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I enjoy creating things, breaking things, bringing people together, and slaying dragons. This site is a curated collection of my work, process, results, and a place to humble-brag about my adventures.
This is my story.
Problem Solver. Entrepreneur. Dragon Slayer.
I use design to tell a story and technology to solve problems. I help teams move the needle and will own mistakes. I can play it safe but prefer to push boundaries. I ask the tough questions but listen carefully. I'm highly involved in the design community and bring people together. I've seen success from humble startups to massive corporations. I take pride in all I've done so far and excited for what's to come. Learn more about me or what it means to slay dragons.
Informed UX. Intuitive UI. Solid Product.
Slaying dragons is solving problems. From startups to industry titans I've been largely successful at solving user problems and business challenges across a variety of apps and platforms. I believe in building solid, human-centered solutions driven by research, informed by data, and inspired by instinct. I leverage insight and experience to help navigate the course from idea to product, delivering end-to-end solutions enjoyed by millions. Take a look.
- Deep dive into user needs & goals
- Understand the real user problems through empathy
- Help develop & drive product & UX Strategy
- Inspire teams to push boundaries beyond comfort zones
- Help create & manage design systems, libraries, components
- Elevate and maintain high design standards
- Iterate & experiment, then validate solutions
- Deliver delightful and truly thoughtful user experiences
Slaying Dragons / Solving Problems
- Understand & emphasize
- Hypothesize & experiment
- Iterate & prototype
- Test & validate
- Deliver & implement
At SiriusXM, I proudly helped build the new website experience. From customer account management tools to the re-imagining of SiriusXM Sports, I worked across Design, Product, Marketing, and Dev teams to launch the Phoenix design system and increase multiple metrics. See it
Customize your own NFT
We built a platform to customize and mint your own NFT character, bringing that freedom of expression to web3. Beyond the platform design and development we built a large community of supporters, collaborated with The Sloth Conversation Foundation in Costa Rica, and based our NFT characters on five real life sloths. This project was largely unsuccessful because of the recent market situation. We are now working with multiple web3 companies taking our NFT builder FORGE to the next level!
Investing with friends and family
In my previous role at Tribevest, I led growth and UX initiatives across the company's multiple products and platforms to raise customer acquisition, retention, and general usability. We helped thousands level-up their personal lives by making group-investing easier, seamless, and fun.
Methods of Madness
- Design Thinking
- UX Strategy
- User Research
- Information Architecture
- Journey Mapping
- User Flows
- Rapid Prototyping
- Usability Testing
- Interface Design
- Interaction Design
- Design Systems
- Data Visualization
- Mobile App UI/UX
- Web Design
- System Design
Beyond UX Design
Navigating the Inevitable Layoff
Amazing Design People List
After Hours Uncensored Edition #1
Amazing Design People List
Portfolio Edition #1
Drinking with Designers Podcast
Creatives In Quarantine
DC Tech Stories / Technically
Three Musketeers of Design
Product Designer & Strategist, Speaker
Jan 2011 - Ongoing
As a Designer, I've successfully helped elevate brand, services, and digital products. I play a critical role in helping clients, teams, and companies reimagine possibilities and bring their ideas to life.
As a Speaker, I'm here to inspire and engage audiences of any size and demographic. Invite me to speak to your classes or students in a solo AMA format or group panel discussion. I'll lend a refreshing and honest perspective, and convey passion that is palpable.
Senior UI/UX Designer + Lead
Oct 2017 - Oct 2019
I Owned the product design and UX initiatives on one of U Group's primary Department of Defense contracts and largest challenges. worked along side four product and development work-streams to build a start of the art web application to help Military Branches find and fund small businesses and academia to build innovative technology.
I led a small team of UX designers to do the fun design stuff like; user research, discovery, competitive analysis, ideation, wire-framing, prototyping, user testing, and implementation with development.
Aside from the web platform, I was responsible for leading workshops, coaching designers, and elevating Product Design and User Experience across the organization.
Senior UI / UX Designer
GEICO Digital Experience Team
April 2017 - October 2017
At GEICO, I collaborated with various product and development teams and User Researchers to transform functional specs, test results, and business requirements into successful design solutions and product updates.
During a mobile app redesign effort I started with analysis of the mobile app's user pain points, which pointed me at the login experience. My redesign concept had a minimalist design aesthetic which in turn created a more focused user experience. This concept when tested three times in three groups resulted in a major success rate jump from its current login screen at 33% to the new concepts at 80%~.
I was invited to participate in an internal team competition to create a cutting-edge mobile experience using IBM’s Watson AI technology. My team’s next-level concept was chosen by the C-Level to inspire the next generation insurance assistant.
I worked on an array of products at GEICO including their award-winning mobile app. I've been told I helped push the team forward, think outside of the box, and to not be afraid to take risks.
UI Designer / Developer
Jan 2017 - April 2017
UI / UX Designer
New Orleans, La
Feb 2015 - Jan 2017
At Radolo - my first full time gig - I created simple, intuitive design solutions for custom web-based software and mobile apps.
Our small team helped clients reach their full potential, for real. We listened to what they needed and we delivered kick-ass, successful solutions to help raise customer conversion, manage teams and tasks, provide users with insights and real-time data so decision-makers can do their job more efficiently.
From design and user experience to front end development I learned a lot within these two years.
Proud endeavors & side projects.
Over the years I've frequently been involved with hosting a variety of community-building events, workshops, portfolio reviews, podcasting, happy hours, building digital tools and much more.
Austin Tech & Experience groupFounder
Amazing Design People ListEvent Host & Design Mentor
District CreativesCo-Founder / Organizer
The fast growing fellowship that promotes a diverse, collaborative community of like-minded professionals... Learn more
Drinking with Designers PodcastCo-Founder / Host
Bringing together thought leaders and design professionals from around the world to let loose, share insights, and tell stories while taking a few drinks to the face. Listen Now
Make America Dinner AgainDC Chapter Head
In a time of political divide there's nothing more positive than bringing people of opposing views together over food... Learn More
Face the ForceCo-Founder / Designer
High quality head shots of Star Wars characters now for your designs & prototypes! Start Using
NOLA Pokecrawl • 2016 FundraiserCo-Founder / Organizer
I lead the efforts behind 500 person barcrawfl fundraiser, and viral phenomenom, Nola Pokecrawl.
If you build it, they will come.
Vincent Wanga and I founded the meetup group District Creatives and grew it to nearly 3,000 members. It is a fellowship of Designers, Developers, Artists, Architects, Photographers, Craftsmen and Creatives alike. We strongly promote and curate a diverse and collaborative community of like-minded professionals and innovators. We emphasize and encourage strong member engagement, casual networking, creative social events, inclusivity, mentoring, peer collaboration and civic pride. Our group is open to all, without bias or pretension, even if your creativity is not professionally defined, so long as your interests align. Although I have stepped away from District Creatives, the group still lives. Learn more.
UPDATE: When COVID 19 turned our lives upside down, I sadly had to walk away from District Creatives and I moved cross-country, twice. On my way down to Austin, Texas in August of 2021 I decided it was time to kick-start another community initiatve. Following in the footsteps of District Creatives, which I loved so much, I named this new group Austin Tech & Experience group or simply, ATX. Using the knowledge gained from District Creatives over the last four years we are growing quickly! We host continuous coffee club meetups on East 6th St every month, as well as happy hours, socials, presentations and more.