Currently located in Redmond, WA
The last several years I have been a part of the Global Digital Marketing team at Starbucks Coffee Company. Prior to that I worked with Windows Live, MSN and various local design companies.
I have a strong affection for minimalism, typography, grids, restraint, deadlines and good user experience. Though most of all I love problem solving; conceptually, visually and technically. Finding new ways to communicate through design. My goals are to continue to learn and growing in the field of graphic design, work on creative and challenging projects and fully enjoy the process of visual communication.
When not working on design projects I can usually be found training for some sort of athletic event be it a triathlon, track racing at the velodrome, a marathon, or just spending long hours on my bike with friends. I find that exercise is a good outlet for the stresses of work. Ironically I also find the inverse true as well, that work serves as a good distraction from the stresses of training.
Visual & Interactive Designer, II
Microsoft IEB (Xbox) 2012 – Present
Senior Web Designer/Art Director
Starbucks 2007 – 2012
I work within a small team to contribute to Starbucks success by being a part of the design effort around the overall online presence. This included such things as the redesign of starbucks.com, in-store LCD Screens, and visual designs to support social media outlets. I have been able to execute on entire design process on assigned projects, within agreed upon schedules and budgets.
Filter Talent 2005 – 2007
Design effective and memorable online ads and promotions for the clients company brand and properties. I have also assisted in the day-to-day testing and validation of agency-submitted rich media advertising for compatibility with MSN ad templates prior to sight testing.
Interactive Production Designer
Publicis West 2005 – 2006
I have designed and translated comps and storyboards into fully functional advertising units. This has entailed developing innovative interface and layout solutions, integrating established design guidelines with client requirements, ensuring continuity across platforms, and interfacing with internal and external technical teams to ensure the timely and effective execution of designs.
Mr. Crampy’s Multisport
I am a co-owner of a training and retail multisport company with my husband, Kyle Watson. We opened in May 2010 with as much money as we could scrape together from our savings and have slowly reinvested and built a community of people who enjoy to swim, bike, run, and have fun. It has been a lot of work but is a labour of love. I have done everything from book keeping to designing the identity, signage, website, and the interior.
This is a project to combine two of my passions – athletics and design by creating one of a kind athletic apparel that are fun to design, wear and share with my friends.
BFA Visual Communication Design
University of Washington 1998 – 2003