Get to know me:
When did you know you wanted to be a designer?
I have to say when I realized that my art could actually be used to improve an idea or an experience and not just make things look "pretty". I always enjoy helping people, making them smile, and feel good. Realizing later in life that I could actually do that with my creativity, I knew then I wanted to become a designer.
What is the biggest lesson you've learned as a designer?
Do not attach your emotions to your work. Desensitize yourself from critiques, you're not working for yourself. Design it to the best of your ability and ship it! When working with companies and with many characters, you're bound to hear enough criticism that would rub you the wrong way.
What is one thing that may surprise people when they get to know you?
I love extreme sports and I'm tough! haha. I love the challenges of sports and the adrenaline rush that it gives you when you're at a brink of possibly hurting yourself. I saw this video of a guy canoeing down a small narrow path with some water to soak the pave way. There were branches and debris smacking him left and right; he finally came to an end by slamming against the water and he survived! As soon as it ended, I said I want to do that.
Aside from design, what do you enjoy doing and why?
Running. It's such a great stress reliever and I feel so good after. Cooking, I love cooking for others and amazing them with great flavors and presentation. Watching funny animal videos, especial dogs and monkeys. I'm a huge fan of "TheDodo". If you haven't checked it out I highly recommend it, especially when you think you have it bad, just watch two to three videos and I assure you you'll at least smile for the moment.
What advice would you give young designers?
Treat every day as if it's the first day of being an employee at the company. Pick up the book Creative Strategy and the Business of Design; it'll help you understand the relationship between business and design. Lastly, smell good and dress well.
What is your ideal team to work with?
Those who work hard and love the company they work for. The culture is everything to me. If I work with people who are happy and diligent in improving a product or experience, I'm a happy camper. I don't need beer on tap or a ping pong table, just good people and a great product or service.