I AM 

A graphic
designer visualizing
a better world.




I CARE ABOUT

Health
Housing
Community




I WORK FOR

Agencies
Nonprofits
Startups 

 


I STUDIED 

Graphic Design
Social Design

Anthropology




I DESIGNED

01
a brand toolkit for a wellness practitioner.


02
a digital report about global public health impact.


03
a website that served unhoused people in LA.


04
an app prototype for chronically ill women.


05
a typeface tribute to theater in NOLA.


06
an online event about safer sex, HIV, and COVID-19.

 

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I AM 

A graphic designer visualizing a better world.


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HELPING PATIENTS TO PROCESS
W/MICA GDMA




MY ROLE
User Research
UX/UI Design 

PARTNER ROLES
Sandie Maxa
| Instructor

BACKGROUND 

This was my thesis project for an MA degree in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art. I began with design research—interviewing several people in depth who identify as female and as chronically ill.


CHALLENGE

None of the women I spoke to were concerned with the problems that digital health products typically address (such as symptom tracking). Instead, they expressed how emotionally challenging and socially alienating it is to have an illness that will never go away. They all spoke about their experience in terms of grief in its various stages. My challenge was to solve for this gutting emotional experience using graphic design.


SOLUTION 

I created a journaling app that could be an emotional resource for chronically ill women at times when doctors and friends cannot support them. At key pain points, the app checks in and offers writing prompts to help the patient to process. The app is warm and friendly in the context of more stale digital medical products. It connects them to support they can find outside the doctor's office both within themselves and within their communities.