Team

A rare team of dedicated, talented and experienced designers who care deeply about our clients, the products they build, and their users.

Adrienne is motivated by her desire to learn, grow, create and nurture. She has a keen eye for function and design.

Adrienne graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 with a BA in Visual Art and Graphic Design. In 2013 she relocated from Denver to San Francisco to pursue a career in the design field and experience all the Bay Area has to offer in the way of art, culture and wellness.

Before joining DesignMap Adrienne explored a wide variety of opportunities, including work as a freelance designer, an in-home caregiver and a yoga instructor.

When she’s not using her sorcery to manage the office logistics at DesignMap, you can find Adrienne  exploring the city by bicycle, perusing the Cities farmers’ markets, studying Iyengar Yoga, or in an airport somewhere in the world preparing to embark on her latest adventure.

adrienne@designmap.com

Anna likes to see the big picture, the way a series of systems can tell a story. But these systems don’t have to be technical ones: she holds an MA in Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she learned and wrote about the cultural, historical, and structural aspects of Minimal and Postminimal sculpture. After receiving a Master of Library Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Anna began a career as an art librarian at Stanford University.

Anna’s love of craft, visual experimentation, storytelling, and creative collaboration led her to change careers and enter the world of UX. Her years of working with information seekers have given her a deep understanding of the pleasure and empowerment that comes from a good user experience. She is excited to learn from her mentors, colleagues, and clients at DesignMap, and to work on products that make people’s lives easier and more productive.

In her spare time, Anna likes to collect pine cones, moss, and driftwood from her travels in the Pacific Northwest. She also enjoys making fun of her two gigantic cats.

anna@designmap.com

Audrey has worked in high tech for 15 years. As an Executive Producer at Netscape, she managed high-profile products such as Net Search, Netscape’s advertising program, MyNetscape, and Registration. For 6 years she worked at Dubberly Design Office with clients like Sun Microsystems, Palm Inc., Stanford University, Revolution Health, Opsware Inc., and Jotspot. She also served as the Vice President of Design at The Magellan Network, building a design practice that turned out several web-based and desktop applications. Audrey has presented work at conferences including DUX; About, With and For; BayCHI; and for the AIGA.

Audrey studied mathematics, English, and theatre during her undergraduate work. She has studied design at UC Berkeley and California College of Arts (CCA).

audrey@designmap.com

As a user experience designer, Barbara is interested in the ways, design paired with technology, can improve people’s lives. She is passionate about creating designs that put users first, provide utility as well as delight, and generate results for clients.

Barbara has ten years of experience working as a designer and has worked in a variety of environments from agencies to start-ups. She started out as a visual designer, but being more interested in the problem-solving aspects of design, transitioned into UX design. Over the years she has worked for clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab, UNICEF, Milkbone, the Smithsonian, and a variety of others. She holds a BFA from Macalester College, a small liberal arts school in Minnesota, and a MA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

When Barbara is not designing she enjoys running, playing ping pong, and watching the food network.

barb@designmap.com

Chad believes the primary requisites for any new web project are “responsive, responsive, responsive,” followed by a mobile-first and content-centric design. He has an appreciation for typography, grids and all the other discerning-elements-that-go-into-graphic-design stuff and enjoys collaborating with designers and programmers to craft user-friendly and elegant interfaces.

When not reading up on politics or web design, Chad is probably listening to music or playing board games.

chad@designmap.com

Christiana gets excited when she has the opportunity to create new work and play environments for users through well designed products and services. She especially enjoys the human part of human-centered design, including uncovering user needs through interviews, direct observation and other research methodologies.

Christiana’s interest in product design grew from a love for architecture and a brief career in real estate development. While providing business development and asset management for several buildings, she built a database to track communications with current and prospective clients and manage real estate negotiations. In the process of creating this business process management tool, she got hooked on digital product design. After going back to school for a Master in Design in interaction design at Carnegie Mellon University, Christiana moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to joining DesignMap, Christiana worked in-house at Citrix on complex enterprise technology products, which uncovered her predilection for getting technical.

When not in the design studio, Christiana can be found at the gym playing pick-up basketball or at the SF flower market looking for the next subjects of her ikebana flower arrangements.

christiana@designmap.com

Chuck found his way from advertising to interaction design through sheer love, substantial talent and proficiency in every aspect of the work. We all aspire to “the zen of Chuck:” an ability walk into any situation and calmly and competently make miracles happen.

