About This Designer

 

Give your eccentricities
room to breath!

I'm a designer. I'm a singer. I live in the gold-rush town of San Francisco, where I've found a way to make my double life work. I stay busy with (perhaps) too many creative projects and (nearly) zero complaints. 

I love to actualize big ideas with design. I was the first employee and designer for the education platform, MasterClass. Launching in May 2015, masterclass.com is the premiere online destination to learn from the world's greatest talents—learn tennis from Serena Williams, acting from Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman, and performance from Usher and Christina Aguilera. Now I'm working helping other start-ups (and a few fully-started companies) develop their design languages. If you've got a project that could use my design help, please be in touch!

Prior to joining MasterClass, I worked for several start-ups including the how-to app, Snapguide, as both a product manager and designer. Before catching the start-up bug, I spent three inspiring years as part of the YouTube user experience team. A highlight of my career was leading design on YouTube's first major visual refresh project in the site's 7-year history.

I started my design career as a design consultant at Cooper and Mule Design, designing interfaces for everything from medical devices to online political publications to the infographics for the interaction design handbook, About Face 3

I also spent 5 years as the art director of The Disposable Film Festival, an international festival celebrating cinema made possible by low-cost technology.  

I've really enjoyed speaking about design over the past few years. I just gave the opening talk at Pixel Up in South Africa! I've given design talks at Toronto's NxNE interactive, Warm Gun Conference on Measurable Design, and SxSW's Next Stage and TEDxUtrecht. 

On the harmonious front, my musical husband and I recently pulled off the crrrrraziest creative project—we wrote an all-original rock-opera wedding. Check out the fanfare! I spend most of my non-designing hours working on music! Check out Love, Jerks and you will understand. 

I started in the Bay Area music scene in 2007 as part of the indie pop band, My First Earthquake. I then spent three years as the war-painted front-woman in the rock band, Happy Fangs. You can hear my complete discography and see all my music videos on this very site! 

I'm the daughter of a Scrabble-loving psychologist and a bird-photographing engineer. I'm a Pennsylvania girl at heart—born in Philadelphia and grown in the South Hills of Pittsburgh (gooooo Stillers!). At the ripe age of 5, my parents supported my decision to become a vegetarian! Still am! I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in communication design with a minor in creative writing.

I've recently become extra-fascinated with how we share wisdom with each other. You can read more about that on Medium. If you'd like to share some wise words, please reach out!