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The Basics

  • I am an introvert, but I thrive when making one-on-one connections. I live for it.
  • As a kid, my favorite subjects were math and art. That sums up my wiring nicely.
  • I’m passionate about my craft! I’ve been designing and building on the web for more than 20 years.

Values and Motivation

  • I follow my curiosity. I am motivated by learning and growth.
  • I am genuinely interested in people, and I also genuinely care. These two things have helped me tremendously in my career.
  • I think emotional intelligence is underrated in business.
  • Throughout my life, I’ve heard the advice: “Fake it until you make it”… But I would rather just be myself, even if that means being vulnerable.
  • I believe we exist to learn and grow through our experiences with others.

Working With Me

  • Slack is my go-to for communication.
  • If I’m quiet, I am probably still processing.
  • I do my best thinking in the morning.
  • I appreciate comedy. Share jokes and funny gifs please!
  • I am a visual learner. If I’m not understanding something, try to provide examples. If that fails, let’s get to a whiteboard and start drawing!
  • I plan my days around intentional blocks of focus time, so impromptu meetings can be a real productivity killer.
  • I prefer to be an individual contributor rather than a manager.
  • I am in the central time zone. Though I try to be accomodating, I am not always available after 5 p.m.

Design Philosophy

  • Design is about solving problems.
  • Often times, the best design is invisible. The outcome is what matters.
  • Being clear is better than being clever.
  • A simple, familiar design is often the most usable.
  • Every component, visual,  and word in a design should serve a purpose.
  • Remove friction and distractions.
  • Remove unnecessary elements or decorations.
  • Understand the user’s motivation, needs, values, and behavior.
  • Creating a useful and seamless design is more important than flexing your skills or creativity. It’s all about the user and their experience.

Additional Interests

  • Hiking, walking, being outside.
  • Photography and camera gear.
  • Writing.
  • Building websites and trying out new web tools. 🙂
  • Studying the teachings of the stoic philosophers, like Seneca and Marcus Aurelias. Ego is the enemy. Understanding you can’t control anything except your own reaction and response.

The Mediator, INFP

Agent Pattern on DISC

Strength Finder:
Strategic
Maximizer
Ideation
Individualization
Input

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