designing the human experience
The impact of recent technological innovations on our lives has been well documented, from watches that alert you to exercise, to virtual reality devices, to self-driving cars, and many more to come. However, what often gets overlooked amidst the excitement is the existential purpose behind this increasingly digital world: people.
Our emotions are what differentiate us from machines and your "smart whatevers." They're what allow us to enjoy a summer picnic with our friends, and they're what make us cranky after a stressful day at work. If we're going to have more and more tech in our lives, shouldn't it feel human?
And that's why I strive to make digital human, by designing a digital world built for the people, by the people.
It is a daunting endeavor for sure. But combine empathy (to identify the human need behind a problem), a design strategy (to build a plan to solve it), and a strong team (to execute the plan), and you get a recipe for successful innovation.
I received my Master's in Human-Computer Interaction (MHCI) from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and a liberal arts undergraduate education in Economics at the University of Virginia (#HoosRising).
During my undergraduate years at the University of Virginia, I developed a holistic view and understanding of various schools of thought. I was especially interested in behavioral economics and the dynamics between consumer demand and business strategy. Together, they helped me empathize and understand what makes people and organizations tick.
Once I arrived at CMU's campus, I gathered tools for my designer's toolkit and adopted "design thinking." Ever since, I've begun to look the world around us in a design-focused lens and challenged myself with the excitingly ambitious task of innovating for people like you and me.
During my free time, you will most likely find me watching sports with my friends, traveling home to DC to spend time with my family, or getting lost in the Concrete Jungle with my camera (in fact, I took most of the photos on this page). In the winter time, you can find me on the slopes snowboarding.
I'm always happy to chat over some brew (coffee or beer both welcome).