Design Experience

My path to design hasn't necessarily been a straightforward one. As an incoming film major at Northwestern University, I assumed that I would be telling stories in the form of screenplays and short films. But when I discovered human-centered design in the student organization Design for America, I was wowed by the many ways that designers tell stories. Using numbers and research data to create compelling visualizations, I discovered that I loved framing complex problems in new ways and thinking outside the box in order to solve them. Picking up new skills along the way, I've delved into the world of creative problem-solving, working on nine design projects and leading various design programs and workshops. Below are a few highlights.

Brave Initiatives

Brave Initiatives is a Chicago non-profit that empowers young women through coding and design, encouraging them to pursue STEM careers and create social impact in their own communities. In the fall of 2016, I put together a design-thinking workshop to teach the girls foundational design skills as they addressed social problems in their local communities.

 Image by   InnoCentive

Image by InnoCentive

Nielsen UX Project

During the fall of 2015, I worked with Nielsen's Marketing Technologies department to redesign the online portal for their primary report-building tool. In this position, I conducted user research, analyzed data sets, and prototyped designs based on these insights in order to improve the client's experience navigating Nielsen's database.

 Image by  Alex Sher

Image by Alex Sher

DFA Summer Studio 2015

In the summer of 2015, I created and facilitated a six-week design-thinking "boot camp" for Northwestern undergrads in Design for AmericaThis included creating a curriculum for the program, scoping three socially conscious design projects, planning workshops with design professionals in Chicago, and advising three student teams as they navigated the design process for the first time.