Hi, and welcome to my portfolio page. This page is designed to help showcase my design, tech, and info science work.
I am a teacher, an adventurer, and a dad. I got involved in HCI after working with a blind student and realizing the value of technological accessibility. I believe that WCAG is the starting point for making information on the web available to everyone, but that it is only a starting point, and that good design will continue to evolve along with technology.
I grew up in a small town outside of Portland, ME. After a circuitous route through high school, I moved to Orlando, FL and worked at Walt Disney World as a lifeguard, recreation coordinator, and kids managers. I left Disney to attend Hampshire College where I studied narrative, writing, and learning through storytelling.
After college, I moved to Western North Carolina to work as a whitewater raft guide for the Nantahala Outdoor Center. I spent 3 years as a raft guide, but as the result of an injury, I took an office job in Chapel Hill managing fundraising for a national non-profit.
Later, I would return to the outdoors, working first as a wilderness field instructor with at-risk youth, then as an instructor of backcountry emergency medicine for SOLO Wilderness Medicine School in Conway NH. I traveled the country teaching emergency medicine for 7 years.
In the summer of 2013, I returned to Western North Carolina to take a yoga teacher training and then massage therapy training. I started a massage therapy practice called Active Asheville which I successfully ran for 4 years. During that time, I also began teaching at a massage therapy school.
As a designer, my first question is about the intention of a given interface.
I have a passion for learning and education, and all of my jobs have eventually evolved into teaching jobs.
Hiking, paddling, rock climbing, swimming
For me, its about the image first, but I love working with DSLR cameras, and prefer a full frame camera.
I have followed a vegan diet since 1998, and maintained a vegan recipe blog for a year in 2008.
Please explore this website, learn as much as you can about my work and my UI/UX philosophy.