About Me

Who am I?

I was about to further my B.S. in psychology when I realized I was more passionate about CSS than SPSS and I instead applied to the Digital Design program at The University of Cincinnati's DAAP program. I spent the next five years learning how to marry my love of testing with the design language.

What do I do?

For the past two years I have been employed as a Digital Experience Designer at jcpenney, helping to build the future of mobile commerce. My primary focus is on updating current systems for placement on our Associate-facing iOS devices, but I also design future-looking customer facing applications.

Where have I been?

My first internship was at the Cincinnati-based KGB Advertising, where I was responsible for creating B2B marketing sites. I then went to Luxurious Animals in NYC and got a taste of the hectic world of 3D & Motion. Before becoming an employee, I interned at jcpenney working on their in-store digital shopping experience.

My Work

Current Work

Where have all my hours gone?

In my current role as a Digital Experience Designer at jcpenney, I get to work on a wide array of amazing projects for future-looking concepts to implement in the stores. These concepts utilize existing and next generation technology to assist the Associates in their daily activities. Unfortunately, since the majority of these concepts are in various stages of planning, I am not able to post them to my portfolio since they are considered competitive advantage. I would love to be able to highlight the work I am doing in the realms of mobile assisted stuff, video stuff, and other stuff, but posting those projects online wouldn't end well for me.

Hopefully as these projects get implemented I will be able to highlight them and begin to fill in the void of roughly three years of work.

jcp internal app icons

One of the most challenging parts of designing applications in a corporate environment is working through the look of the icons for the apps. Not only do the icons need to feel like they belong inside of a larger brand portfolio, but there is extra attention paid to how people of differing technology backgrounds interpret the app.

Above you will find icons for an app that controls televised training videos and an icon for the Fine Jewelry's Diamond Vault listings.

Pitter: An Android Patter app

I can't build it, but I know what it should look like

Recently I have become enamored with App.net, and I am especially a fan of Patter, the IRC-esque service built on top of it. While there were a few iOS options for accessing Patter chat rooms on mobile devices, the Android market was sorely lacking. I decided instead of bemoaning not having an app I wanted, I should at least flesh out a full design. Best case scenario: A developer would work from my screens to make the app. Worst case scenario: I'd have to learn Java and how to access an API to build it myself

Zoo Environment Redesign

Bats & Aardvarks? Yes please!

This school assignment required us to visit the Cincinnati Zoo and find an aspect of the zoo that needed a redesign. The decision was to be based around our observations of the visitors to the zoo, survey data collected during the visit, and our personal experiences. After developing user profiles for a primary and secondary user, we worked through various solutions to try and bring forth a positive user experience while keeping the needs of the animals in mind.

Medical Equipment Repair Instructons

Building a visual system to help a developing nation

Duke University has developed an instructional course to be deployed in developing nations to assist in the repair of broken medical equipment. Most developing nations receive donated medical equipment, and the cost to send out a repair technician is as high as purchasing a new piece of equipment. After conducting some studies, it was found that over 70% of the broken equipment could be repaired by following simple steps.

Our Design Ideation class partnered with Duke University to transform the written instructions, which required the user to understand English which was written from an engineering perspective, in to visual instructions. Not only would the visual instructions be more understandable, but they would require less paper to distribute, which would cut down on the cost for the students.

Adobe Open Screen Project

3D, Motion Matching, and lots of coffee

One of the first projects I worked on at Luxurious Animals was this spot for the Adobe Open Screen Project. I touched a bit of everything on this project, from creating 3D assets, motion matching, particle system generation, and rotoscoping.