At the University of Washington's School of Art & Design, I teach an introductory arts course focusing on the combination of analog tools and materials with the flexibility of digital editing and output. Students work with photography, Photoshop, drawing, and design fundamentals.
As the visual designer for the user experience team, I collaboratively defined the look and feel of several enterprise level cloud security and risk analysis products used by fortune 500 clients.
At UM, I moved into increasing roles of responsibility including being chosen to design, develop, and manage an online teaching resource for the School of Art & Design's undergraduate program.
As an instructor in the School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, I taught students of varying skill levels and backgrounds the conceptual foundations and technical skills of digital design.
While in Michigan, I also worked as a freelance product photographer for the record label Ghostly International. Images from these assignments have been featured in Design Sponge, the New York Times Magazine, and various design blogs.
In 2006, I earned my master of fine arts degree in Print Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a school consistently ranked among the top 10 programs for the fine arts. In 2004, I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of Kansas.
Discovery is the first of three separate B2B products that I designed with a wonderful user experience team at CipherCloud. It provides administrators an easy yet extensive way to identify risk, analyze network usage, and manage cloud application access within an enterprise.
As the team's only visual designer, my key challenges were to provide visual clarity in a data rich UI, to design for scalability and evolving features, and to maintain consistency throughout the development process. Top down constraints, such as branding guidelines and color choice, were balanced with the goals of creating a flexible and content focused interface.
Working directly under the principal user interaction designer, I was responsible for iterating design treatments, creating custom icons, marking specifications, and managing design libraries. I also completed design reviews for the front-end developers and annotated any changes necessary to keeping the UI consistent.
Working iteratively to simplify the product wherever possible, I updated the existing design library and reworked our color palette. Drawing on my background as a visual artist, I used Goethe triangles to create multiple color families for our charts and used lightness and saturation variations on our corporate hue for the majority of the background elements.
In trying to claim market space with this series of products, we met aggressive deadlines that often favored rapid solutions. Given more time, I would love to continue to simplify the interface and carve out more whitespace where possible. Through working on this series of products, I learned to design for flexibility and to plan for consistency. I loved being part of a UX team, and hope to do more UX focused work in the future!
*Please note, I designed two additional products while working with the UX team at CipherCloud. However, these products are unreleased and can't be shared through this portfolio.
The University of Michigan's School of Art & Design wanted to create a site to curate and present teaching materials for a series of foundations art courses taught in multiple sections by multiple instructors. I was approached to create an online resource that could homogenize classroom content and present students with comparable classroom experiences regardless of the instructor.
Our primary challenge was to provide well chosen materials with sensitivity toward each artistic medium and in an intuitively discoverable way. A secondary goal was to keep low technical requirements for future upkeep, and to tailor the design to current branding standards for the School of Art & Design.
Through a process of interviewing faculty members, I arrived at a series of categories, tags, and readings that described what faculty envisioned to be the core areas of learning within the program. Starting with a simple Wordpress template, I edited the PHP and CSS to match our needs. After following up on reading requests, I solicited further readings from the faculty, and wrote the copy summarizing each article. To meet copyright restrictions, we completed the online teaching resource as an internal site.
On the side, I love making digital illustrations and tinkering with children's stories. It's a great practice ground for playing with color, layout, and storytelling!