a UX & Product Designer working in digital corporate communications
Make modern digital experiences
so employees get work done and have fun.
Born & Raised in Houston, Texas
Son of a computer programmer for NASA and a masterful pianist and music teacher
Art + Tech
I completed my formal education in Houston as well
University of Houston Class of 2003
My love for drawing attracted me to a career in design.
"I was drawn to UX design work because of the mix of tech, creativity & psychology."
...are more motivating than goals.
…In 2015 during the experience of working on our digital transformation I discovered the more blended approach of UX Design and product design and I have studied and practiced ever since.
Work Strengths a profile of my desired team role
Lifetime learner these are some books, blogs and learning experiences that have influenced me
Sumo Business Blueprint
8 hours online video course for entrepreneurs about how to come up with ideas and rapidly validate them for their business potential. Very closely related to Tim Ferris's "Four Hour Work Week" model.
Online Course & Book
Octalysis: Actionable Gamification
Completed a12-hour audiobook and a 2-hour video course both hosted by the author, Yu-kai Chou. The Octalysis model provides an actionable guide for using human-focused design approach to integrating game elements in solving user problems.
Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg
Five-hour audiobook which details a practical exploration of behavioral design. I studied the supplemental models for building habits and participated in the his 5 day "Tiny Habits" coaching program.
Blog/ eBook/ Tool
Mayura provides innovative actionable guidance on Eric Reis's "The Lean Startup", in his eBook "Running Lean". The Lean Canvas is a website where you can practice business model innovation, and his blog encourage the key attitudes of UX. (www.lovetheproblem.com)
NN/g Seminar - Dec. 2019
I completed 5 days (40 hours) of study in professional UX skill development in Las Vegas during the winter of 2019. I earned a professional certification from the most reputable organization on User Experience design and Intranets.
IDEO Design Thinking Course by Acumen Academy
I studied the IDEO Design thinking model working through a 2-week course on using Design Thinking to apply to social entrepreneurship. The course was a project based course where I created a solution for "Commuter Blues".
Product People by Justin Jackson
The podcast which is available on iTunes describes the process of building a product from problem discovery. I really connect with Justin Jackson, the host, because of his attitudes towards bootstrapping and interviewing other entrepreneurs.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
A 13-hour audiobook about how to upturn the typical corporate life experience and use "Lifestyle Design" to change everything about your lifestyle. I read the book in 2011 and was immediately hooked to lifestyle design. Learning new ways to apply design was evolutionary in my career aspirations.