Chuck started his career working as an advertising art director. As use of interactive components in advertising grew, he took on designing web sites to support ad campaigns. Interaction design work became his primary focus and eventually he went to work at Wells Fargo Bank as a user interface designer, working on the initial implementation of Bill Pay and the first redesign of Online Banking.

After briefly traveling the South Pacific in search of waves, he returned to San Francisco and took on leadership of Wells Fargo Bank’s designers, focusing on a broad array of projects including banking, brokerage, reporting, bill payments, and visioning for future products. Chuck moved on to Tibco to work with their AJAX toolkit, designing applications that enable enterprises to deploy, monitor and manage SOA Applications. Chuck graduated from the Visual Communications program at the University of Delaware.

chuck@designmap.com

Eric is a T-shaped designer with a strong interest in business and engineering. He thrives on design challenges that require balancing these disciplines with user goals.

Eric immigrated to the Bay Area from Chicago where he provided design services for a digital designer for a large PR agency, the launch of a lifelong learning product, a mobile real estate app and hundreds of rapid projects. He is a proud graduate of the ADMCi School for Digital Craftsmanship.

Outside of the office, Eric juggles his obsessions for lifelong learning and sailing, and a constant stream of experimental hobbies. By 2035, he hopes to design and build his own modern, full-sized schooner and sail it around the world.

eric@designmap.com

Greg brings a strong practical balance to the DesignMap partnership. He combines his deep passion for good, clear design with leading and growing a healthy and well-run business.

In addition to providing design direction for large-scale initiatives, Greg manages many of the other elements of running a business. Part CFO, part COO, part HR director, part Swedish furniture assembler, Greg divides his time many ways.

Greg has tackled design problems as tiny as packets (the TCP/IP kind) and as large as the healthcare system. Before joining DesignMap, Greg was a Senior Interaction Designer at the Dubberly Design Office where he worked on highly technical projects for large enterprise customers and a series of health care related projects for clients such as Allscripts, Revolution Health, and The Stanford Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

He began his career at TS Design in Boston (now part of RazorFish), where he worked on interface and strategy solutions for Fortune 500 companies, including 3M Company and Fleet Bank. He left TS Design to join America Online’s west-coast design staff, where he was responsible for the design of community and communications services and applications. Gregory has BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design.

greg@designmap.com

James’ eclectic background in art, landscape design and typography provides a unique foundation for creative thinking and unusual design solutions. He comes to DesignMap via a crooked path which began in the Midwest, wound through the desert Southwest and ultimately ended in San Francisco.

Once in the Bay Area, he attended the California College of the Arts (CCA), earning a BFA in Graphic Design.
While studying at CCA he worked at Psy/Ops Type Foundry, bumping elbows with some of the industry’s most accomplished type designers. After graduation from CCA, James joined Amazon Lab 126 where he was a member of the original UX team that designed the Kindle experience.

After a two-year stretch in start-up culture, James is thrilled to be back in a collegial design environment. He’s never happier than when nerding out over the possibilities of user expectation with the talented workforce at DesignMap.

james@designmap.com

Jane has been fascinated by the interplay between art and technology since childhood, when she geeked out writing visual basic to create computer graphics on the family Apple IIe. As a BFA student at the San Francisco Art Institute, she quickly moved from photography to digital art when she discovered that artwork with interaction was much more exciting than flat images.

While still in school she began designing and creating websites for art galleries and start-ups. After graduation she worked as a webmaster for a company who’s primary client was NASA, creating sites from the ground up. She was responsible for UI, visual design, development and even maintaining web servers.

She then moved into advertising and marketing design at both an agency and as part of an in-house design team, working on brands such as Hitachi, Tektronix, Ricoh, Hotwire and Expedia. As a contractor, Jane has also worked on UI projects for Google and eBay.

In her free time, Jane has returned to photography, publishing and exhibiting her work.

jane@designmap.com

Jason is a user advocate with a fine arts background and an ability to do pretty much anything, as far as we can tell. He geeks out on wireframes, photoshop, media centers, and bikes.

Jason started his career as a Web Designer for Barnes and Noble.com in 2003. His roles since then have included such diverse titles as Creative Developer, Art Director, Flash Developer, and Director of Art and Design. His employers and clients have included NBC Universal, Merck & Co., and Garage Games. He received a BA in painting from the University of Florida.

jason@designmap.com

Always interested in Science and Mathematics, Josh originally studied Environmental Engineering before earning a BFA from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design where he trained in traditional print techniques, corporate branding, identity, environmental graphic design, packaging and web design.

