Every question has an answer, and every problem has a solution. However, it can be challenging for individuals to grasp different perspectives. To overcome this, it is crucial to develop insight, empathy, and effective communication skills. By starting with a clear vision of the desired outcome, we can ensure honesty and stay focused on resolving the initial challenge.
From an early age, I recognized that design transcends traditional boundaries and encompasses a wide range of disciplines. Growing up in a family that embraced resourcefulness, I witnessed firsthand the power of design thinking in everyday situations. I still remember my mother ingeniously using pantyhose to operate the windshield wipers during a rainstorm while picking me up from school—a creative problem-solving approach that left a lasting impression.
In high school, I discovered my passion for drafting, science, and art. Combining these interests, I pursued architectural studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. However, during a project presentation in one of my classes, I had an epiphany when exploring graphic design. Instantly captivated, I made the decision to switch my major to Visual Communications and earned a BFA degree.
My skill set is a unique fusion of diverse experiences, blending my education in architecture, industrial design, visual communications, and graphic design with my professional expertise in user experience design, design thinking, user-centric thinking, entrepreneurship/ROI, and marketing. While it may sound like a flurry of buzzwords, I genuinely employ each of these skills to deliver optimal solutions for every project I undertake.
I have been fortunate to collaborate with exceptional individuals and renowned companies throughout my professional journey. Here is a glimpse of some of the remarkable organizations I have had the privilege to work with.
It brings me immense joy to contribute to the growth and development of the design community. Over the years, I have actively engaged with various organizations and initiatives, leveraging my expertise and experience to make a positive impact.
As a member of the Dallas Society of Visual Communications, I had the privilege of assisting with portfolio reviews, providing valuable feedback and guidance to aspiring designers. Additionally, I served on the board of the AIGA DFW chapter, actively involved in organizing portfolio reviews and facilitating mentorship programs. Moreover, for the past three years, I have had the honor of hosting the Behance portfolio review in DFW, creating a platform for local designers to showcase their work and receive recognition.
Through these endeavors, I aim to empower fellow designers, fostering their growth and enabling them to thrive in our vibrant design community.
My educational journey has been marked by a relentless pursuit of knowledge and growth. I proudly earned a BFA in Visual Communications, complemented by a minor in Art History from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, laying a strong foundation for my creative endeavors.
Recognizing the ever-evolving nature of our field, I continue to expand my horizons. I recently had the privilege of attending the esteemed IDEO design thinking training, a transformative experience that has deeply influenced my approach to the creative process. By embracing design thinking principles, I have gained valuable insights and tools to foster innovation, empathy, and collaboration in my work.
I firmly believe that learning is a lifelong journey, and I am committed to staying at the forefront of industry trends and methodologies. This commitment enables me to continuously push the boundaries of my craft and deliver exceptional outcomes for every project I undertake.