I've always been drawn to the intersection between creativity and complexity. This drew me to work at GrubHub when it was still a small company all the way until after its IPO. I love transformative design so I decided enter the design consulting field to help companies transform the way they do business by applying design thinking to their business and service models.
As a director and manager with over 10 years of design experience in interaction design, research, and strategy I've seen a lot of buzz words and process trends. A user-centered culture is key to conceptualizing thoughtful and effective products and services. I specialize getting teams to design for and learn from user research. User data is fundamental to accelerating innovative products and services. It's not just about creating deliverables, but focusing on the how technology can affect an experience and an outcome. I take an active role with product teams by engaging coworkers through design facilitation, collaboration, and hands-on participation.
My background has been in both fast paced startups such as GrubHub and Double Good as well as on multi-touchpoint projects for complex enterprises like Google, TransUnion, DeVry, and Motorola. While there isn't a one-size-fits-all process in design I've found that successful projects have an experience strategy that revolves around research, cross-functional collaboration, and strategic milestones that promote taking conceptual ideas and turning them into actionable designs. I love the challenge of bringing design leadership into an organization and educating and working with peers to implement custom design processes.
Wanting to share my passion for user-centered design and education I cofounded the design bootcamp Designation in 2013. Nearly five years later, over 500 students have graduated from the program. 95.9% of our students get design job within 6 months and increase their salaries by 62%. In August 2018 we were acquired by WeWork.
In 2014 I founded the HCD Book Club meetup group to get designers to discuss topics that surround the design and product fields, but lie outside of our core knowledge base. Since October of 2017 I've has been co-organizing the 2018 Midwest UX conference which will take place October 11-13, 2018 for over 625 attendees.
As person who enjoy the culinary activities I decided in 2016 to start learning how to make craft cocktails. This pursuit as combined my love for making things with my hands with photography. I started Dash Dash Cocktails (as in a dash of bitters) as a way to connect with other cocktail enthusiasts and to document my original cocktail creations through photography. Most recently I've started doing popup events with organizations who want to have an interesting team building event.
You won't find me without a camera and a few lens very often. I've been dabbling in street and travel photography some of which you can see below and throughout the site.