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I enjoy creating things, breaking things, bringing people together, and slaying dragons. This site is a curated collection of my work, process, results, and a place to humble-brag about my adventures.
This is my story.
Problem Solver. Entrepreneur. Dragon Slayer.
I use design to tell a story and technology to solve problems. I've moved the needle and made mistakes. I've played it safe and pushed boundaries. I ask tough questions but listen carefully. I'm involved in the design community and bring people together. I've worked across humble startups and massive corporations. I'm proud of all I've done so far and excited for what's to come. Learn more about me or what it means to slay dragons.
Informed UX. Intuitive UI. Solid Product.
Slaying dragons is solving problems. From startups to industry titans I've been largely successful at solving user problems and business challenges across a variety of apps and platforms. I believe in building solid, human-centered solutions driven by research, informed by data, and inspired by instinct. I leverage insight and experience to help navigate the course from idea to product, delivering end-to-end solutions enjoyed by millions. Take a look.
- Deep dive into user needs & goals
- Understand the real user problems through empathy
- Help develop & drive product & UX Strategy
- Inspire teams to push boundaries beyond comfort zones
- Help create & manage design systems, libraries, components
- Elevate and maintain high design standards
- Iterate & experiment, then validate solutions
- Deliver delightful and truly thoughtful user experiences
Slaying Dragons / Solving Problems
- Understand & emphasize
- Hypothesize & experiment
- Iterate & prototype
- Test & validate
- Deliver & implement
At SiriusXM, I'm proudly helping build the new website experience. From customer account manangement to the re-imagining of Sports, I lead interaction and UX design initiatives while working with a talented team to launch the Phoenix redesign. See it
Providing amazing rentals
Taking the opportunity to help a friend, I led the redesign of this website from the ground up. The client needed to get their properties into renters hands. I created a simple UI and borrowed familiar patterns to help users find and book rentals quicker and much easier – making the client happy.
Methods of Madness
- Design Thinking
- UX Strategy
- User Research
- Information Architecture
- Journey Mapping
- User Flows
- Rapid Prototyping
- Usability Testing
- Interface Design
- Interaction Design
- Design Systems
- Data Visualization
- Mobile App UI/UX
- Web Design
- System Design
Product Designer & Strategist, Speaker
Jan 2011 - Ongoing
As a Designer, I've successfully helped elevate brand, services, and digital products. I play a critical role in helping clients, teams, and companies reimagine possibilities and bring their ideas to life.
As a Speaker, I'm here to inspire and engage audiences of any size and demographic. Invite me to speak to your classes or students in a solo AMA format or group panel discussion. I'll lend a refreshing and honest perspective, and convey passion that is palpable.
Senior UI/UX Designer + Lead
Oct 2017 - Oct 2019
I Owned the product design and UX initiatives on one of U Group's primary Department of Defense contracts and largest challenges. worked along side four product and development work-streams to build a start of the art web application to help Military Branches find and fund small businesses and academia to build innovative technology.
I led a small team of UX designers to do the fun design stuff like; user research, discovery, competitive analysis, ideation, wire-framing, prototyping, user testing, and implementation with development.
Aside from the web platform, I was responsible for leading workshops, coaching designers, and elevating Product Design and User Experience across the organization.
Senior UI / UX Designer
GEICO Digital Experience Team
April 2017 - October 2017
At GEICO, I collaborated with various product and development teams and User Researchers to transform functional specs, test results, and business requirements into successful design solutions and product updates.
During a mobile app redesign effort I started with analysis of the mobile app's user pain points, which pointed me at the login experience. My redesign concept had a minimalist design aesthetic which in turn created a more focused user experience. This concept when tested three times in three groups resulted in a major success rate jump from its current login screen at 33% to the new concepts at 80%~.
I was invited to participate in an internal team competition to create a cutting-edge mobile experience using IBM’s Watson AI technology. My team’s next-level concept was chosen by the C-Level to inspire the next generation insurance assistant.
I worked on an array of products at GEICO including their award-winning mobile app. I've been told I helped push the team forward, think outside of the box, and to not be afraid to take risks.
UI Designer / Developer
Jan 2017 - April 2017
UI / UX Designer
New Orleans, La
Feb 2015 - Jan 2017
At Radolo - my first full time gig - I created simple, intuitive design solutions for custom web-based software and mobile apps.
Our small team helped clients reach their full potential, for real. We listened to what they needed and we delivered kick-ass, successful solutions to help raise customer conversion, manage teams and tasks, provide users with insights and real-time data so decision-makers can do their job more efficiently.
From design and user experience to front end development I learned a lot within these two years.
Proud endeavors & side projects.
Over the years I've frequently been involved with hosting a variety of community-building events, workshops, portfolio reviews, podcasting, happy hours, building digital tools and much more.
Austin Tech & Experience groupFounder
District CreativesCo-Founder / Organizer
The fast growing fellowship that promotes a diverse, collaborative community of like-minded professionals... Learn more
Amazing Design People ListEvent Host & Design Mentor
Drinking with Designers PodcastCo-Founder / Host
Bringing together thought leaders and design professionals from around the world to let loose, share insights, and tell stories while taking a few drinks to the face. Listen Now
Make America Dinner AgainDC Chapter Head
In a time of political divide there's nothing more positive than bringing people of opposing views together over food... Learn More
Face the ForceCo-Founder / Designer
High quality head shots of Star Wars characters now for your designs & prototypes! Start Using
NOLA Pokecrawl • 2016Co-Founder / Organizer
I lead the efforts behind the quick-to-fade, viral phenomenom, the Nola Pokecrawl. Based on Pokemon Go, this meant-to-be-private Facebook event quickly had thousands from all across the states "attending". Businesses were throwing money at us to participate. We capped the crawl at 500 "Trainers", designed and sold merch, held costume contests, band performances, and more. We even had to acquire a parade permit with police escorts! We partnered with the local LA-SPCA and raised over two grand for the pups and kitties in need.
If you build it, they will come.
Founded by Vincent Wanga and I, District Creatives is a nearly 3000 member fellowship of Designers, Developers, Artists, Architects, Photographers, Craftsmen and Creatives alike. We strongly promote and curate a diverse and collaborative community of like-minded professionals and innovators. We emphasize and encourage strong member engagement, casual networking, creative social events, inclusivity, mentoring, peer collaboration and civic pride. Our group is open to all, without bias or pretension, even if your creativity is not professionally defined, so long as your interests align. Join us for upcoming activities and creative opportunities to hangout and collaborate around the DC Metro and beyond. Learn more.