I spent the first 10 years of my life in a city called Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I then lived in Kampala, Uganda for about two years before moving to the United States. I did middle school, high school, undergraduate, and part of my graduate studies in the state of Indiana. I did my undergraduate studies at the Indiana University School of Informatics in Indianapolis, located on the IUPUI campus. I did part of my graduate studies at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, located on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. I did Doctoral(Ph.D.) course work at Clemson University in Clemson, SC, before deciding to withdraw in order to pursue design in the industry.
I am a designer at the core with over 6 years of combined experience in both academic and industry design, research, and development roles. My strengths are perceiving, seeing, and communicating experience design vision both orally, visually, and in writing--including the establishing of experience design processes and execution strategies.
I am also a firm believer in humility and listening as necessary ingredients for success in projects, teams, and products.
Good design empowers, simplifies, and enriches. Design is collaborative.
Good design transcends quantitative usability guidelines and heurestics. Thus, a design process should explore all contributing elements of the design's experience-environmental, emotional, social, etc. Good design iteratively seeks to deliver experiences at the intersection of the target users' wants and needs and business goals.
As a designer, I embrace the power to create. Through design I can improve, innovate, and bring value, meaning, and sometimes fun into people's lives.