"I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art."

 

- Helena Bonham Carter

 
 

About


A midwesterner at heart, I grew up in Ohio before studying art and design at the University of Michigan. After college, I moved to Chicago for about two years. There I started my career as a graphic designer before relocating again to Grand Rapids, Michigan to be with my then-boyfriend-now husband. After four and half memorable years in the mitten state, and two jobs that lead me to the world of user experience and digital product design, I now live in Durham, NC. with my husband and daughter.

My day-to-day work in digital product design is fueled by my other creative pursuits. This site is where I combine my practice as designer for the digital space with design for the physical worldβ€”through writing, interior design, invitation and stationary design, and by documenting my travels. 

 

Speaking & Events


TomTom Founders Festival | Panel Discussion | April 2018
A Universal Language: Inclusive Design

Ladies the UX Durham | Oct 2017
Panel Discussion: Building a User-Centric Organization by Taking Initiative

Hopscotch Design Festival 2017 | Sept 2017
Roundtable: How to Develop and Validate Creative Concepts with Margo Bulka

NCSU Graphic Design Workshop | Sept 2017
Animation, Interface and Gesture

Work 


WillowTree, Inc | Director of Product Design
January 2017–Present Durham, NC

WillowTree, Inc | Senior Product Designer
April 2016–December 2016 Durham, NC

Atomic Object | Software Consultant & Designer
November 2013–April 2016, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Elevator Up | Experience Designer
February 2012-October 2013, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Canright Communications | Graphic Designer
August 2010-February 2012

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Community


On The Grid Durham
Ambassador & Curator via WillowTree, Inc

CreativeMornings Grand Rapids
Founding Host & Organizer, May 2014-April 2016

AIGA West Michigan
Director of Programming, May 2013-June 2014

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Education


Chicago Portfolio School | Design & Art Direction
University of Michigan | Bachelor of Fine Art
VSUP | Graphic Design, Semester Abroad
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