She believes smart engineering and thoughtful design can make technology invisible. She's most excited about communication platforms that get out of the way and help people talk and do things together.Her work has always been about people. She's a trained journalist and has methodologically studied classical music and improv theater. Ask her about designers in agile, Silicon Valley colonialism, and projection mapping.
I travel for research, design and the Self to help me think about for whom we're making things.
Most actual product design is hidden behind a wall of NDA stuff. Just pop me a note if you want to see.
With two counterparts in Tokyo, I hosted an activity-based conference for people into underground art, techno, startups. Our full-week conference brought creatives from two likely cities together to prototype, do ethnographic research, see Tokyo behind a new lense and go to the Labyrinth Music Festival. We brought much-needed energy to the Tokyo startup scene and inspiration to the visitors to make their home cities better.
This data visualization installation was made with Kyle Conroy using data and processing to show calls being made on Twilio. The length of each line represents one phone call being made on Twilio in that moment. The installation was showcased at our annual conference, Twiliocon in 2012.
OmGenie is a simple sms app inspired by a 2-person meditation exercise where one person asks for what they want and the other says " you can have it" and affirms the desire. Text (415) 683 7914 and try it out.
This meditation app might help you:
Year after year, HCId Master's students had consistent questions about their professional identity as interaction designers. Classmate, Wes Michaels, and I designed a response for our peers. Through research and interviews with alums, professionals, IU staff, faculty and of course students, we learned what questions our peers had and a baseline way answer the question.
The book is now endorsed and hosted by Indiana University and distributed to incoming HCI Master's students.
This beautiful city of Berlin is donned the title 'electronic music capital of the world' by many. And though its music is often described as minimal and mathematical it is also designed fully with emotion. In that same spirit I designed this book with quotes from local DJs and photos from partygoers to celebrate the beautiful city and its music.
I made these postcards on the Indiana Unversity letterpress. I inked, rolled and cut the cards by hand. Both many of my friends and myself, frequent travelers, for one reason or another had to put countless backpacking trips on hold. I made and sent these postcards to remind them adventure is everywhere.
Drop me a line with your address and I'll mail you a card :)
During the second and final year of graduate school I worked on a research and design project related to news, design and storytelling. I created a platform and UI called Newskite, to engage people around the world about major global current affairs. This project helps understand what people are hearing in our connected but disjointed world. What are people in Peru hearing about the earthquake in Japan? How is did the Arab Spring affect how people in China thought about policy? Newskite brings those answers.
Music Book Club is a monthly gathering I coordinate. For each event, I change the theme, attendees and member who hosts. A group of six friends, assembled into teams of two, assigned by me, bring an electronic dance music track, a dish and a drink for music listening and discussion.
This recurring event creates a thoughtful, small-group listening experience for a community that would otherwise exists in loud clubs or online. It is a Silhouette production.