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About Me

I was always a crafty kid. My first business was at age seven selling knitted cat toys on consignment. By ten I had moved on to bigger and better things, and was selling handmade jewelry in the park. I’ve continued to learn new creative skills for as long as I’ve been alive.

That crafty kid grew up to be the designer and maker I am today. I’ve had a diverse design career spanning art direction, graphic design, digital product design, and content creation. I began my career in New York City working at SelectWorld as an art director for beauty and luxury clients such as Calvin Klein, Swarovski, and Sebastian Professional. I enjoyed the work, but ultimately left the industry to focus on mission based work that would have a positive impact on the world.

After a couple of years volunteering and working abroad, I landed what turned into a dream job as the first designer at Instructables, a project sharing do-it-yourself website. I worked there for 9 years, and had the opportunity to design graphics, swag, apps, and all of the UI/UX for the brand. I grew not only as a designer, but as a maker through the creative community and workshop at Autodesk, who acquired the brand in 2010. My Instructables projects have been featured in Make and Wired magazines, as well as Buzzfeed, Laughing Squid, Jezebel, and many other online channels.

I left Instructables at the beginning of 2020 to take some time to make things in real life, not knowing the roller coaster ahead. I have since embarked on a deep learning journey on how to evolve design practice across sectors to be more sustainable, and transitioned to the climate sector following a fellowship with Climatebase. I’m excited about circular economy transitions, and empowering designers to take climate action via my work with Climate Designers.

If you’d like to work together, get in touch.

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Photo credit:  David Kaplan