About Me

I'm based in Washington, DC and specialize in visual design, UX, illustration, and creative writing. I’m interested in digital inclusion and accessibility, as well as how visual communication can be used to drive user experience in a digital space. With experience working for digital agencies, federal consulting firms, and local non-profits, I always look for new challenges and ways to rethink initiatives through digital strategy. Send a note to get in touch!

Experience

Visual Design Associate Manager | FJORD  |  Washington, DC  |  02.17 - Present

  • Creatively communicated federal client messaging through UX and visual design

  • Produced wireframes, prototypes, and high-fidelity visual designs

  • Assisted with user testing and synthesis

  • Participated in research trips to conduct stakeholder interviews

  • Co-created and facilitated service design workshops

  • Ensured Section 508 compliance and accessibility of all visual components

  • Led the creation of visual styling and UX components for a large federal design system

  • Presented designs to clients and incorporated feedback in a thoughtful way

  • Wrote and strategized presentations to help clients communicate their stories

  • Mentored junior designers

Senior Graphic Designer | The Pew Charitable Trusts  |  Washington, DC  |  07.13 - 02.17

  • Researched potential users, created annotated wireframes and prototypes, and designed responsive interfaces for data visualizations

  • Established visual and functional components of interactive sites to streamline user experience

  • Focused on improving the functionality of interactive sites containing complex multi-step workflows on web and mobile

  • Initiated strategy check-ins with lead developer to improve existing styles

  • Developed advanced illustrations, infographics, and icons to visually communicate complex topics for public consumption while adhering to brand look and feel

  • Participated in meetings to create initial design concepts, led review and revision sessions with clients and colleagues, and completed deliverables under deadline

  • Created styles for use on social media and refined to attract and grow user base with a results-focused approach

  • Created templates and strategy book for new brand identity roll-out

  • Mentored and trained junior creative staff

  • Assisted in photo research and photo editing

  • Managed print packaging and deadlines and attended press checks

Design Editor | Association of Writers &  Writing Programs  |  Fairfax, VA  |  09.08 - 07.13

  • Created marketing materials and graphics for academic magazine and conference

  • Implemented brand identity across internal and public-facing projects

  • Aided in the creation of a digital app for flagship magazine

  • Managed production, budget, approvals, and timelines of all design projects

  • Updated select website pages and styles using HTML/CSS

  • Concepted 3D structures for conference signage and booths

  • Trained support staff and interns

  • Selected, copy-edited, and proofread scholarly articles for publication

  • Wrote and designed annual job report

Graphic Artist | Sound Publishing  |  Seattle, WA  |  01.06 - 03.08

  • Created ads, brochures, and layouts for eight local news outlets under tight deadlines

  • Collaborated and coordinated with team members, clients, and stakeholders

  • Performed press checks and signed off on proofs

Education

University of Washington | Seattle, WA

BA in interdisciplinary art and English with departmental honors

George Mason University | Fairfax, VA

MFA in writing

General Assembly | Washington, DC

User Experience Design (part-time); HTML, CSS, and Web Design (online)

Technology & Skills

  • Adobe Creative Suite (CC), Sketch, InVision

  • Creating and testing responsive design systems

  • Conducting user interviews

  • Facilitating service design workshops

  • Wireframing and prototyping

  • Understanding of HTML/CSS

  • Communication with developers

  • Custom illustration and hand-lettering

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills