Here’s some really interesting information about me!
I am currently the Data Visualization Designer and Consultant for the Arts at Virginia Tech Libraries - Research and Informatics Department, within the Data Services group. I advise and support administrators, faculty, and students with their data and information visualization and design needs. I help lead my clients through the design process and help to define requirements for projects, perform user research, define and design UI/IxD/UX aspects of their interactive projects, all the while integrating the art and design into research projects that communicate findings and results into effective, meaningful, and insightful visualizations.
I earned my B.A. in Graphic Design and Art History (Double-major) and a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) with an emphasis in Interactive and Graphic Design, from Indiana University-Bloomington. My work encompasses things I've done for researchers here at Virginia Tech, work I've freelanced, and work I've done for design agencies, other academic institutions, and Federal entities.
I am a multifaceted designer with a vast body of work that ranges from large (and small) scale data visualizations and information design projects to traditional graphic/interactive design for print and Web.
Before coming to Virginia Tech, I was the Design Lead at the NIH/NIEHS National Toxicology Program, located in Durham, North Carolina. My extensive experience in the graphical representation and visualization of data and other forms of information, comes from having had the pleasure of working as the Senior Designer for Dr. Katy Börner's Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center (CNS) located at Indiana University's School of Computing and Informatics (SoIC). I have traveled both domestically and internationally to present the work of the CNS and my colleagues, and continue to collaborate with artists, designers, scientists, and academics throughout the world.
I am also an avid collector and user of vintage cast iron cookware.