Role: Graphic Designer
Art Director: Amanda Badgley
Environmental Design • Branding
Self described as “Super Nerds”, New Relic wanted their new offices in downtown Portland to reflect their geeky office culture. Using bright and vivid signage to navigate the space alongside various super hero themed graphics created a bold, vibrant and engaging collaborative work space.
Role: UX/ Visual Designer
UX • UI • Visual Design • Design Research • Analytics
Using natural language-based cognitive service that can provide instant access to powerful predictive and visual analytic tools for businesses, Watson Analytics is designed to make advanced and predictive analytics easy to acquire and use.
Many tools have been created to help users navigate through data focus primarily on advanced users data scientists or analysts predominantly focused on visualization. For IBM Watson Analytics, our users were those business professionals who were in the beginner to intermediate stages of exploring the how to put their data to use. How can we have WA help educated people to become better analysis, but not make it so overwhelming with information that the hesitate to do any type of exploration?
As a UX/Visual designer for this product, my job was to work with my team to make the product approachable, make it easy to navigate while encouraging exploration and not feeling overbearing or annoying.
Starting the process by further researching our user and understanding what products they use with/or instead of Watson Analytics, we were able to start sketching a product that was not only powerful in its ability to process data, but also easy to use.
Role: Graphic Designer
Art Director: Dan Zimmerman
Environmental Design • Branding • Photo Editing• Typography
During my internship at Big-Giant one of the most exciting projects I was assigned to was to help creating various layouts for Nikes Camp Victory, as part of the track and field Olympic trials in Eugene, OR. Located at Hayward Field, the birth place of the Nike brand, the pieces were created to celebrate the running community, the brand’s heritage of speed and it’s commitment to the future of sport.
Role: Designer and curator
Curating • Typography • Printmaking • Enviormental Design
Every March, South by South West Interactive (SXSW) takes over the city of Austin. Featuring five days of compelling panel sessions and parties led by the brightest minds in technology. IBM makes sure to have a strong presence every year, and this I was selected as part of a team to help create spaces that would showcase the culture with in our Design Studio. Specifically, I lead the design of the “Makers Wall”, which highlighted the print culture within the IBM Studios.
The goal was to curate a space that showcased the printmakers within all the studios internationally and locally, and highlight the diverse amount with work IBM designers create. We shared the space with the IBM Radio, which made a vibrant and engaging space, showing off the skills of the amazing designers at IBM.
Role: Graphic Designer
Art Director: Kathy Fry
Environmental Design • Branding • Infographics
Made while working as a Visual Designer at Mayer/Reed Urban Design Studios.
TriMet public transportation provides bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services in the metro area of Portland, Oregon. Mayer Reed has done much work with TriMet, but with the Keizer Transit Center was unique because of it’s location. Located in a somewhat rural and secluded part of the Portland outskirts, the Keizer stop served as a hub for people commuting into downtown Portland. Often wait times exceed 15-20 minutes. In an effort to help those waiting stay busy, to acknowledge that transit center was LEED approved and a water reuse center, and to encourage those waiting to walk around the center instead of just sitting and waiting, we created a series of small paths that included informational signage about the space.
With the simple preface of a photo and 3 fun facts about the person, Lesbians in Portland was created with the hope was to help broaden the amount of content available that asks what does it mean to be queer while also encourage conversation within the queer community.
After getting to document many faces and facts, we decided to dive a bit deeper into the story telling aspect and create a series of short 5 minute interviews.
Made in collaboration with LISF
Curating • Printmaterials • Branding
Afterhours is an opportunity for the creatives in Central Texas to do something they are passionate about outside the constraints of the nine-to-five grind. It's part individual creative expression, part curated poster show, and part non-profit fundraiser.
Every year we’ll choose a theme, partner with a local or national non-profit, gather talent via a call for entries, and ask designers to create a handmade original print inspired by that year’s theme.
Afterhours non profit partner this year was The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, and through poster sales, food and cash donations we were able to create a total of 9,862 meals for central Texans in need.
The amazing Afterhours Team:
Role: Design Lead
Visual Design • UX • Branding • Research
The IBM Analytic Solutions product family houses over 10 different products, each that offer their own unique solutions for users to make the most out of their data. While different, the products work together as a system and need to be cohesive.
To ensure that a consistent design language is applied across the product I was assigned to create a style guide for the Analytics Solutions product family. There was a style guide in place prior to beginning this project, however it was a pdf document that didn’t hold much value to both our design and development team. It had been edited and passed around which created a lack of consistency and it did not consider factors such as accessibly, designing for mobile and animation.
Knowing that we wanted an style guide that could easily be updated, that both design and development could find use in it, and could house real examples of how the products should look and feel my team and I set out to a create a style guide site.
We began with researching the 10+ teams to understand the needs of their products as well as get a better understanding of how to define the Analytics Solutions brand personality. Next we created a auditing process, which required designers a developers representatives from the various products teams to provide feedback for the elements we we’re placing in the guide before we posted them to the site.
Once on the site, the different elements were not static images but live coded into the site so that our teammates could interact with them and see how the look and feel of the elements should be. Underneath each element we provide designer notes as well as code, so our developers to have that code right at their hands instead of trying to recreate it.
The creation of this site was a huge success. Almost immediately we noticed that all the products were becoming more consistent, that design and development were able to work at a faster rate and that communication amongst the teams had drastically increased.
Role: Designer, Illustrator
Craft • Illustration • Building
Inspired by the clean simplicity of modern home architecture, Cameron and I crafted a white plexiglass + wood box that included an illustration of an abstract bird nest etched into it. To help highlight the contrast the of the plexiglass and the paneled wood, the interior had LED lights that could change color and transition speed through a remote control.
It was then auctioned off where proceeds went to help fund art and educational programs in Portland.
To further our understanding of effective design thinking and research based design, myself and five other designers signed up as a team to participated in OpenIDEO. After going through a learning program modeled on IDEO's human-centered design methodology, it was time to take what we had learned and put it into action.
Given the prompt, "How might parents in low income communities ensure children thrive in their first five years?", our team began researching, iterating and understanding what is it our users (low-income children under the age of 5) need to succeed?
Our research lead us to focus on the parents of these children, because a happy parent means a happy child. In lower income households often are made up of single parent households.
Usually single mothers, we found that overwhelmingly there is little to no peer support for these women which often causes high drop out rates. Mom2mom looks to solve that through a unique peer mentorship program that offers a safe place and support.
A co-founded mentorship program for under-privileged mothers of children aged 0-5 years old, who are attending college, Mom2Mom pairs these women with Mentors who were in similar situations at one point. The mentors provide them not only insights on how to navigate parenthood, a work-life balence and how to complete college but also provides friendship and support.
We are working directly with The Jeremiah Program.
Check out our research at OpenIDEO.