I fell in love with design at the age of 14, while undergoing chemotherapy for Stage 3 Burkitt's Lymphoma. It's a long story, which I'm honored to have shared as one of 100 people picked for the Techies Project. Shameless plug for the project - it's full of amazing people telling incredible stories of personal growth and struggles. You should check it out.
While at university earning my degree in Mass Media & Intercultural Communications, I freelanced to keep a roof over my head. Expanding beyond just pixels, I also taught myself how to paint portraits - which, during my senior year of studies, turned into gallery shows in London and Sacramento, live-painting on the news, and a 3-page magazine interview. A few famous people found my stuff and own originals, but I'll resist name-dropping. I'm still really shocked any of that happened, to be honest.
During my senior year, I was picked for Google +20, which was a top-20 selection of emerging creatives by Google, Maud Design, Wieden+Kennedy, and Semi-Permanent. We flew to LA to participate in an epic hackathon which had the results broadcast during the Semi-Permanent LA conference. Between +20 and graduation, though, I teamed up with Google to create a hackathon called Sac 30. I wrote a case study on it, if you're interested. Those events introduced me to my first mentors, and ended up landing me a job as Whistle's 2nd designer as soon as I graduated. After two and a half years there, in Summer 2016, I joined YouTube as an Interaction Designer.
Okay, that's enough career-related stuff. I love animals, and adopted a pit-mix named Luca in February 2014. He's deaf in one ear, walks into walls regularly, and can be found on Instagram @dapperluca. He's the friendliest, least-coordinated 25-lb ball of love you'll ever find on four legs.
I love tinkering and building passion projects. In college I wrote an AI to help me study, I once invented a filter-free water purification system and patented it (later overturning the patent open-source for the world to have), and a serious portion of my free time is spent barbecuing things.
I'm always open to hearing about cool stuff other people are building, doing, or making. Feel free to drop me a line about anything.