I'm a Portland-based designer interested in emerging technologies and people at both ends of the age spectrum. Throughout my career I've explored how technology can improve, augment, and expand access to education around the world.
I've designed and produced over 60 mobile apps for Night & Day Studios, where I currently serve as Creative Director. While Night & Day makes apps for people of all ages, we have often focused on children from 6 months to 8 years of age, which creates particular design challenges in accessibility and ease of use that translate well into other fields such as elder tech, literacy, and universal design.
So far the apps I've worked on have been played more than 100 million times in over 80 countries around the world. I've worked with some of the biggest brands in the world (Sesame Street, Super Bowl) and smallest-but-most-fun (Peekaboo Barn, BabyLit).
I have a background in visual design, UI/UX, and front-end development. Tracking the ever-changing trends and technological advancements in the industry is vital to my position, but my most valuable insights into the design of kids’ apps come from working directly with children and seeing their immediate reactions to my designs.
In addition to software, I provide artistic direction for Night & Day’s licensing efforts including the Peekaboo Barn style guide and physical products line. I am currently writing a book on design patterns and play patterns for kids’ apps.
There is nothing like direct observation and participation for understanding our audiences and overcoming our differences. As Mark Twain recognized, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." My life and my work have been greatly improved by my travels; so far my list includes 27 countries in Europe, Asia, and North America, and I plan to keep going.
Selected CLIENTS & Partners
Kid Made Modern
Other Clients & Partners
Kid Made Modern
Mattel / HIT Entertainment
Adobe Creative Suite: AI, PS, AE, INDD, Acrobat
Pages, Microsoft Word
Numbers, Microsoft Excel
App Submission & Marketing Experience
App Store Submission and Marketing Requirements
App Store Analytics
Google Play Submission and Marketing Requirements
Amazon App Store Submission and Marketing Requirements
Kidscreen Summit 2016
App Licensing: The Seven-Year Itch
Book Expo of America 2012
Digitizing Your Content Panel