My Story

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I was raised by two professional pianists.

As a child I spent any time I could in KidPix on my dad's black & white Mac Classic. Even in my teens the house didn't have internet, so I would ride my bike to the library with my brother. There we would load up flash drives with open source software and trials - Paint.net, Notepad++, Macromedia Flash... some of you are nerding out with me right now. I chose not to finish calculus and chemistry, instead dropping out of high school to get a job in design.

2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
Current
First UX Job
First Business
Sr. UX Designer
Married!
Freelancing

Experience with the universe

Whether it be traveling, space exploration, science, or another avenue, people are always showing an interest in the world we inhabit. Entertainment distracts our focus from real life, causing some people to miss out on actual experiences.

Peace with the unseen

There's an innate desire to know God and experience spiritual peace. Attempting to negate the need for God, some people pursue power.

Relationships with people

We need to know people we can enjoy and communicate with. The alternative is the pursuit of fame, which seems like closeness to people but there's no individual connection.

Philosophy

I think everyone alive wants the same three things.

Peace with the unseen

We need to know people we can enjoy and communicate with. The alternative is the pursuit of fame, which seems like closeness to people but there's no individual connection.

Relationships with people

There's an innate desire to know God and experience spiritual peace. Attempting to negate the need for God, some people pursue power.

Experience with the universe

Whether it be traveling, space exploration, science, or another avenue, people are always showing an interest in the world we inhabit. Entertainment distracts our focus from real life, causing some people to miss out on actual experiences.

Values

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Ignoring the marketing and paparazzi of pop culture and social media in favor of sincere human interaction

I'm so tired of everything fake. I'm tired of people on social media marketing and sharing things that distract from real relationships. I wish people were genuine enough to both care for each other and be vulnerable with each other. I choose to ask questions that show interest in people's thoughts & feelings, and I choose to remember your name. And when interact with me, I try to be in the moment and true to who I am.

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Minimizing automated interruptions to maximize human interactions
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Listening to understand rather than hearing to respond
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Being genuine about what I say and do, but accepting feedback for growth
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A Eulogy for Social Interaction

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Allowing the inherent beauty of the universe to inspire wonderful design

"Inspired by inherent beauty" - that used to be my personal motto. It means that I search for laws that nature to define patterns that supersede era, culture, and trends. I believe the earth is full of these, but learning how to translate them to design is a growth process.

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Finding inspiration daily from nature and people more talented than me
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Seeking to design artistic experiences and expressions into my work
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Exploring the laws of nature to find inherently beautiful patterns
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Welcoming people to take part in my time, home, and life

Preparing dinner for guests you've invited into your home is a special experience for you and your guests. But a lifestyle of generous hospitality is an area of life that Western culture (in my experience) has largely forgotten about. In visiting South Africa and hearing other people's stories from abroad I've learned of the value many cultures place on hospitality regardless of wealth or convenience. Maybe I can integrate this more into my own life.

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Opening my schedule for planned or spontaneous time with people
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Generously sharing my income, not just with organizations but with individuals in my life
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Inviting people to enjoy time, food, and an overnight stay at my home

Let's meet.

It would be so cool to meet you! You don't have to have a project or specific objective - let's just do something together.
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