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About Me

I am an optimist with an insatiable curiosity for creative process and quality user experience.

 

I am a trusted leader, best suited to small, independent, focused teams. My strength is in establishing and supporting the harmony between design, art, and brand so that users can have the best possible experience.

 

Skills

Practical: Creative/Art Direction, Product Design, UX/UI, Illustration, Animation, Rapid Prototyping, Marketing, Behavioral Science 

 

People: Team Building/Management, Mentoring, User Testing, Product Strategy, Presentation

 

Platforms: Mobile, Console, Desktop, Social

 

Programs: Adobe CC, Figma, Google apps

Honors

Game Developers Conference

2014 and 2017 | Speaker 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters

2006 to 2016 | Mentor 

 

Americorps

2008 to 2009 | Volunteer Art Teacher

 

DigiPen Summer Workshops Program

2006 to 2008 | 3D Animation Workshop Instructor

 

Career Highlights

Lead Product Designer

2017 to Present | Code.org

  • Work with PM's to create feasible solutions, detailed designs, and design rationale

  • Create prototypes and mock-ups

  • Sole artist/designer on a team of 60+

 

Lead Artist

2016 | WG Cells

  • Art Directed on World of Tanks: Heroes

  • Created art and assets for Smash Squad

  • Waged a one-man marketing campaign

Senior Artist

2009 to 2016 | PopCap Games

  • Led art on PvZ2 from inception through launch and into a successful live service

  • Nomintated to represent the team at BAFTA's

  • Won numerous internal Game Jams

  • Chosen for PopLabs, PopCap's internal R&D department responsible for new IP

  • Regarded as "the spirit" of PopCap

 

Lead Artist

2008 to 2009 | Robot Super Brain

  • Wore every hat on a four person team

  • Designed gameplay, UI, characters, and backgrounds

  • Animated characters and FX

 

Production Artist

2006 to 2009 | Nintendo Software Technology

  • Hired as UI intern, promoted to Concept Artist

  • Worked while going to school full time

  • Remade a game twice before it was canceled

 

Education

Bachelor of Fine Art and Production Animation

2008 | DigiPen Institute of Technology

  • Graduated with Honors, Valedictorian

  • Awarded Robert B. McMillen Scholarship

  • Student body Vice President