I do UX and front-end development at 8th Light, where I work with a variety of companies to take their products through the full design process, from discovery to code.
Over all else, I aim to create products that are useful, safe, and honor people’s limited resources (especially the resource of time).
My design philosophy is to approach each step of the process and new challenge with a mixture of design experience and authentic research. I take research seriously, I design for all groups regardless of ability, and I don’t believe in edge cases.
I work to ensure that digital products cannot be be used as tools of abuse, and share my findings with other people who create digital products.
My goal is to reduce harm in the world through centering the safety of victims of domestic violence. I call this work "designing for inclusive safety."
My talk, Designing Against Domestic Violence, covers these topics. If you’re interested in this talk appearing at your conference, workplace, or other setting, please reach out.
I worked in education non-profit before making a change to the tech world. I love teaching and mentoring other career changers and helping them find their way into the fields of design and development. I teach on and off through General Assembly and do frequent informal instruction and mentoring.
If you’re from a group that is underrepresented in tech and need some guidance on breaking into the field, reach out and I will try to help.
Articles about my transition into tech:
I spend my non-design time consuming any zombie-related media I can get my hands on, creating cyanotype prints, and hanging out with my dogs, Hamlet and Horatio.
Cyanotypes are one-of-a-kind blue prints that result from a historical process that blends photography and printmaking. My prints feature botanicals and fabrics from meaningful spaces. I sell the best ones on Etsy.