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 almost 15 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.
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My current resume is available here.
📷 below by: Liz Allan
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.
I began taking online courses in UX design and learning Webflow. When the pandemic shook the restaurant industry early last year, I decided to shift my focus to UX design full time. I recently graduated from a 5 month immersive UX program at Thinkful and am now actively pursuing full time opportunities.
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I enjoy creating minimal user interfaces that prioritize functionality.
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.
I enjoy thinking about products from a holistic viewpoint. Taking something from an idea to a built product is a wonderful process.
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.
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.
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.