What's your day job?
I’m currently Interactive Lead at AXS Studio where I lead a team that designs and develops interactive educational experiences for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. I’m in the trenches from early concept, through prototyping and wireframing, to the end of development and delivery. I primarily develop standalone and mobile Unity applications but I also work on web projects from time to time.
See more of my work here.
Where did you learn to write code?
I’m a graduate of the Biomedical Media stream of the Biomedical Communications program at the University of Toronto. During my time in the program I learned to both design and develop interactive experiences. I came out of the program with both UX design and Unity development in my toolbox. I’ve been lucky enough continue to grow both skill sets through my professional work.
What software do you use?
– Autodesk Maya
– Adobe Creative Suite
– Affinity Designer
What hardware do you use?
– Oculus Rift
– HTC Vive
– Samsung Gear VR
– Leap Motion Controller
– Microsoft Kinect
– Intel RealSense
– Arduino/Feater Ecosystem
– Raspberry Pi
Tell me about your teaching experience.
I received my B.Ed in 2009 and taught high school biology and physics as an Ontario Certified Teacher for three years. I have also assisted in teaching university level courses in web design for health care, and comparative anatomy. I also regularly run workshops and give presentations on educational interactive media. I often get asked why I left teaching but in many ways I feel I never did. My design approach is based on the same sense of empathy and student-centred approach I used in the classroom.
You're also a scientist?
I earned by Hons B.Sc in Biology and M.Sc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Toronto. I published research in vertebrate paleontology and have experience in field work (i.e. digging up dinosaurs). My science background definitely guides my approach to design. I’m analytical, methodical and always measuring outcomes.
What's the best way to get in touch?
Email me through the interwebs!