Chicago, Illinois, USA 🇺🇸
My first job out of college taught us how to prototype software. The first two projects I worked on included redesigning a company's intranet site and transforming a construction foreman's job from paper into an iPad App. The projects exposed me to user research, information architecture, usability testing, and project management. I was in awe combining scientific methods, creativity, and technical skills to improve others' daily lives.
I hydrate and make oatmeal after waking up. Then, I work out at home or in the gym before work. No two days are the same as a freelancer. Multiple clients and a side project make activities ranging from discovery, project management, wire-framing, designing and developing websites, and creating content.
A couple of local coffee shops are visited to mix it up and get out of my home office. Lunch usually includes leftovers from last night or searching for a vegan option if out of the office. The evening consists of cooking dinner and having NBA League Pass on in the background while working on side projects and learning to optimize my existing business.
Being a generalist and not niching down creates inconsistency. Figuring out everything on my own allows me to learn a lot, but not be an expert in one area. Serving others with the power of design and technology results in great opportunities, but each project is an adventure.
Circa is a side project several years in the making. We found an opportunity to strengthen local communities, specifically college students, through a location-based online community. We continue to enjoy the autonomy to learn, design, and build a way for students to connect with peers with shared interests and find things to do nearby.
Figma, Slack, Spark, Tick-Tick, Spotify, Notion, and the Timely App (In the browser).
Oculus Quest 2 - VR has come a long way! The Oculus encourages you to move around with games that get you moving. For example, a sketch app allowed you to draw in 3D space, walk away, and still have perspective. Beat Saber is a game that was a mash-up of Dance Dance Revolution, Fruit Ninja, and Guitar Hero. The external cameras create a safe boundary so you can move around without concern. When you leave the boundary, the cameras turn on to see your environment—a bonus for streaming what the user sees on your TV.
To lock-in, I turn on baroque music. The repetitive cadence strengthens our focus. 👇
To jumpstart my mood, I listen to reggae, Motown, and R&B. 👇
Bonus for freelancers: Productize your services — it's a great way to transition from hourly to value-based work.