Prior to joining DesignMap, he provided design and art direction for interactive, video and 3D animation programs for top brands in the pharmaceutical industry. His work has been used by Fortune 500 companies at trade shows, for websites, as iPad applications and almost every digital medium out there.

With 9 years working professionally as a Designer, Josh believes that with good design principles and enough research, any design problem can be successfully solved.

josh@designmap.com

Justin is Bay Area native who grew up around computers. This fascination with technology translated into an adult passion for building and designing systems that improve human interactions with technology. While pursuing a degree in cognitive science, Justin became fascinated with reducing the cognitive overhead users face while using technology products. This interest led him to user experience and UI design, and then to making designs come alive through UI development.

Prior to joining DesignMap, Justin helped design and develop data visualization tools for 140 Proof, a social advertising startup.

Outside of work Justin builds software projects with friends and explores the possibilities of augmented reality.

justin@designmap.com

Kana is our secret weapon. She is brilliant, quick, efficient, and has a work ethic that inspires us all. Kana’s quick, adept visual design work keeps projects humming along. She’s also fluent in Japanese, which makes our international client work go more smoothly.

Kana started her design career at San Francisco-based web design agency Central Station where she worked on a variety of projects, including a web portal, e-commerce sites, static web sites, interactive multimedia design and development, identity design and other print work. Kana has also helped with design and localization of packaging and user documentation for desktop publishing software, Foursis.

Before joining DesignMap, she worked on a health care web portal project for Ikana Media. Kana has a BA in Industrial Arts (Product Design and Development) from San Francisco State University.

kana@designmap.com

Maggie is driven by a need for everything to both look pleasing and make logical sense. Growing up, an affinity for art and technology instilled a love for design that makes up her very core. She views everything — including herself — as things to be improved upon.
 
As she was drawing and painting her way towards a BFA in Studio Art from CSULB, she simultaneously began her career as a graphic designer. Upon graduating and moving to the Bay Area, she became the UI designer at a small tech company. Gradually becoming more interested in UX, she moved on to study at General Assembly, where she adopted a process-driven design method that she is passionate about practicing.
 
When not at work, you’ll find her watching anime, crafting costumes, or playing video games with friends.

maggie@designmap.com

Marina likes tackling multifaceted design challenges, discovering patterns and opportunities in complex requirements and blending good design with software business objectives. She is, in her own words, “quite a nerd” about data and new technologies. 

Born and raised in the tiny Baltic country of Latvia where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Oriental studies, Marina started her design journey in Amsterdam. While there she honed her design skills working with and learning from several remarkable design studios on projects including customized community platforms and an in-flight entertainment system for a major European airline. After attending several design conferences in San Francisco, Marina made a permanent move to the Bay Area where she worked for several SaaS startups before joining DesignMap. 

When she’s not designing, she organizes a Travel Startup MeetUp and TravelTechCon (a conference for startups focused on building innovative travel technology), works on her own software products and is producing a documentary about remote workers. In her other free time, she enjoys traveling, writing and cooking.

marina@designmap.com

Maureen’s design philosophy eschews shiny distractions and focuses on creating stable, reliable digital products and services that empower users and stand the test of time.

Originally trained as a painter, Maureen holds a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduating and working at the RISD Museum’s costume and textile collection, Maureen moved to San Francisco where she became interested in technology (and in paying her rent). From 2005 to 2007, she earned her MSI in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Michigan and then began her career in interaction design. Before joining DesignMap, Maureen designed consumer and enterprise products companies such as Mozilla, Autodesk, and Yahoo.

In her free time Maureen knits, hikes and takes care of a new human, her daughter.

maureen@designmap.com

Micah believes that design and technology can be a conduit for meaningful change in people’s lives. Her years of experience solving problems at startups and companies with limited resources taught her how to lead and be creative under pressure. Today she focuses on bringing user needs and company business goals together through purposeful experiences.

Micah earned her BA in sociology and feminist studies from U.C. Santa Cruz and studied global finance and gender development in Cape Town, South Africa. She has 8 years experience leading visual design, marketing and program development at international and housing nonprofits. While participating in local hackathons, she fell in love with UX and was awarded General Assembly’s Design for Change Fellowship. She’s excited to hone her craft and learn from DesignMap’s incredibly talented team.

Outside of design, Micah enjoys graphic novels, geriatric cats and clever puns.

micah@designmap.com

Michael is a visual and interaction designer with an utterly unflappable and entirely positive perspective. He’s also an exceptional illustrator, bringing his talents to the creation of icons, illustrations, and storyboards.

