I’m Amy, a product designer based in Austin, TX.
I have an appreciation for cats, oil painting, grids, new media art, and anything with avocado in it. I love to travel to new places and take photos, and I’ll try just about any new food. My childhood was spent in a 259-acre state park in the center of Texas, where I developed a passion for exploration (and, of course, making “forts” in the forest).
These days, I’m still exploring and making, but instead of forts, it’s sketches, user interfaces, interactive prototypes, and handmade cosplay props. I take pride in my resourcefulness and ability to problem-solve.
What I do
While I’ve been designing things for as long as I can remember (one of my early memories involves prototyping cardboard flip-flops and testing them on my unenthusiastic sister—sorry, Sarah!), my professional work began eight years ago. I’ve been fortunate to work for small businesses and agencies as well as talented in-house product teams like Microsoft Teams.
Although my undergraduate degree is in design, I’m a strong advocate for lifelong learning, which has led me to pursue a masters in Human-Computer Interaction and Design (MHCI+D) and an MBA (Smartly MBA).
I believe in validating ideas early to minimize risk, and one of my favorite activities is leading design sprints. I feel happiest in an environment where I can work across all stages of product design—from UX to visual.
Currently, I’m working to design the future of instant voice communication at Zello.
Interested in the Master of Human-Computer Interaction + Design degree at UW?
Check out my interview on the Career Outcomes page of the MHCI+D site.
Curious about the Smartly MBA program?
Check out my Quora answer describing my experience.
What’s it like to work as a designer at Microsoft?
Check out the JobsBlog or the Microsoft Design Medium account.
What’s it like to work at a startup like Zello?
Check out my Medium post describing our hackathon on the beautiful coast of Destin, Florida.