Hi! I’m Liz.
I am a morning person. I am a yellow/red. I am a user experience designer. I am an athlete. I have a lot of energy.
What am I doing right now?
I am working on a side project. It’s called #remote60. I am on a 60 day (Feb-March, 2017) adventure in Denver, Colorado, working remotely for my company while exploring, learning, and meeting as many people as possible. I came to to Colorado not knowing a single person, and have been running a social experiment on myself to see how I transform to life in a new city. What is it like to abandon all of my routines and live every day as a new adventure? The experiment is well under way and has been a huge success thus far. I could not be happier here in Denver and am beyond grateful for this life changing challenge. (For more details on this, please get in touch!)
I am designing delightful experiences. As a UX designer at edX, I get to work in the Ed Tech space designing experiences that will change the way we think about education.
I am writing. Check out my latest piece posted on InVision‘s blog: Using Design to Effect Positive Change
I am running. 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, and finished my first marathon last April; you may have heard of it, it’s a little footrace called The Boston Marathon.
I am listening to podcasts. TED Radio Hour. The Tim Ferriss Show. The Moth. (To name a few)
I am reading. Mostly books on design, leadership, business, connection…and how they all intersect. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek and Creative Confidence by The Kelley Brothers are high on my list.
I am networking. The design and startup worlds are amazing for many reasons, but in particular, there are tons of events and opportunities to network with other designers. I am a big fan of meeting other people passionate about their craft. The more designers I meet, the more I learn and the more connected I feel to the work I do.
In a nutshell:
Design. I earned my BFA in communication design from the Cleveland Institute of Art. As I continue to learn, grow, and hone my craft, my next step is to teach. I believe teaching is a skill that will not only strengthen my design theories and process, but will allow me to help and inspire people entering the design profession. I am particularly inspired by the work of John Maeda, the design thinking process of Tim Brown, and thought leaders Simon Sinek and Seth Godin. Prior to designing at edX, I was a Senior Product & UX Designer at Session M where I worked on multiple products including mPlusPLACES (mobile app) and the Mobile Marketing Cloud (SAAS platform). You can see some of my design work below.
Fitness. I like to run long distances (and short ones too), bike, snowboard, rock climb, move on my yoga mat, lift weights, and get my butt kicked at bootcamp. I’m game for any physical challenge.
Coffee. I am very particular about my coffee and am definitely a snob when it comes to the matter. I enjoy single origin light roasts brewed to perfection in a Chemex. I’m also a sucker for a good shot of espresso or a coldbrew on a hot day. Lately, I’ve been pretty stoked on Nitro Coldbrew, when it is done right, it is life changing (just like good design).
Just about everything I do revolves around these three things, and that makes me happy. I’d love to chat about any and all of the above topics. Or you could just say hi, that would be nice too. Please get in touch