Prior to joining DesignMap, Michael was the sole designer for Squaretree IT Projects responsible for web site design for clients such as the California Employers Association, Northern California Cardiology Associates, and Capital Engineering Consultants. At the same time, Michael created screen print illustrations for a small independent clothing company called Live In Synn. He graduated in 2005 from California State University (CSU), Sacramento with a B.S. in Graphic Design, earning the award for Best Portfolio. While attending CSU, he worked as a prepress production artist and completed an internship for the Sacramento State School of the Arts where he was instrumental in redesigning the School of the Arts identity system and print collateral.

michael@designmap.com

While attending The University of Colorado, Boulder for a degree in Environmental Science and Film, Morgan’s obsession with web technology began. He is captivated with great design and user experience. Being able to bridge the gap between a wonderful aesthetic and delivering something a user can “experience” and interact with is what makes Morgan tick. Here he’s able to work and collaborate closely with designers to make that happen.

Before joining DesignMap, Morgan spent time working with non-profits Convio, Inc, The American Diabetes Association, and security and privacy company AVG Technologies.

When Morgan isn’t thinking in pixels or javascript he enjoys ceramics, surfing, music, film, vinyl, telemark skiing, pugs and collecting art.

morgan@designmap.com

Nathan provides the real driving passion for our team. He has a deep love of the craft of design and fervor for doing the right thing, no matter what it takes.

Nathan was lucky to train under Paul Kahn and Krzysztof Lenk, leaders of the information architecture discipline, and meet and be inspired by alumni from his college. His focus in web-based application design continued at Aaron Marcus and Associates back in 1998, immediately after graduating. He then worked at Netscape under Hugh Dubberly, alongside Greg and Audrey. He earned his startup stripes as the lead designer of web services at Eazel, a company founded by the Apple engineers responsible for the original Macintosh user interface. From there went to Loudcloud, led by Marc Andreesson, and created interaction design standards for this industry-leading website monitoring and code change management system. VeriSign, Wells Fargo, Cisco, IAC, and many internet startups created the backbone of his practical understanding of user-centered design and then founded DesignMap in 2006.

Nathan has a BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design, and is as active in giving back to his school as time and distance allows.

nathan@designmap.com

Patrick is propelled by an innate need to tinker. Pulling things apart, seeing how they work, risking breakage and then reassembling them is a key part of his design process. Perhaps not-coincidentally, he spent several years building a successful bicycle repair non-profit. 

Prior to his current position at DesignMap, Patrick worked for two in-house design teams. In six years he steadily moved through print, web and eventually into product design roles.

Patrick holds a BFA in Graphic Design from RISD. He has a fiancee and a silly looking dog. When not at work, he’s probably drawing or riding one of several bicycles. 

patrick@designmap.com

When introduced to the world of print design in college, typography was Priyanka’s first love, which led to her career as a web designer. It was at that point when pixel definition met type hierarchies that she truly understood what designing interfaces was all about. She is very enthusiastic about user research and the process of cognitive psychology that drives decisions we make while creating successful user experiences. Her design philosophy can be summarized as simplicity with a touch of genius!

When she isn’t working, she is busy creating musicals with her dance troupe. Having danced since she was three, it is her biggest motivation in life. She also enjoys traveling in her free time.

priyanka@designmap.com

Rachel became interested in design when she went to her first museum exhibit at the age of five.

She was thrilled to be able to study art and design at the Rhode Island School of
Design where she graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2012. Rachel interned with DesignMap for a summer and loved it so much, she came back after graduating.

When she is not working, Rachel can be found skiing, chilling with her cat, or maintaining her status as “Mayor” of DesignMap.

rachel@designmap.com

Rob loves untangling complicated ideas, making sense of them, and then putting them back together in a clear, meaningful way. He never loses interest in making things better, and is undaunted by the most minute detail.

Before joining DesignMap, Rob worked at ProfitStreams where he was part of the team that worked on the product that won the Neilsen Norman Group Best User Experience award. During his stint at ProfitStreams, Rob did visual design, interaction design, prototyping and coding while he was there. Rob graduated in 2001 from State University of New York College at Oswego with a BFA in Graphic Design, and studied photography at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh.

rob@designmap.com

Rona is an ambitious and budding designer. She brings her honest and purposeful design process to the table, always being mindful of the story behind her solutions. She borrows ideas from studies of human tendencies, behaviors and perceptions and applies it creatively to craft wholesome user experiences. Rona also makes it a life goal to use design to make the world a better place.

