01    I AM CURIOUS

I am really curious. I ask a lot of questions, collecting and cataloging experiences, ideas, objects, patterns, ideas, interactions, and inspiration
in unexpected places––and I am willing to admit that my most fruitful inspiration is usually in the street. I will unapologetically photograph (and often collect) objects I find while wandering that I know will serve a purpose and inspire a project or palette sometime in the future.
 

When I first taught myself how to code, I made a website called the Lost & Not Found Library to catalog all of the things I find––and the things other people lose. 

I love thinking about surprising connections, and I am passionate about play, curiosity, good design, and pushing the possibilities and limits of an idea. I just want to have fun with it (that's when most of the good ideas happen). 

02  //  I AM A COMMUNICATOR

I am a communicator. I love collaborating, brainstorming, connecting
with people, and finding ways to push the boundaries of technology
when communicating ideas or brands. This was the starting point for my recent graduate capstone project, called Feelings Forecast. The project took an exciting turn when I began thinking about augmented reality, and using technology to work with 
pattern to bridge consumer connection. I began wondering how clothing customization and tech might interact, and how we might use emotion and technology as a design tool. In getting to know the company, I have learned that Mindgrub is very invested in the future of AR/VR––I also recognize that this is the future of interaction and connectivity, and am excited to find a company where I could continue growing, learning, and experimenting with that new technology. 
How can we use the vast amount
of technology at our fingertips
to innovate?
 
How can we bridge customization
and brand identity?
How can new technology strengthen the 
connection between a user and a brand? 

the Feelings Forecast exhibition 

An exhibition visitor

Broadside brand book

Hand-bound project process books 

Through research in trend forecasting, psychology, history, and cultural associations with shape and color, the Feelings Forecast project uses Processing (P3) programming software to create a custom pattern based on how someone is feeling in that very moment, using data from a series of questions. This project was an exciting way for me to think more broadly about user experience, and how to create a more personal connection in an application. I made prototypes of these patterns, and think that a tool like this could be used as a content creator in a variety of contexts from a marketing or brand standpoint. I am also currently playing with building in facial recognition software into the project to create an even more unique user experience.

A gif showing how the Feelings Forecast tool could be used as a branding tool for adidas with James Harden's custom pattern (along with some other things
he may be into.)

 

 

 

 

I am passionate about how technology and design interact, and where that interaction can create more connection for the client, brand, or user.

(Also, I just love finding ways to make people's lives easier through good design. 

HOW LOUD IS              TOO LOUD?

03  //  ENTHUSIASM IS MY SUPERPOWER

On a given day I experience an incredible range of emotions. I get very excited, very easily. Little things bring me an insane amount of joy. It can be anything: the color palette on a dump truck, connecting with stranger, new pens, parades, signage puns, weird things I find on the sidewalk, the perfect InDesign paragraph styles combo, dumplings.
 
This enthusiasm makes me constantly curious about the things around me––and I believe I continue to grow as a better designer by pulling from so many different sources of inspiration.

A pattern on a food wrapper in the street! 

 

 

I knew it.

 

 

Silkscreen / hand drawn type? Also, these COLORS.

Listening--REALLY listening––is the strategy worth pursuing most times. (Amazing ideas are hiding in
quiet people.)

 
Making mistakes quickly, and learning it the right way. 
 
Being an active learner, and asking questions. Then figuring it out already. People are busy.
 
Addressing a problem head-on, taking care of people, brainstorming, talking loudly and passionately.
 
Showing not telling. 
 
"The details are not the details. They make the design." Couldn't agree more, Charles! (Eames.)
Being thrown into a room full of strangers (friends)
that I don't know (yet).

 
Identical twins (I am one).
 
Public speaking. 
 
Temporary tattoos (I once helped build a pop-up shop).
 
Outer space (I thought I wanted to be an astronomer).
 
 
I have been on the lookout for a team where I can contribute meaningful work through design, technology, and connection. I have been fortunate to have glimpsed the MindGrub culture through brief conversations with Vince Sharps and Todd Marks, and am inspired and excited to find a company that supports and values both cultural fit and skill-set. The Graphic Designer position would challenge me and give me the opportunity to jump right in and contribute to the team; encouraging and creating with a group of talented individuals, persisting until the work is just right, expanding possibilities in user experience, finding opportunities to continue learning, being open to inspiration in unexpected places, maintaining unbridled optimism with a healthy dose of reality, recognizing the value of play. 
 
I am passionate about design, finding innovative ways to communicate ideas, and continually taking steps on my own to learn, grow, stay curious, and challenge assumptions about what it means to create beautiful, meaningful work. I look forward to learning more about Mindgrub, the team, the culture, and about how I might best fit in to help contribute to creating the best work possible. I would be so excited for the opportunity to show more of my work and share more about why I believe I would be an asset to the Mindgrub team and community. 
thank you Mindgrub, for
so generously considering
my application!