data / design in Boulder, CO
I was a data analyst.
I was good at it, too. I love data because it helps us to understand the truth in the world around us. I could have analyzed data and delivered reports for my whole life and it would have been…y’know…fine, but after a few rounds of battling context loss as my reports went up the chain of command, I realized that in order for these numbers to retain meaning, I needed to create tools to empower others to truly champion their own insights.
As many folks do, I got my start in software by automating my job, specifically building self-service tools for stakeholders. Along the way, I started reading about the UX process and practicing design outside of work via online classes and code for america brigade projects. I quickly decided that after my dashboard project was over, what I needed to do was pivot my career, get formally trained in design, and start on my path toward designing data experiences for users.
My first design job had me mostly researching and creating and testing prototypes. I learned the value of and became a champion of the harmony of quantitative and qualitative research. I deepened my skills in prototyping and realized there is value in doing it all.
Now, I am a designer. I frame problems with research and testing, and create and optimize solutions with iterative, agile methods.
When I’m not doing tech stuff, I like to drink coffee, play yahtzee, and sing karaoke, but I also enjoy a fair amount of slacklining, climbing, yoga, and sleeping in tents.