As a side job when I was still attending Cal Poly as a Graphic Communications major on the beautiful central coast, I worked in the College of Science and Math IT department, troubleshooting students/professor’s software and hardware. Day in and day out the same questions kept on coming up over and over, I would hear what people were trying to do and see how they were trying to do it. After CalPoly I was in and out of school pursuing other degrees like marketing and business. It wasn’t until a few years ago after watching Ready Player One that I knew that I wanted to use my design brain to tackle new interactions in this new virtual space.
Fast forward to now, after using various machine learning/AI services I have realized that I want to spend my career as a UX Researcher interrogating automated decision making. When I am not working, I take my camera to document just how diverse and beautiful our planet is. I have come to realize that "Designing a thing is not enough". I like to get into the nitty-gritty details of the research behind the design choices.
I have never been a clock-on, clock-off type of person. I have terrible "work-life balance", but I don't feel that actually matters. I make sure that my work aligns with my life goals and passions. Here is a curated list of "side" projects.
UX Consultant / That Tech Guy
Ramblings of a Designer Podcast - Episode 125 (5.12.21)
CNET - Coronavirus has highlighted design for good aging (9.28.20)
Los Angeles Daily News - How to create home design solutions to address the challenges of a pandemic (6.25.20)
ArtCenter News - Students score grants and internship offers at San Diego hackathon (11.25.19)
Graduation with Distinction (1 of 13 awardees, GPA of 3.89) @ ArtCenter College of Design
User Experience Research Fellowship @ ArtCenter X Cedars-Sinai 2021
Excellence in Art @ EA Rose Valley Jam 2020
"Best Use of Activ5 SDK" @ SD Hacks 2019
Student Leadership Education and Development Grant @ ArtCenter 2019
I am interested in the confluence of Artificial Intelligence, and human interaction. Let's connect especially if you are part of a social good non-profit. I work fully remote so am always open to video-coffee-chats and more!