Right now, I’m a Junior in UVU’s Web Design and Development program and looking forward to landing my first job as a UX Designer.
Outside of school, I spend a lot of time up in the mountains hiking or camping with my family when I’m not at work.
I also love traveling. Sarah and I have taken a couple of amazing trips to Thailand and the Balkan states. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Norway as well. It’s definitely my favorite place!
My wife, Sarah, and I have a little girl named Ella, and, crazily enough, we have another kiddo on the way!
So yeah, that’s a bit about me. As a new dad who’s working and going to school, I stay pretty busy, but I love it.
I heard a story once about a recent college grad who was meeting with a company about their website. Why? I don’t really know, but anyway, she had pointed out that their website took a while to load because the image sizes they were using were huge and that they could be much smaller without losing the quality of the images. She also stated that this is probably why their site is seemingly ineffective. She fixed it for them and almost immediately the director in the room offered her their current UX Designer’s position.
Understanding different file formats (containers), CODECs…
I was tasked to design a prototype for a national park that could be used as a template to create many more national park apps. In order to design an exciting app for all national parks, I created a prototype for Capitol Reef.
The goal is to entice people to visit national parks, so I decided on a target audience of young adults and families.
This was a solo project. I did meet with my professor early on to make sure I was on the right track and to get a bit of help to figure out the scope of…
This past week, I had a goal of creating an exciting, interactive pamphlet using AR with Zapworks. I chose to center it on Voldemort’s horcruxes from the Harry Potter series. If you don’t know what a horcrux is, you should keep reading and check out the pamphlet!
I began by sketching out my idea for the pamphlet. I wanted to cover all of the horcruxes that Voldemort created and give a bit more background info on horcruxes in general. Here’s the original outline:
Once you open the cover, the first page will fill in the reader on what a horcrux…
I recently got challenged to create content for a new account on Instagram and for the first eight posts, each one had to be a different style of post such as a reel, panorama, graphic, etc. The type of account I created was on travel and tied into another challenge I received to make a podcast.
The first thing I did was make a list of each post I intended to make.
I wanted to learn how to create a podcast at a professional level, so I made it a goal to get through at least two podcasts that were at a professional level.
I came up with a couple of podcast ideas that I felt I knew quite a bit about and ultimately went with the budget travel idea. At this point, I played around with some ideas on what in particular to focus on and how to structure the podcast. I wanted to share stories from my own travels while incorporating different travel tips into them. …
For the past few months, I learned how to use Tumult Hype by creating an interactive kiosk.
The goal was to create a kiosk that would entertain while also inform the audience about Vikings. My target audience would be young teenagers.
It would be separated into three phases. Each phase had the same process. First, I would storyboard my ideas, then I would gather and create my assets, and lastly, I would put it all together. Once it was put together, the class would review each other’s assignments in class then go back and make revisions.
I created an attraction…
Awhile back, I discovered a non-profit called Guatemalan Humanitarian Tours (GHT). They participate in various forms of service from teaching children English to releasing baby sea turtles to the sea. They also save plenty of time for fun. I love what they do, but I felt like they could use some help in a couple of areas. For a school project, I planned to redesign its website and logo. Today, I’ll only be covering the creation of the new logo. Here’s what their logo currently looks like:
Some of my first impressions were that the plane and the location pin…
We had four months to redesign UVU’s Architecture and Engineering Design Department’s website. They came to us with a few requests: Stick to UVU’s guidelines, give equal attention to each program, and make it more appealing to high school and college students, or in the words of the Department Head “Make it lit”. With this in mind, we mapped out a plan for the project. Here’s a very simplified outline.
We had a team of four designers and we all worked on each step of the redesign together, so a big part of the…
Interaction Design student at UVU