call me sam.

I am a UX/UI Instructor at the UTSA. I have two dogs and one cat, enjoy camping and herbalism. DesignOps and strategy is my professional focus.

Inquisitive and imaginative

My unique perspective and produces insights that I apply to broad strategies and detail-oriented tasks to create meaningful experiences rooted in empathy, that function and thrive in the real world. 

My process

My extensive knowledge of UXUI design principles and formative education in psychological research strengthen my ability to identify, strategize, and creatively solve complex human-centered needs. 

entails constant definition and rigorous testing of user assumptions through multiple iterations of usability research and UI prototypes to design intuitive solutions that are scalable and reliable. 

In a team

I advocate for the users, prioritize client needs, and promote shared understanding to achieve goals. I thrive in collaborative environments that encourage the exchange of creative ideas and agile methodologies.

Current Position: UXUI Instructor
Experience: 7 years
Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English & Spanish
My Commitment

Through the power of collaboration. We can produce designs that inspires action, wellness, and wonder.

My Intention

To develop a better whole, it is important to meticulously understand its parts, whether an idea, a group, an organization, or product.

What Sets Me Apart

Translating data and insights into real life through intention, form, and narration is my specialty.

Career Journey

With a background in various industries, teaching, customer service, counseling, digital marketing, and quality assurance, my role in each always involves identifying, strategizing, and creatively solving complex human-centered needs.

EXPERIENCE
Summer 2022 – Present

UXUI Instructor

My time as an educator has been extraordinarily rewarding. Within a year, I was promoted from TA to Instructor, which has enabled me to fine-tune my design strategy, leadership, and operation skills, and most importantly, how to instill the importance of empathy and making data-driven design choices.

Spring 2021 - Present

UXUI Teaching Assistant

In the Summer of 2020, I became a TA for a UTSA UXUI Bootcamp. Enabling me to understand a design team's role within FE Development has equipped me with the necessary working knowledge to ask questions and bring clarity and insight to the design team’s role within any production pipeline. I accomplish understanding by leading design reviews, critiques, and brainstorming sessions to ensure insights are well-informed and lead to actionable design decisions.

Fall 2021

Product Designer, UX

At Quorum, I was hired as a UX consultant, supporting product managers in navigating technological constraints and identifying viable designs for our software solution clients. I worked with the Quality Assurance team within the agile productions cycle to create GUI standards to automate unit testing before production.

Fall 2021

Jr. Experience Designer

I began my UX career as a Jr. Experience Designer for Lexus in Los Angeles, three months after obtaining my UXUI certification from General Assembly - Santa Monica. Here, I applied the design thinking framework to provide meaningful insights on UI trends based on the current market, which heavily influenced the car model redesign pages within this global e-commerce website.

DESIGN ADVOCACY

The nature of design affords people the opportunity and privilege to shape the world we all inhabit; this is power – with power comes a responsibility.

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AIGA HOUSTON

Design Advocacy Committtee Chairwomen

Collaborate with the director to craft the advocacy committee's vision, strategy, and operations. Write grant proposals, budget, and acquire preliminary certifications permits to ensure financial and logistical stability.

UX HEXAGON HOUSTON

Career Mentor

Teach through ambiguity by presenting a vision that stimulates passion and aids designers through their own career paths and growth opportunities.

DESIGN THINKING WORKSHOP

Curriculum Design

The advocacy committee within the AIGA Houston board partners with local middle schools to promote creative problem-solving and self-actualization skills through a Design Thinking workshop. 

WHO AM I?
PROUD pet MAMA
ARYA
AVA
SABRINA
YOSHI
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Amateur HERBALIst
LOTIONS
FACE MASKS
BAR SOAP
CANDLES
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What i'm watching
What On Earth?
Drain the Ocean
Wheel Of Time
Avatar: Last Airbender
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
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