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As a design researcher with roots in documentary film, I look to connect with people, design for their needs, and share their stories. I fully believe that post-it notes, a fresh box of sharpies, and snacks are necessary ingredients for success, as well as staying humble and hungry to learn.

 

Commercial

Design Research, IBM Global Business Services | Austin, TX | 2018 - Present

Develop strategies to gain actionable insights for internal strategic initiatives and program design. Work under NDA. 

 

Design Research, IBM Market Development & Insights | Austin, TX | 2016 - 2018

Led UX Research squad that develops actionable insights for internal strategic initiatives and internal product redesign. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to teach IBM Design Thinking to understand emerging markets, evaluate client needs, and effectively communicate ideas. Work under NDA. 

  • Redesign of Bluemine, a research and knowledge sharing application
  • Data strategy foundation research
  • Watson brand research
  • MD&I Way framework for best practices
  • Internal design workshop facilitation on strategic initiatives, both in person and remote

 

Contract Interaction Designer, Fjord, Accenture Interactive | Austin, TX | Aug - Oct 2016

Led and developed foundational stakeholder and user research for a transformative initiative for a large public company client. Identified client needs within business context to analyze competitive landscape and synthesize opportunities.

 

Design Research, Lift Collective | Chicago, IL | 2015 – 2016

Produced visual brand and digital communication solutions for businesses that include Fortune 500s, large private corporations, non-profits, and startups. 

  • Built organizational framework inspired by complex adaptive systems for large consumer company | Case Study
  • Redesigned Fortune 50’s hiring process to improve the experience and attract top talent | Case Study
  • Re-engineered Product Development Roadmap for Large Consumer Company | Case Study
  • Researched and built strategy for an Edtech startup branding redesign 
 

 

SOCIAL IMPACT

Founder, Question Box Studio | Chicago, IL | 2012 - 2016

Designed branded websites, digital assets and videos for schools, non-profits, and startups with a focus on social good and community engagement to align key stakeholders and launch services.

  • Business model research for Northwestern University edtech startup | Case study
  • Community outreach for Tribeca Sandbox transmedia initiative to curtail gun violence | Case Study
  • At Home documentary social media, outreach, and design
  • The Homestretch documentary social media, outreach, and design

 

Production Intern, Kartemquin Films | Chicago, IL | 2012 - 2013

Selected to assist with documentary film production. Film credits include: Life Itself, The Homestretch, The Interrupters, and The Trials of Muhammad Ali.

 

 

GIVING BACK

Volunteer Art Teacher and Tutor | Chicago, IL + Austin, TX | 2013 - 2017

Work with 1st-8th grade students to teach English, art, science, math, and design.

 

Co-Founder, Trundle | Chicago, IL | 2014 - 2016

Launched start-up that collaborates with families to create smart, inspiring spaces where children in need can sleep and study.  Designed, prototyped, funded, and deployed service experience. 

  • Trundle, an initiative to create bedrooms for children in need | Case Study

 

Board, Girls Education International | Chicago, IL | 2013 - 2015

Selected board member for an international non-profit that fundraises scholarships.


Creative Recreation 

Photography

Visited 25+ countries to explore contrast in light, the elegance of nature, the geometry of architecture, and moments between people | Photography

 

Artists Screenprinting Co-Op

Member of Austin's non-profit co-op and studio space. 

 


All Case Studies

 
 


Photography