I love to build things. From wedding dresses to websites, I’ve created a lot of things I’m proud of over the years. To me, design is about solutions to problems; whether the constraints are aesthetic, monetary, browser-based or temporal, good designers provide solutions to real-world problems. My perspective has broadened over time, based on a number of different career paths. Management, education, product development, print design, custom clothing, and freelance web development are all facets of my experience.
Computer programming has been an interest of mine since the early 1980’s. I was lucky enough to have learned LOGO on an Apple 2c at a Montessori school. In junior high I could often be found downloading programs from BBS to a cassette tape drive attached to my Commodore 64. My love for technology continued until an interest in all things theatrical developed during high school. I ended up in Chicago at a conservatory program for costume design. My Chicago years were creatively inspiring, and financially barren after I was thrown out of school because my financial aid application was denied midway through my sophomore year. I returned to Dallas, intent on getting a college degree, and graduated from the University of North Texas in 2001 with a B.F.A. in Fashion Design.
Early in 2005 I purchased a 17″ PowerBook, and became an OS X convert immediately. Over the course of the next several years I reacquainted myself with technology. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign became tools that added value for my employers. During this time I worked as a senior manager at a popular restaurant in Dallas, and in 2005 forayed into web development. Since then I have pushed the boundaries of my job descriptions to include technology whenever possible.
Currently I’m experimenting with new technologies and frameworks. I’m playing in Swift with an iOS application that has a Ruby on Rails back end. I am exploring Django, Angular2 with Typescript, React with Redux, and functional programming. I envision a future working with a team of talented and experienced developers with whom I can extend my capabilities and experience in areas like test driven development and large scale applications.