le Meridien, Sheraton, Westin, Element, Aloft, Four Points, The Luxury Collection, Starwood Preferred Guest and Starwood Corporate.

After changing careers as an architectural designer many years ago, I now dedicate myself to designing friendly User Interfaces for the mobile digital world. I keep design simple yet intuitive for users. I work closely with world-class talented teams of designers, developers and researchers to make ground breaking designs come to life. I value the creative process and understand the roles of the various disciplines on my teams.

Personal Life

When I am not living on the edge, I like to balance my life at home with my loved ones and my fur babies.

Skills

Concept to Production

UI Design

UI Design

Specialize in iOS and Android mobile design. Create and iterate on assets that reflect a brand, enforce a language, and inject beauty and life into a product. Produce high-quality visual designs at a variety of resolutions.

UX Design

UX Design

Define user task flows, UX specs, personas. Communicate scenarios, end-to-end experiences, interaction models, and screen designs to stakeholders. Develop and maintain design wireframes, mockups, and specifications as needed.

Interaction Design

Interaction Design

Proficiency in graphic design, motion graphics, digital art, a sensitivity to typography and color, a general awareness of materials/textures, and a practical grasp of animation. Focus on human interaction design.