Design leader, mentor, rule of ⅓ photographer, coffee enthusiast
I live in San Francisco, California where I spend my time running, photographing, and saying “hello” to dogs. I currently work as a design manager at Salesforce where I lead a team of designers who create new experiences for mobile applications.
After graduating from Cornell University I joined a small startup named iControl Networks (now Alarm.com) designing home automation and home security software. Five years quickly passed at iControl and I left to work at several more startups focusing on mobile, social, and, of course, Bluetooth radios. Now, with 14 years of experience, I am a Director of User Experience on the Platform User Experience team at Salesforce.
Since my first digital camera, a tiny, 2 megapixel Canon S200, I have pursued taking the perfect photo. I am drawn to symmetry, patterns, minimalism, and, as mentioned above, the rule of thirds. These days I shoot with a Fujifilm X-T2, and edit in Lightroom either on iOS or macOS. If I’m satisfied with a photo I share on Instagram. If I’m proud of a photo I share on Unsplash.
In between the tiny Canon and the current mirrorless was a journey of curiosity. I had a Nikon DSLR, and a small, full-frame Sony. I was never satisfied. The Nikon was too heavy and bulky. The Sony was too limiting with its prime lens. I’m purposefully skipping over my Holga phase. Now, with a mirrorless camera, I feel a nice balance between size, weight, and performance. It’s important to note that I’m eyeing the Canon R6 when I feel tempted to switch systems.
I’ve had many websites since college starting with a couple files on a friend’s server before hopping between LiveJournal, Tumblr, Hype, Squarespace, Jekyll, WordPress, and now Blot.im. Blot feels like a managed instance of Jekyll which is ideal for me. I grew frustrated managing gems and packages and servers before on Digital Ocean. Now I just edit text files that automatically sync to Blot through Dropbox. Easy.I keep track of topics to write about in Things, edit CSS in Atom (although I’m very curious to try Panic’s Nova), and write in iA Writer. To optimize images I use a combination of ImageOptim and JPEGmini Pro. Photos are edited on Lightroom for either iOS, iPadOS, or macOS.