In a nutshell, my journey into the world of design started at a very young age. I remember spending hours at the local OfficeDepot playing with the photo settings and filters on the digital cameras. I would spend even more hours making fake logos in Microsoft Paint ’95. You know, the OG. Though my passion for design was my first love, my second love, acting, is what I studied in college at Marymount Manhattan. It goes without saying that a private liberal arts college in New York City is…pricey. So, I began a photography studio in to help pay the bills. It was then when I began to marrying my love for design and love for people into one. Actors that needed headshots, soon needed websites. So I thought, why not design those too? After about 100 or so (terrible) websites I began to dig in to what was being called “UX” and suddenly #mindblown. I tend to say, I am self taught, however I don’t think this is true. My teachers were books, talks, meetups, and mentors…but above all else, my teacher was in doing. In failing.
Over the past 8 years in my UX career I’ve worked for mom and pop shops, Fortune 500 companies, agencies, product houses, and more. And if my free time isn’t already a thin shred with two toddlers only 11 months apart (you read that right) and a full time job as an Experience Design Strategist at Bottle Rocket…I have created and sold two companies, and most recently have launched The XD Podcast—A weekly deep dive into the world of experience design. As of today, I’m only 9 episodes in and already have listeners in over 40 countries.