Nice to meet you. 👋🏻

I was born and raised in the Twin Cities but relocated to Portland, OR in 2015. I love creating effortless user experiences and humanized digital design work. My work draws influence from hip hop culture, video games, street art, the internet, and nature.

I also spent about 10 years working in restaurants as a cook (Most recently at AFURI and Tenant). My time spent in kitchens taught me how to work efficiently with a team and how to focus on small details to ensure a positive user experience.

Let's create something cool together. 🌱

My current resume is available here.

📷 below by: Liz Allan

My Journey

I started doing design work when I was 17 years old. My first projects were focused around graphic and apparel design. After graduating from design school, I worked with many local musicians on web and promotional projects. As my cooking career progressed, I started to do menu design for some of the spots I worked at. I have always viewed my design work more through a functional lens than an aesthetic lens, so when I discovered UX design in 2017, I was immediately drawn to it.

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I began taking online courses in UX design and learning Webflow in order to publish my own website projects. When the pandemic shook the restaurant industry early last year, I decided to shift my focus to UX design full time. I graduated from a 5 month immersive UX program at Thinkful last fall and am now working full time as a UX Designer at IDX.

Thanks for stopping by. ✌️🙏🌱

My past experience

Google

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VP of Design

Jan 2021 — Present
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Webflow

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Senior Product Designer

Jan 2020 — Dec 2020
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Figma

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Lead UI Designer

Jan 2019 — Dec 2019
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My skills

UI Design

I enjoy creating minimal user interfaces that prioritize functionality.

UX Design

UX design is my specialty. I am constantly thinking about products in terms of the big picture. I am always asking "why?" and always advocating for the user.

Product Design

I enjoy thinking about products from a holistic viewpoint. Taking something from an idea to a built product is a wonderful process.

User Research

The human aspect of digital design is the most interesting part. I enjoy talking to people about their experiences, and figuring out how to make their lives easier.

Brand Design

My undergraduate degree is in Entrepreneurial Studies with a focus on graphic design. I also worked on branding projects during a design internship in 2017.

Teamwork

Perhaps the most important thing I learned in professional kitchens is how to work well in teams. I have learned to collaborate efficiently, and how to bring out the best in others.