I'm a self-taught UX designer with a passion for learning, making, and cutting edge technology. As a kid, I always had an eye for design. I paid attention to ads and magazines, and in high school I took every art class possible, including photography and graphic design. In college, I majored in Graphic Design before making the jump into UX design.
At the end of 2013, I moved to Pittsburgh, PA to self-study UX design alongside my best friend, who was getting his Master's in Human Computer Interaction. Siphoning knowledge from him, his classmates, and every available online resource I could, I learned enough to get a job offer at a healthcare startup in San Francisco, called Hale Health.
After leaving Hale 18 months later, I joined the design team at JPMorgan Chase bank. I was hired onto a small team responsible for designing Originations products under Art Perry, who now serves as the Design Director for the organization, and then worked on concept projects for money management targeted towards Millennials and GenXers under Josh Klenert.
Toward the end of my time at Chase, I began experimeting with designing Virtual Reality experiences in my free time alongside my friend Austin McCasland. Our experiments were focused mainly on interaction methods in VR and aimed to define new interaction models for ideal user experiences. He later went on to join the team at Google Daydream.
Since 2017 I've been working at Viv Labs/Samsung designing an AI-powered digital voice assistant, Bixby. Over the course of my time on this project I worked on many areas and key features – from dozens of Capsules, the Bixby Marketplace, platform permissions, the Bixby Views design system, and even the core UX model of Bixby itself. Aside from my product work, I sometimes participate in training courses to help others understand how to build voice experiences on the Bixby platform by doing webinars, speaking at conferences, and training seminars. I frequently travel to Seoul, Korea to meet with partner teams at Samsung, as well as work directly with other partner groups who develop on our platform, like Uber, Spotify, Yelp, Whisk, iHeart Radio, Radio.com, and Accuweather, just to name a few.
I believe in ethical product design.
When the opportunity to join Viv Labs came, I jumped on it immediately. A year prior, I had watched their flagship demonstration of their deelpy inteligent AI platform on the TechCrunch stage in amazement along with millions of other people. When they offered me a job, they had just been acquired by Samsung and were developing the new version of Bixby, an intelligent voice assistant. The team I joined was lead by legends in the industry, Ede Schweizer, Richard Schatzberger, Marco Iacono, Dag Kitlaus, and Adam Chayer. They shared a vision to simplify the lives of users through powerful voice intelligence – a vision that reshaped how I view technology.
I believe that the technology we interact with on a daily basis should aim to positively effect people's lives – not just try to suck as much attention or engagement as possible. I believe that we should learn from mistakes, pay attention to the side effects of our products, and always aim to fix them in an ethical and human-oriented way.
And, whenever possible, technology should be hidden.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
The future I want to live in
I grew up watching films that showed a brighter future. Shows like Star Trek painted a picture of a utopic world, and promises of a connected and technology-proficient world.
I expected the future I lived in to be filled with high-tech gadgetry that enhanced humanity, and when I look around me, I see a lot of that work happening. Advances in quantum computing, robotocs, artificial inteligence, virtual and augmented reality, self-driving cars, and space travel captivate my imagination and give me hope. I see opportunities for me to leverage my skills and do my small part to make this world a better place.
I know, that sounds a little frilly. I'm just passionate about a prosperous future and believe that ethical technology can give us that future.
We aren't as far away as we think.
Want to talk?
If you like my work and would like to collaborate on a project, talk about design, show me something cool, or just want to say hi – I would love to hear from you.