I frequently employed information architecture and visual design theory to create lead magnets, promotional graphics, scripts, slide decks, course outlines, assessments, workbooks, and much more for diverse audiences across a broad range of subject matter.
Then, after completing a 6-month certificate in UX/UI, I was lucky enough to land some roles as a UX designer. It took some time, but I finally found a hat that fit perfectly.
To make a long story short,
My career journey evolved over many years. Working on small teams with independent businesses allowed me to try on many hats. Some fit better than others, but each one was an opportunity to stretch, and I'm endlessly grateful for all the kind, talented people who supported and encouraged my growth along the way.
I started as a copywriter & editor to pay my way through college. I learned a lot about SEO, omni-channel marketing, lead magnets, course development, and how to write gooder.
Thanks to the advocacy of those I worked with, I was eventually able to take on more design-oriented roles. I used my degree in education to transition toward instructional design while jumping on any visual design opportunities I could get my grubby little hands on.
teachin' & learnin'
After finishing my Bachelor's in Education, Communities, & Organizations from the University of Washington, I enrolled in their Continuum College's 6-month certificate in User Experience & Visual Interface Design.
I had the privilege to return to the program as the Teaching Assistant for the next cohort. Partially so I could take the classes again, but mostly to prove to my mom that my education degree wasn't useless.
I'm a normal person with a normal hobby
In college, I joined the UW Comedy Club in an attempt to cure my anxiety. It didn't work. But then they made me club president, so I had to stick with it.
Nowadays, I spend a lot of my free time telling jokes in grimy bars across the PNW. It never cured my anxiety, but it has helped me befriend it.