Design Systems · A11y · Notion
I believe that values are the greatest tool to have when approaching a difficult decision, especially while working in groups. Values provide a shared, agreed-upon platform, upon which to weigh options, and to decide whether to take up a particular challenge.
I believe in those listed below, at minimum. I use these to govern my actions, evaluate work opportunities, and to set expectations for any environment in which I find myself.
- designer. developer.
- Professional skills
- Work history
- Principal Designer - Design Systems
- Principal Design Engineer
- Product Technologist / Design & Design System Lead
- Design Technologist / Digital Accessibility Expert
- Sr. Product Designer
- Principal Designer
- Software Developer / Analyst
- Digital Web Consultant
- Support Technician
- Producer / Designer
- Notable projects
- Portfolio deck
I believe strongly in empowering a team to approach a problem with solutions of their own design, rather than edicts “from above.”
Leaders work most effectively as a representative voice, rather than a dictator.
Relying on solitary work to measure competence or expertise motivates isolationist behavior.
Prioritize and reward working across teams, within the team, and with transparency.
Create opportunities for those at a disadvantage.
Make space for emotions- humans aren't machines and will behave differently from day-to- day.
CSS · HTML
Chromatic · Storybook
JS · React · Gatsby
npm · git
GitHub · Abstract
Adobe Suite · Figma
Sketch · Affinity Designer
Zeplin · Invision · Principle
UI / UX / Product Design
Design Operations & Technology
Mixed-discipline team management
Public speaking (>200)
Justice & Inclusion
Issued May 31, 2022
2021 – 2022
Western Michigan University
BA, English – Creative Writing
2002 – 2006
Principal Designer - Design Systems
Hudl | 2023 – Current
Principal Design Engineer
Established a culture of central review & metrics on design activities. Coordinated a migration and reorganization of information architecture on internal documentation.
Owner of internal Design System.
Strategic and People manager for Design team.
SimSpace | 2022 – 2023
Product Technologist / Design & Design System Lead
FireHydrant | 2021
Responsible for bringing to life a React-based design system, leveraging modern libraries, allowing us to build a fully functional and adaptive system designed for growth in an accelerated timeline, increasing developer and designer ergonomics, productivity, and providing a source of consistency in the product surface area.
Technical lead and architect; responsible for releases and testing; designed governance and contribution model; worked equally with Designers and Developers on both system solutions and designed artifacts.
People manager for the Design team; Lead for Design System team.
Design Technologist / Digital Accessibility Expert
Indeed | 2018 – 2021
Principal architect for composable, theme-able, React-based, CSS-in-JS Design System for global deployment. (12-person team)
Responsible for design advocacy in technical conversations and developer advocacy during design decision making conversations. Fluently communicate between disciplines and ensure that both "sides of the house" are properly represented to all stake-holders.
Accessibility expert for Design System components & architecture; a11y consultant for external product and engineering teams to ensure WCAG 2.1 compliance.
Equity ambassador working closely with Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DI&B) to bring psychological safety to the team, and to facilitate difficult topical conversation.
Sr. Product Designer
RetailMeNot | 2014 – 2018
Design lead and front-end engineer for Labs team, charged with experimenting with new revenue streams, product lines, and acquisition targets. (10-person team).
Directly responsible for 600% growth on Travel category product vertical; product entities which constitute over 30% of total yearly revenue.
Significant social (public speaking) presence within the company and external; host to many internal all hands’; co-organizer of Refresh Austin local meetup.
TabbedOut | 2013 – 2014
Design and Creative lead for all product, marketing, and branding assets. Directly responsible for entire mobile app redesign; creation and launch of bespoke CRM/ Loyalty program. (4-person team)
Software Developer / Analyst
The University of Texas at Austin | 2012 – 2013
Digital Web Consultant
Jonathan Paul Eyewear | 2011 – 2012
HostGator | 2010 – 2011
Producer / Designer
UGOBE Life Forms | 2006 – 2009
GitHub - firehydrant/design-system: FireHydrant flavored React component library, built using Chakra UI
FireHydrant flavored React component library, built using Chakra UI, and acustom theme layer. The package is registered on GitHub's package registry, added via .npmrc Access to this registry requires authentication with GitHub tokens. These tokens are private and should not be committed to any project, accessed instead via environment variable.
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