I have studied commercial art since my A.S. in 1994 and have worked in the advertising agency industry since its early inception. I have a career background in both corporate (Wall Street law firm) and (Madison Ave) ad agencies. I have an academic and professional background spanning animation; user experience design; information architecture; knowledge management; literature; web design and development; as well as visual, digital and print production.
I completed my BA from Columbia University and my MS from KSU in User Experience Design (UXD). Additionally, I have multiple certificates from Noble Desktop and the NY Code + Design Academy. Aside from being a professional student myself, I have online and, in both the classroom and lab setting, professional teaching experience. I’ve taught branding, design, typography, color theory, code and Adobe software as an adjunct for many years at CUNY – in the Heights, Parson’s | The New School, Baruch and NYU SPS CADA.
I am an enthusiastic, responsive and devoted teacher and mentor to my students. Don’t ever hesitate to reach out during or after class. I have a vested interest in their success both professionally and ethically. Having started my career at a technical school garnering my first job in the industry before the completion of my portfolio class I know the value of both practical applications and the theory behind the work.
My career has spanned many trends and waves of change. I have earned certificates throughout to stay abreast of technological advances. Primarily recognizing that design is at the crossroads of this changing landscape as well as traditional and classic methods and principles. Technology can only produce to the level of the input of the user and that’s what I specialize in, best practices and tips and tricks. What you take away from the course and remember and apply in 6 months is key. I am both a driven and passionate learner that looks forward to discovering new things alongside my students, as well as cheerleading and coaching as necessary!
B.A. in Literature, Columbia University (2007)
M.S. in User Experience Design, KSU (2017)
Disruptive Technology and the Future; Storytelling; User Experience Design;
Color Theory (Fall 2019)