I've made a life out of thinking (sometimes a bit too hard) about how people come together and connect in the physical and digital worlds around them.
Summarizing myself through things I've heard, read, felt and obviously thought too much about, would look a bit like...
Soulful. Electric. Nerdy.
"You have to be twice as good..."
– Mom, 2010
July 2020 - Present
Product Designer @ Duolingo
May 2019 - August 2019
UX Design Intern @ Google
May 2017 - May 2018
April 2016 - May 2018
"There will be mountains you won't move. Still I'll always be there for you"
- Godspeed by Frank Ocean
Music moves you, and it moves you — enough said. This is the current soundtrack to my life.
"We are family,
Performing with my team @ LipSync
For 3 years, I was the president of an organization responsible for crafting memorable experiences for students. Some of my highlights include putting on (and choreographing) a fashion show, staging a campus wide carnival, and making tons of embarrassing videos I will never live down.
I loved seeing people make memories, but my favorite times were making memories with my team. Each one made me a better person, leader, and friend.
"You're a big brother now!"
- Dad, circa 1998
Being the eldest of 6 boys taught me discipline, leadership and all that jazz, but it most importantly taught me the importance of listening, playfulness, and how not to take myself too seriously.
“Sucking at something is the
first step to being sorta good at something.”
– Jake the Dog, 2010
You're never too old to watch cartoons, no matter what they tell ya! I have been inspired countless times by the stories, the visual styles, the problem solving, the character development, and the (sometimes) utter chaos that goes on in cartoons.
What I've been watching
"...You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all."
– Junot Diaz
Look at this gem, it's long, but it's hella important.
I aspire to create a world where everyone feels heard, is inspired, and feels represented by the worlds around them.
As a designer, my vibe is being research driven and scrappy because the best type of design is immersed in the culture (down to the smallest human) and isn't afraid to get a bit dirty.
Some Selected Projects
"Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change"
- Brené Brown
The greatest part about being a military kid is our sense of adaptability.