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A little bit more about me

The Field Museum in Chicago is my happy place.

Not because they have the biggest T-rex ever discovered (which is awesome by the way) or a collection of gems that would make Elizabeth Taylor jealous. It was the immersive exhibits that opened my childhood eyes to the wonders of the world. It’s the fossil lab that made me feel like I could be the next Indiana Jones and the Tsavo Lions display that made me want to transport to the grasslands of Africa. Museums have always held a place of my heart, and at the core of that lies storytelling. Creating transformative experiences through storytelling has become my life’s passion.

My undergrad at Texas A&M allowed me to intern at local museums where I found my calling as a designer. I designed my first digital exhibit at The Museum of the American G.I., which led me to the field of user experience design. I carried this passion into my Masters of Information Studies at The University of Texas. There, I supported myself by holding down a full-time job while completing my classes and somehow finding room for passion projects.

Professionally, I’m a design-thinking, data-driven product designer. With clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, I’ve grown my skills in the full UX lifecycle. My joy is synthesizing generative and evaluative research to create delightful experiences.

When I’m not designing, I’m busy scouring estate sales in the hopes of becoming the next breakthrough star on Antiques Roadshow, watching Mad Men on repeat, listening to the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast, trying new food trucks in Austin, and taking my loverboy dog Beau to the dog park.

I enjoy meeting new people and hearing new perspectives. Reach out to me if you want to talk about emerging tech, UX methods, or the best restaurants in Austin! 

 

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