About Me


Cyanide + Magenta. It’s an idea I had in design school that’s stuck with me over the last decade, and well, I think it’s apropos.

Cyanide

Cyanide’s not something that people associate with positive things. After all, it’s a deadly chemical. You’ll notice around here that I may say some things that are biting or show some work that’s edgy, and that’s part of who I am. I’m a critical and brutally honest person. Admission’s the first step to recovery, right?

Cyanide’s most common use is in mining — it’s used to extract the precious items from the earth, helping to remove the gold and silver trapped in its less valuable casing. It extracts what matters most; what brings the owner the most value for their effort, and I think that a critical and honest perspective helps me do the same with my strategy and design work. Like the cyanide does in mining, critical thinking and honesty helps bring my clients the most value by getting what matters most out of my work.

and Magenta

Magenta represents everything that’s right with the world — love, light, brightness, warmth, happiness. Everything’s better with a little splash of magenta thrown in there. I guess the information below is my magenta (beside the actual magenta in my life).

I am a visual / UX designer and front-end developer, and I specialize in building brands and their websites.

Solving problems is one of my favorite things to do. I’ve always enjoyed a good challenge, whether it’s figuring out a better way to do something or figuring out what is logical, and I think that is why I was so drawn to design. I have a BS in Graphic Design with an emphasis in Print, but have chosen to specialize in the web after spending a few years cutting my teeth in the advertising industry. Designing and building for the web require a tremendous amount of problem-solving, strategic thinking, planning and up-front work, and my love of those aspects of design are what drew me into the field and have kept me here.

I’m especially proud to be a woman in the tech industry.

I am currently working at CapTech as a Senior Interaction Designer in the Customer Experience arm of the company. I’m fortunate enough to focus on UX and UI Design work with a sprinkling of front-end development in the mix. I strongly believe that we need more women (and other minorities!) in our industry and I am working as a Core Team Member of the Richmond chapter of Women Who Code to help grow our community.

When I’m not working hard for the money at CapTech, I’m eating at a new restaurant, hanging out with my husband, reading, watching TV and movies, listening to music and podcasts, and working on fun freelance projects.

I’m lucky enough to be married to Andrew, an iOS developer at Mobelux. We live a geeked-out life together, mostly talking about the latest tech thing that has happened. I am trying to read more and am addicted to true crime novels, and you can keep up with my reading list and sad progress on Goodreads. I’m mostly on Spotify these days and create a few cool playlists and listen to some good music every now and then.

If you’re interested, you can follow me on Twitter or drop me a line on the Contact page.

Extra Credit

I love Call of Duty and Mario Kart, my drink of choice is whiskey, I have two cats: Java and Pixel and I’ll eat anything once, but would eat Mexican food all-day long if I could.

Thanks for stopping by and making it this far. You deserve a treat.