My journey into design started in 2004 on an American Idol message board. I was impressed and excited by the signatures users were able to post as an extension of their online identity and it immediately stuck. I had no idea that something as small as a 500 X 150 pixel graphic would change my life forever.
This small fire turned into a burning passion which lead me to invest countless years submerging myself in the world of design and finding my footing (and confidence) within the space. The search for a voice in design led me to successfully completing an A.S. degree in Applied Digital Media and Printing and 3 accompanying certifications, however, this STILL wasn't enough for me.
Towards the end of my studies in 2012, I was eligible for a phone upgrade and selected my very first smart phone. It was an HTC android phone with mostly bloatware that couldn't be deleted, however, i had no idea the world it would unlock for me creatively. I discovered apps for the first time and taken by the experience and interfaces i was engaged in.
Post-gradutation, I shifted focus in understanding this new medium and how my skills transferred to what i was engaged in digitally. There were very few opportunities for formal training and education for UX at the time, so i took it upon myself to learn from others sharing their experiences online, more specifically, on YouTube.
Fast forward two years and I landed my first gig as a UI designer, shortly after the end of that engagement, I landed my first role as a UX Designer at USAA in San Antonio, TX. This snowballed into a now 8 year career in field that i enjoy being able to successfully operate in industries such as: Transportation Logistics (J.B Hunt), Automotive Retail (Discount Tire), Automotive Retail Logistics (Fullbay), Banking and Finance (USAA), Healthcare (Willis Towers Watson), and Education (Bridgepoint Education).
I look forward to the journey ahead as a designer and the many wonderful projects (and ultimately consumers) i'm able to engage with to improve the lives of others.