I love fusing smart concepts with creative, standards-based, accessible web design. I know that listening, understanding business and user experience goals, and adhering to standards are keys to well-executed design online.
I’m a people person. Whether connecting with clients at Phase 2 Technology — where I’m the Design Director — or moderating a panel on typography at SXSWi or catching up with other web professionals at Refresh DC, I love to participate in web community activities.
During my career so far, I’ve had the chance to work with established clients (e.g. Choice Hotels International, National Geographic, and Dupont) and individuals alike (e.g. journalists, surgeons, and environmentalist). It’s rad.
Teaching, Speaking, Writing
I leave the studio (occasionally) to engage in the community, give back, and find inspiration. I teach foundation-level graphic design and web design courses at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University in Georgetown. I’m also a board member for the Art Directors Club of Metro Washington DC (ADCMW), where I’ve been leading the charge to introduce more web-related events to its yearly programming.
I actually enjoy speaking and writing. I have organized and moderated a panel at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin and given a solo presentation, I have presented at numerous national events, and I’ve spoken internationally at dConstruct and Interlink. You can also find me in issue 188 of Practical Web Design Magazine (.Net Magazine for those in the UK) talking about how to perform a web site critique and in issue 191 walking through a website redesign [download lo-res PDF]. Blogging has introduced me to so many people online who crave design as much as I do.
For Non-Design-Related Fun
I find time to escape to the beach, plant patio herb gardens, and spend time with my partner in crime husband, Jim, who is a fantastic designer. We have a cross-eyed cat named Grace who thinks she is a human and talks more than most people do. I’m a huge fan of Janis Joplin, Andrew Byrd and Devotchka, and I love hanging out with my family and friends — most of whom have given up on trying to understand what the hell I do for a living.
Version 3.0 of Badassideas.com was designed and developed completely by me using WordPress. All of my build-out and ie6 questions were answered by my friend Keith, who is a kick-ass developer, and all of the design feedback came from Jim, who stayed up very late with me to say how my design really looked. The Typeface used in the header is Burgues Script by Alejandro Paul, and the serif face used as accent is Mrs. Eaves by Zuzana Licko.
The name Badassideas.com came from a rant about brand consistency I was having with a former colleague, who told me (before a meeting with well-dressed government contractors) to “Just go on with your bad ass ideas!”