I’m a product designer! I like working as a part of a small team doing constant, quick product iterations. Although I avoid saying the word ‘user’ whenever possible, UX is the current vernacular for what gets me out of bed in the morning. As champion of people-centric design, I firmly believe that understanding the people I’m designing for is critical to developing a successful product. For me, pixel-pushing is a means to an end. Although stunning visuals are important, I’m an intellectual at heart. I want to solve problems by finding out what makes people tick and testing hypotheses. My role is to help people understand why a product will make their lives better, and then deliver on that promise.
In May of 2012, I completed a master’s degree in interaction design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. I went on to work at the social TV startup Miso, which was acquired in early 2013. After Miso’s operations shifted to the new owners, I was contracted by Pocket (via Google Ventures) to help out with some UX challenges they’d been facing with their save-for-later service for web content. Upon completing that contact, I decided to return to New York City.
After finishing my next contract as GetGlue‘s first UX designer, I became the second hire at Telecast, a new studio company at Betaworks, during the summer of 2013. The Telecast team ‘graduated’ from Betaworks and formed Thirty Labs in partnership with Frederator Studios. My most successful product there, Crumbles, received quite a bit of media attention, but is sadly no longer available, and Thirty Labs eventually shut down.
In May of 2015, I joined Kitchensurfing after they’d pivoted from a private chef marketplace, to a more everyday in-home dining experience. I really admired the company’s passion for bringing families and friends together around the dinner table. Over the course of a year, I helped guide the product through multiple sweeping changes to the customer experience. However, the company never wasn’t able to develop a sustainable business model, and shut down. (Notice a pattern here?!)
Currently, I head up design at Minibar Delivery, which straddles the lines between an e-commerce, on-demand, and marketplace alcohol business. The product has grown dramatically in terms of geography, demographics, and functionality (turns out a LOT of people love drinking.) And I’m supporting the company’s mission for building the best way to shop for wine, liquor, and beer, and celebrating every day!
Because I spend entirely too much time staring at screens, I like to climb rocks, ride bikes, and slide down snowy mountains on a plank whenever possible.
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