Senior UX Generator
From where do you receive your creative inspiration?
Everywhere! I have lived in four states now, and each one has been an entirely new adventure for me to enjoy. I believe my creative palette has been built from these different environments and experiences. It has allowed me to challenge my comfort zone and see a different side of myself. Continuous learning has also been an inspiration. If you continue to learn throughout life, you will always have the means to create, develop, finish dreams, and evolve as a person. For me, being creative requires continuous learning and knowledge building. This way, you are never bored, because there is always something new and exciting to learn.
The best thing about working for a small company?
We can truly function as a creative team. I know everyone very well. This allows us to build relationships on a more personal level, as opposed to just a “fellow employee” level. We know how to get work done and we know how to have a good time. I can go to anyone in the office for advice and feel welcome.
An average day:
After my 4th alarm goes off, I sleepwalk to the shower. The most difficult part of my day is probably trying to step over the side of our tub at 6:45am (we are currently looking into walk-in shower options for all bathrooms). After a good 25 minutes, I am ready to focus on brushing my teeth. Once I am cleaned up, I start my journey to work. I have 45 minutes to listen to music or news. At work, I jump in and out of meetings, brainstorming sessions, and Photoshop. As a defending foosball champ (Go Team Sloth!), I generally have to humor a couple challenges. The end of the day is here before I know it. At home, I generally enjoy a nice dinner with my wife, and possibly watch a little TV.
I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa as an art major with an emphasis on graphic design. I also have minor in marketing.
One thing you cannot live without:
First, this question is impossible. As of right this second, I would say a big breakfast (with coffee). Oh, and my wife (+250).
Dogs or cats?
Definitely dogs. Basset, to be exact.
"Wind Beneath My Wings"
Zoo giraffe or wild giraffe? Why?
Zoo. You just have to think about all the positives: People continuously groom, feed, and take care of you. You get some of the best medical care in the world (depending on the zoo). People generally admire you. Nothing tries to eat you. And, most importantly, it’s all free after your sedated transport from your previous home of freedom.
Breakfast: two (maybe three) eggs over easy, bacon and sausage, hash browns, wheat toast, and a side of biscuits and gravy. Mmmmmmm…
Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten:
Rocky Mountain Oysters?
You can’t get enough:
Truffle Mac & Cheese
Just say no to:
Brown or brown spotted bananas.
Something that makes you unique:
Oddly, you love:
Smelling the packaging of Apple products. I could just live in one of those boxes.
Someone eating chips while I am talking on the phone with him or her.
Most useless skill?
Each year I have figured out a way to kill spiders from a further distance. I am at 6 feet right now. Hate those things…
Commonly heard listening to:
Rock(ish), heavy(ish) stuff? And Bette Midler.
Caffeine Intake: 3 out of 5
2 cups in the morning, 1 in the afternoon
Typically seen in:
Plain shirt and jeans
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