My love for design started when I was in high school at West Jordan High in the early 2000’s. I took a basic art class I needed in order to graduate and found an old Mac that had Adobe Photoshop on it. From there I started tinkering, and by the end of the year, I had designed all of my graduating class’s materials, including a 15-foot banner to be displayed on stage as graduates received their diplomas.
After graduating and serving an LDS mission to Missouri I decided I wanted to be a Pharmacist. I began studying the basics of chemistry and prepared to apply to Pharmacy schools. As I went down this road I discovered that it just wasn’t the best fit for me personally. While trying to figure out what would be a good career path I worked at various places until I ended up at a small startup company doing customer service. Little did I know how much this job would impact my life and bring me back to what I truly loved.
As that startup grew my position with the company grew as well. The CEO and VP of Product Design approached me and asked if I would be interested in a full-time User Research position that had just been created. I jumped at the opportunity to learn a new skill and worked on several cross-functional teams designated with the tasks of building and designing an online marketplace, redesigning the home page, and making an easily readable dashboard portal for returning customers. I handled both quantitative and qualitative research, everything from calling customers to scheduling and conducting interviews to the design of personas and A/B testing wireframes. It was a learn fast and adapt or die environment and I loved it.
From there I worked at some very amazing companies but I felt that I was missing a formal background and needed to educate myself in more areas of UX Design. In the spring of 2017, I injured my back to the point of needing surgery.
I had LOTS of downtimes while recovering and decided to take a couple of online boot camps, I taught myself HTML and CSS, built my webpage using what I had learned and made the decision to enroll in DevMountain’s UX immersive course in the fall of that same year.
My road to getting here has been anything but normal, but it has been exciting! I love telling stories and I look forward to helping you tell your company’s story through AMAZING UX Design!