My path into design was not direct; but full of detours, segues and quite a few u-turns. I spent the last ten years working as a cafe manager for a coffee company in Seattle, Washington. In this position, I learned an incredible amount about how to grow a business, how to coach successful employees and the ins and outs of effective marketing. I feel that my extensive experience as a customer service manager translates well into the field of UX, because the customer experience is at the root of what I do.
Solving problems is at the heart of UX. Fortunately, this is a skill that I developed while managing a high-volume cafe and then fine-tuned during my apprenticeship learning UX/UI design with Bloc.
Recently life has taken me on an incredible journey across the Atlantic, landing here in Europe; it has given me the opportunity to embrace a new life and sort of re-invent myself. I've spent this year devoting my time to UX/UI design while gaining further inspiration travelling and exploring my new home. A nomadic lifestyle is important to me. I feel that travelling, experiencing new things and meeting new people is important in our ever-shrinking world; it fuels my inspiration and fills me with a daily sense of wonder.
When not travelling or studying, I spend my downtime in geeky pursuits, such as gaming (board games, PC, XbOne.. I'm not picky!), sci-fi/fantasy books, TV and movies (I could talk your ear off about Game of Thrones!). I also enjoy cycling, making and viewing art, photography and spending time with my dog, Rocky. The Best. Dog. Ever. I also love cooking and eating! I could eat Thai food all day, every day.
I'm seeking opportunities with a forward-thinking team of innovators that will allow me to continue to develop and grow as a designer while contributing to the success of the team as a whole. I bring to the table a passion for design with an impeccable attention to detail, as well as the following skillset: