Focusing on the user, one problem at a time
Hi! I’m currently a product design manager at Microsoft, building and growing the design team here in Silicon Valley.
Every day I work closely with my design team, product managers, stakeholders, and engineering teams to design useful and usable products to advance Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We recently shipped two new products for Microsoft: Outlook Customer Manager, and Microsoft StaffHub.
I fight for the user, continuously striving to inspire empathy and the creation of meaningful applications and interactions. I love to bring my team members together and go through design explorations, incorporating them in the design process. I’ve found this type of collaboration is the best path to create innovative solutions that solve not-so-obvious problems.
When I’m not designing I enjoy teaching others who are interested in design through the meetup group Designer’s Hearth Mountain View that I help organize. Or you can find me climbing at the local Planet Granite climbing gym.
Case studies are invaluable for both you and I.
For starters, you learn about my (and my team's) process. For me, it gives me time for reflection so that I can do better in the future. Win-win. Check 'em out here:
Ah, my writing.
I typically write about interaction design patterns, specifically problems I come across day-to-day, and tips for approaching those problems if you find yourself staring them down. Here's a few recent thoughts:
In the past year I’ve reviewed over a hundred portfolios, mostly for “Visual Design” and “Interaction Design” positions on my team. After reviewing so many portfolios, you begin to see patterns....
As an interaction designer, I need a prototyping tool that helps bring my designs to life. Functioning protoypes help inform design unlike sketches or hand-waving can. I share these prototypes...
Where can you find me on the web?
I'm a terrible Twitterer, but I try my best over at @brim. If you're looking for my professional stuff, you might want to try LinkedIn, or catch small bits of my visual work on Dribbble. You can find my adventures (cooking, rock clibming, lots of coffee, and beach-goings) over on Instagram.
If email is your cup of tea, send me a message here; but be warned: Inbox Zero is not a common place for me.
Want to embarass me? Check out V4 or V2 (who knows where V3 and V1 disappeared to) ♥