August 5, 2016

Hotel iWatch App

Working with Lynda has been a fantastic opportunity that has not only challenged me and grown my skills but given me the opportunity to teach hundreds of thousands. This watch prototype was created for my UX Design for Sketch course. I wanted to introduce another way to interact with a hotel room. I believe most of us hate those hotel keys. They are easily lost or misplaced. In future iterations, I'd love to work through the use of the August Lock, Nest, Alexa, and other smart devices


July 20, 2013

Free as Me: Hackathon Project

During a weekend hackathon, we were challenged to provide solutions to common problems within social justice. For my team, we took on the issue of human trafficking but before we could create a solution I told the team we needed to better understand the problem.

I turned to a representative from the International Justice Mission to find out more about where they had the most trouble. It wasn't finding victims of trafficking. It wasn't getting them the services they need. The root of the problem lay within communication between the back office and the "soldiers on the ground". Trying to get the information about the victims to the back office the fastest is vital in the battle for the victims. Then I drilled deeper to better understand the issues the feet on the ground are facing.

  • They are often in dangerous situations, where showing they have a smartphone will result in them being mugged or their car being broken into
  • They cannot take the phone with them into places where the victims are
  • Cell signal is often lacking
  • English is often a second language & written language isn't always strong

Therefore the solution had to be an application that facilitated communication, saved the collected data without a cell connection, and could be something they could do as if they were leaving a clipboard in their car before leaving on the dangerous mission of researching and rescuing victims of trafficking.

Our solution was Free As Me. The application allows the researcher to collect a voice message & any other data, as well as the priority of the issue, into the database which can then be sent to the back office in the background once the signal is achieved. Thus allowing the team to move quickly to issues of trafficking.

We not only won the hackathon as Best of Social Justice but we were also offered jobs with IJM.

September 16, 2008

Journalist Time App

I had an opportunity while living in London, UK to interview at the BBC. As part of the interview, I was challenged to prepare & present a solution for journalists to track their time. I first interviewed the guys who interviewed me and asked them a bunch of questions about the challenges the journalists face on the road. They can be in remote locations with no cell signal. They need to check in their time quickly and track it against several different stories (like designers and projects). I did some competitive research and interviewed a few journalists. Based on my research, I quickly sketched up the wireframes below and then presented the project (BBCpressie) to the guys.

My goal was to allow them to input their project, time spent, what they were doing, as well as, inputting any time off they needed. The project was well received.