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Design and Creative Direction

Products, Services, Experiences

I strive to make design meaningful and fun, keeping business goals in mind while continuously experimenting solutions. I lead end-to-end creative product thinking, with special attention to visual design polish and delightful animation. Serving as an empathy advocate for the user (including those with disabilities) and a bridge to product development, I collaborate, support and encourage designers in crafting simple and meaningful interactions while fostering an environment for designers to best explore, take risks and execute their ideas. I facilitate workshops & design sprints, make journey maps, experience maps, rapid prototypes, visual explorations, detailed wireframes, pattern libraries and style guides. In parallel, I collaborate with developers, QA and product stakeholders at all stages to facilitate the launch of great products.

Greenhouse Mobile Banking app

As senior UX designer, I am working on the new Greenhouse app that helps users spend within their means in a simple and fun way. When I first joined the team in 2017, I was focused on animation and transitions. I have since taken on a lead role running design sprints, mapping & prototyping new experiences, addressing accessibility affordances, as well as fine-tuning design documents.

Greenhouse

Sony Design Leader

As art director at Sony for 5 years, I led the internal visual design teams on the PlayStation console, app and web platforms. From workshops in phase 0 to production crunch time, I launched 4 major product releases and over 6 product updates. I led design critique and engaged with all kinds of stakeholders from product, business, development and design to present, communicate and facilitate collaboration. Including leading internal teams, I led engagements with outside agencies for motion graphics and UX concepts where needed.

PlayStation Social Ecosystem

As lead product art director for US from 2015-2017, my responsibilities were to provide visual design and user experience consistency across all PlayStation social products including console, web and app. I collaborated closely with our senior Tokyo partners and led design sprints, critiques and directed a team of 7 designers in San Francisco and contributed hands on to prototyping, design and quality oversight.

PlayStation App

I led the visual design on PS App for iOS and Android, including guidance on animation and transitions.

PlayStation App

PlayStation Web Social

The PlayStation Web Social experience was a long time coming with international stakeholders across Japan, UK and US. I was lead art director from 2015-2017.

PlayStation Web Social

PlayStation 4 Home Experience

As an art director starting at Sony in May 2012, I joined the design team working on the PS4 user interface. I helped establish the current content launcher framework, visual design treatments and transition animations.

PS4 Content Launcher

Sony Sports UX

In 2014, while stationed at Sony Design headquarters in Tokyo for one year to work on a series of Sony Sports wearables projects, I served as both a UX researcher and an art director for visual design. Efforts included biometrics sensor prototypes using Unity3D game engine, motion capture prototype, field user testing, interviews, video scenarios and guerrilla testing. Outcomes included a design system to unify Sony Sports applications.

Sony Sports UX

PlayStation Profile Redesign

In 2016, I directed the re-design of profile which added new features to enhance identity personalization (including color picking associated with user's background image), game list to compare with friends, user's media and social activity feed.

PS4 Profile

PlayStation Activity Feed Redesign

As part of the 2016 re-design, I directed 4 designers to re-imagine the PlayStation What's New activity feed to give users real-time views of their friends and follows activities. Using an innovative 2 column scaling layout, activities are shown on the left while the right side displays trending live broadcasts, videos and screenshots.

PS4 What's New

PlayStation Live Detail Redesign

The redesigned game page for PS4 takes advantage of a new menu system that surfaces notifications of new content while the content scales larger when in focus. In concert with the upgraded hardware launch date, I directed 4 designers on a tight deadline as we simultaneously designed this detail experience, What's New and Profile.

PS4 Live Detail

PlayStation Communities

In 2015, after my year abroad at Sony Creative Center Tokyo, I was brought in to direct the Communities project with little time to iterate. I directed a team of 4 designers through a stressful period of uncertainty and we launched on time, providing a feature to PS4 that had been requested by users for years.

PS4 Communities

PlayStation Mobile Store

Launched 2014

Directed the design of PlayStation Mobile Store that shipped in 2014. Starting with an outside agency, I directed the output of UX design concepts and wireframes. Internally, I led visual design production and directed another outside agency to create concepts for branded motion graphics and loading indicators. Then collaborated closely with engineer to produce these intended effects for the final polished product.

PS Mobile Store

Exhibition as Experiment

Acclair Art Valuation Service

Co-founded independent research consultancy to explore ideas regarding the augmentation of everyday life through the design and implementation of Neurocapital services. I direct the concept and design of neuro-aware experience prototypes exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, festivals and trade shows.

In its essence, Neurocapital™ is a system that attributes market value to brain output and can be applied to many areas of society. For the Acclair Art Valuation Service (AVS), Acclair measured participants' brain responses (EEG) while exposed to art and analyzed these responses to determine the degree of cognitive and emotional perception of the artifact—it’s "neuro- value."

This project started as a speculative work that questions the current art market system by proposing an alternative system of art valuation based solely on users' brain responses.

Design Research

Brand and Marketing

Pre-Sony creative work

From 2006-2011, I was a creative director at Razorfish, Publicis Modem and other interactive agencies. I directed a variety of immersive online experiences promoting WaMu and LG Mobile brands including a beautiful digital pop-up book, an Ironman "inside the suit" 3D experience, fun display ad pieces, a richly illustrated Facebook campaign illustrating LG Mobile's phone features and others.

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