Perspective

Improv comic. Producer of Things. Designer.

Synthesizing research into a user journey

Synthesizing research into a user journey

I’m a lifelong learner

who designs education programs, cooks 8-hour pasta sauces, and reads three books simultaneously.

I work to give others

permission to be creative and produce better relationships between each other and our environment.





On Designing for Good

“Good” has become a marketing tactic. While enterprise businesses bring tech innovation, they don’t typically strive for positive social impact. In the coming decades, this is where interaction design can truly do “good” work— by integrating with education, public health, and civic institutions.

Field research with users is a key element of effective design

Field research with users is a key element of effective design

We can do ‘good’ by: 

  • Training the public sector on prototyping and ideation

  • Utilizing Liberating Structures to empower all communities to have a place at the table

  • Communicating the interrelation of physical, mental, and spiritual health



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Austin Center for Design

I’m a graduate of the 9th cohort of Austin Center for Design (AC4D). Founded by Jon Kolko, renowned designer, author, and teacher.

Outside the Austin Center for Design studio upon graduation

Outside the Austin Center for Design studio upon graduation

AC4D provided me with a:

  • Rigorous, collaborative design process that furthered my existing leadership skills

  • Disciplined framework to conduct research and test products and services

  • Visualization skills to sketch, map, and wireframe prototypes quickly


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Performing at FunFunFun Fest 2015

Performing at FunFunFun Fest 2015

Why Improv Comedy Matters

I was rapid prototyping long before design when I founded AP Comedy, a youth improv program.

Great improv and great design both require:

  • Quick idea generation and execution

  • Reliable teammates who can iterate and critique work respectfully

  • Adaptation to an existing environment

  • Comfort with ambiguity and abductive reasoning (reasoning that generates hypotheses)

  • Ability to perform publicly, under pressure


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Leadership & Storytelling

As a leader I’ve led award-winning education programs, hired creative teams, and presented in front of thousands. For effective communication and leadership, telling stories is critical.

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My leadership style:

  • Communicate with people where they’re at

  • Direct, compassionate critique

  • Practice storytelling structures like the Hero’s Journey

  • Prioritize outcomes without compromising meaningful discussion

  • Allow individuals to take the initiative, and grow into a strong process


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