Process of refinement to understand what will be designed.
When stepping into any project I drop a ton of knowledge into the project. Research can be anything from reading literature that surrounds the problem or conducting design research methods to understand the user.
With all the information gathered, this step creates the outline in preparation to “make”. I have learned a variety of techniques, which allows me to develop a strong visual of the problem or process for the end result.
Now time to hit the computer and start working my little magic. This means turning paper concepts into digital images. Multiple sketched versions occur then moving on to create the final polished design.
Revisions, revisions, revisions! Making fixes to problems that will happen throughout the project. Making any necessary changes from feedback.
Who does not like to celebrate when reaching the finished line. A reward any size makes the work that more rewarding.
My design journey started at the University of New Mexico majoring in print journalism. My passion of a good story sealed the deal to become a journalist. I knew the way in which I crafted words could connect with someone and change their life. A daydreamer, asking questions are my strengths, which take on visual qualities. Questions such as, how can the words I create be more effective than mere print. Part of the answer for that question was to move across the United States to attend Maryland Institute of College Art’s Post-Bacc graphic design program in Baltimore.
MICA taught me the foundations of designing. The program increased my skills in typography, process, professional practices and design. Concentration in studio design exposed me to critical thinking and visualization of things around me. What excite me about design are the opportunities it offers to change peoples lives. Now, attending North Carolina State’s Master program, I can combine my passion for a good story with design and research. NCSU's program teaches the mastery of design research and theory universally. My goal is to offer my clients or an organization non-traditional solution to their thinking to create meaningful life moments with design. Understanding technology and design trends help me create the user experience beyond their desired results. An example is my thesis which investigates how technology and serious play can be used by college males to encourages positive eating behavior changes.
Have relocated from Raleigh, NC to Dallas, TX working as a UX designer. Will always be a NC State Wolfpack!