I am a product designer. I like watching people more than watching TV. I solve creative ruts by getting outside. I think accessibility > aesthetics. I enjoy talking to the people I design for. I want to understand them. I write. I tweet. I am happily employed at Degreed. Let's connect. Welcome.

Featured case studies

Natali Zollinger👉

Site, blog, and events manager for a rising star in the SUP community.

Triassic Stone👉

Custom website for an up-and-coming artisan shop, built with flexibility in mind so it can grow with them

Building HackerRank👉

After building a successful competitions engine, we we aimed to solve the problem of connecting users with each other and helping them find help from the community when they needed it.

HackerRank Conversations👉

Custom website for an up-and-coming artisan shop, built with flexibility in mind so it can grow with them

CodeSprint 5👉

Custom website for an up-and-coming artisan shop, built with flexibility in mind so it can grow with them

Recent writing

The empathy paradox👉

Empathy is so hot right now. Whether you’re a user experience professional, visual designer, marketer, developer, empathy is the new skill to have. Unfortunately, like most buzz words that become jargon, the value of the word is being lost in the noise. What really is empathy? The first definition that may likely come to mind is … Continue reading The empathy paradox

What do top UI designers do differently?👉

Yesterday, I was asked to answer a question on Quora: What do the top 1% of user interface designers do differently than the other 99%? I think the original poster was assuming that the top eschelon of UI designers use different tools or techniques in their practice. However, I see expert UI design differently. Those designers … Continue reading What do top UI designers do differently?

This may be the best UX quote I have ever read👉

I stumbled upon this great article,  Slaying 5 UX myths for the good of mankind, and was blown away by the reality (and humor) of this quote: Gone is the view of humans as rational beings who make decisions based on logical reasoning. Embrace instead humans as they are, turning to intuition when too tired … Continue reading This may be the best UX quote I have ever read

The pre-processor isn’t the problem with your CSS👉

There has been a lot of bashing on pre-processors lately, and rightfully so. Sort of. Certainly, these tools, such as SCSS and LESS, can result in excessive bloat and specificity issues in their generated CSS. Lyza Gardner struck the nail on the head in A List Apart this month: Pre-processors have a way of keeping us at arm’s … Continue reading The pre-processor isn’t the problem with your CSS