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ABOUT ME

I am a senior at the University of Colorado at Denver, majoring in Digital Design. I am passionate about Motion Design, Interaction & Branding, and have already begun to pursue a career in these fields.

I currently intern as a Motion Designer for University of Colorado Denver OIT Media as a part of their creative services team. As part of this internship I have had the opportunity to work on all aspects of client-work production, from producing storyboards, script writing, style boards, all the way to the final deliverable. I participate in client meetings developing project concepts to achieve the clients’ goals. I work within a design and video team, creating both collaborative and individual projects. A key component of my work is the ability to manage my time efficiently to produce high quality work within specified deadlines. I believe that the experience I have gained through this internship has given an important framework of skills that I will continue to work on throughout my career.

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments on my work.

 

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

Designers have long been thought of as somewhat unnecessary and designing for the user is something that is only considered when there is sufficient budget and/or time. This has led to a world full of sub-par products, solutions that are barely usable, countless hours wasted and have led to much frustration, confusion, upset and cultural malaise.

I believe that a designer is a professional problem solver, with the ultimate motive of creating usable, functional solutions. As such, designers must be advocates for our craft, and ultimately for our users. It is up to us to define the problem to be solved and encompass elements of functionality, usability, accessibility, rationality, aesthetics, and adaptability in our solutions:

  • My  primary concern as a designer is the User and solutions that meet his/her needs.
  • The purpose of the solution will dictate the design.
  • Design solutions must consider and address the following:
    • Usability — If it is not functional, it is not a viable solution
    • Accessibility — Is it easily understood and attainable?
    • Rationality — The design must be consistent with reason and reality
    • Aesthetics & Beauty — Design should create a homogeneous look with all elements in their rightful place.
    • Adaptability — Design is not static, it should adapt to the needs of the user and ever changing culture
    • Iteration — Do not be afraid to fail, failure is only one iteration of a design on the way to success
    • Honesty and Integrity — Emotional needs and desires must not be exploited in an attempt to deceive, manipulate or drive unsustainable consumption
    • Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration and Openness — Alternative solutions may be found by engaging those outside of Design, it is to our benefit to engage in dialogue with other professionals