I’m driven to bring people to a better understanding of themselves, others, and the systems around them. I approach this goal through two careers: one as a design researcher and one as a comics artist. My research includes studying digital tools, services and communities; my art work visualizes stories with humor and snark.
Since 2017, I have worked as a design researcher in the healthcare and speech technology branch of 3M. Prior to that I completed a Masters in Interaction Design at Carnegie Mellon University, plus myriad classes and life experiences along my “scenic route” to the profession. Designing within my local community is important to me. My latest efforts were co-leading a workshop at the 2020 World IA Day and co-curating two interactive gallery shows in Pittsburgh, PA.
My comics tell stories about bad dates, climbing walls of trash, falling asleep in public, mosquitos and women’s voting rights (but not all at once). My work has been published in anthologies with Little Red Bird Press, Dirty Diamonds and in outlets such as The Nib and The Guardian. I have exhibited at festivals across the US and UK, been reviewed in Broken Frontier and Broken Pencil and self-published many minicomics. I was a juror for the 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in the comics category.
I grew up in Phoenix, AZ and received my BA from Oberlin College. I live in Pittsburgh and am married to a Scottish industrial designer.
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