Great design happens when the designer is a facilitator of the process, not the dictator of the solution.
Hello, I’m a UX and a Human-Centered designer experienced in the social, commercial, and academic sectors.
UX and human-centered design appealed to me because it embodies many elements of social innovation including empathy, a user-centric approach, and understanding the needs and motivations of others.
A great UX design happens when the solution is truly coming from, and for the users, not the designers. In my practice, a project is considered successful when the users feels the ownership and invest in the project. By empathetically engaging users and stakeholders in all stages of the process: need-finding, brainstorming, prototyping, and piloting, the outcome is a sustainable solution that will be embraced by the users and welcomed by the stakeholders.
- Fulbright Fellowship Semi-Finalist - Fulbright Program U.S.A. 2015
- Museum Permanent Collection Purchase Award - Cranbrook Art Museum 2015
- Kass Bradley Scholarship in Design – Knoll 2013
- Arkitektura-Andrew Fisher Scholarship – Cranbrook Academy of Art 2013
- Design and Scholarship Excellence Award – College of Design, University of Minnesota 2012
- A.I. Johnson Fellowship for Design for Public Services – Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota 2012
- Page Scholarship – Page Education Foundation 2009-12
- Jay Walter Tyson Memorial Scholarship – Assembly of Architects Minnesota 2011
- Member of the Golden Chapter – National Residence Hall Honorary 2011
- Dr. Nancy ‘Rusty’ Barceló Women’s Scholarship – University of Minnesota Women’s Center 2011
- Outstanding Scholar – President Distinguished Faculty Mentor Program, University of Minnesota 2009-11
- Community Advisor of the Year– Housing and Residential Life 2010
- McNamara Alumni Association Scholarship – University of Minnesota Alumni Association 2009
- Dorothy Ziebell Memorial Scholarship – Education Foundation of Bloomington 2009
- Kate Petit Scholarship – Bloomington Fine Arts Council 2009