As a UX and Product Designer...
I am a curious, self-driven product designer who is passionate about advocating UX design across all fields of work, facilitating design education, bridging the gap between teams, and mentoring new designers.
Learning together is the biggest superpower we can do to drive change. My passion for helping others comes from the guidance I have received from my mentors, design community, and learning from my fantastic team members in UX. I strive to do the same for others and want to empower teammates in collaborative settings as a leader with a big heart.
User experience is crucial and product design is an irreplaceable craft - we can be at the same time covert - never letting the user know we were there while they fly through tasks - but also deliver delightful and powerful simplicity that can make you go "oooh..."
I have a couple of strong stances:
Both qualitative and quantitive data are extremely powerful, and I will dutifully declare my assumptions and data-driven research with each design solution
Designs are all assumptions and hypotheses until tested and released - iterations are king
You. Are. Not. The. User. (but you can champion them!)
Get to know me!
In my downtime, I am on the board of AIGA Central Coast as Programs Director. I get to hang out with awesome people and run a mentorship program that connects students with design professionals.
I am a fitness junkie, love to bake cakes, and my Instagram Explore feed is 75% puppies. I've also been told that I have no poker face, due to my cartoon-like facial expressions.
I have a very mixed heritage - my mother is Vietnamese and French, and my father has German, English, Scottish, Irish heritage (I'm probably leaving one out by accident). I was born outside of Washington, DC but grew up in Geneva, Switzerland until I moved to Boston to study at Wellesley College and MIT. I've been in San Luis Obispo, CA since 2014!