While she was studying the human mind, her wandering eye for creativity led her to fall in love with design. She concurrently earned two degrees during her academia at San Francisco State University, earning a BA in Industrial Design and a BA in Psychology.

Before DesignMap, her various experiences consisted of saving the world (one kWh at a time) as an “owesome UX intern” at Opower to sharing the goodness of design to disadvantaged students at Thurgood Marshall High School. Outside of the design world, she holds the championship belt title for frequently defeating her dog in a staring contest.

rona@designmap.com

Ryan is a tall designer whose interests include “Computers” and “The Internet.”

Ryan began his career as a designer at Gerbig, Snell/Weisheimer (now Inventiv Health), building interactive experiences for clients such as Best Buy and Eli Lilly & Company. In 2000, he cofounded Tracermedia Interactive, and helped it grow from “Team Of Three In A Glorified Broom Closet” to “Team Of Twenty In A Really Cool Old Ex-Flour Mill.” In 2007, Ryan relocated to New York City, and focused on music-related projects – for clients (Domino, Matador, Beggar’s Group) as well as for his ongoing “Catbird” concern.

Despite the countless hours of coursework in the Fine Art, Industrial Design and Computer Science departments, Ryan’s BA from the Ohio State University actually reads “Telecommunications” across the top.

ryan@designmap.com

Sarah believes that design is in the details. From prototype to final product, she’s passionate about crafting meaningful experiences that delight users.

Sarah began her design career at a small branding studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Transitioning from a 5-woman team to a Fortune 500 company, Sarah worked at Best Buy as a UX designer focused on improving digital experiences for millions of users. After working on in-store applications, digital portals, and e-commerce websites, Sarah came to DesignMap to tackle the complexities of digital product design. She is excited to be back in a studio setting where she can continue to learn alongside knowledgable and experienced DM mentors.

Outside of design, she enjoys golfing, backpacking, and anything made with Cheese.

sarah@designmap.com

Scott brings an understanding of human emotion, desires and motivations to his research and design work.

After earning a BS in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, he worked as a mental health counselor in a variety of community settings. Seven years into this first career, he decided to transition to working in technology. He started with earning his MA in human-computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and then moved to San Francisco in 2006.

His experience includes seven years in benchmark usability, rapid iterative testing, CRM, and mobile research as well as design for CRM and mobile at SAP. He also worked for one year in design and research for EchoUser.

Scott is a cycling enthusiast and has travelled to the Alps multiple times to test his fitness on some of Europe’s classic climbs.

scott@designmap.com

Sean began his career as a design educator and department head in Singapore’s education system. His pet project that he remembers fondly was spearheading the pioneering use of Stanford d.school’s design thinking process in Singapore’s science curriculum with his school leaders.

Believing that design can play a greater role in other areas besides education, Sean packed his bags and left Singapore with his wife and daughter for his graduate studies in industrial design in the US. His graduate thesis work that involved co-designing in the healthcare industry won several international design awards including Core77 and Red Dot, which paved the way for him to share his work at IDSA International Conference and SXSW.

Becoming more intrigued in the realm between the digital and physical worlds, Sean joined IBM Design as the first wave of designers to herald the return of IBM’s design culture. He spent his time there exploring interactions with cognitive computing systems, B2B commerce platforms, and cyber security tools.

Sean has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering and a diploma in education from Nanyang Technology University (Singapore), as well as a master’s in industrial design and a graduate certificate in medical devices from North Carolina State University.

sean@designmap.com

Sunny is passionate about using technology to help those in need. She’s volunteered in Nairobi, Kenya teaching kids how to use a computer and she was most recently lead designer for engageSPARK, a Philippine-based social enterprise dedicated to using mobile technology to improve the lives of the extreme poor.
Sunny has ten years of experience as an interaction designer. She honed her UI design and research skills working at various Bay Area companies, including IBM and Yahoo!. After finishing her masters degree, she spent four years in London, working for British Telecom and Samsung Design Europe, and hopping on cheap flights and exploring different cities in Europe. Returning to the Bay Area, she went on to stints at Motorola and TripIt. Sunny graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with B.S. and holds an M.S. from the University of Michigan.

Outside of work, Sunny loves to read, hike and travel, and has recently learned to scuba dive. She is inspired by other DesignMap designers and their passion for producing quality work.

sunny@designmap.com

Tela is a naturally curious designer who loves exploring the lasting impact of design and technology on the world.

After several years as an in-house graphic designer for an architectural firm in Sacramento, Tela packed up and moved to San Francisco to pursue merging her design skills with technology. She holds a BFA in Visual Design and a BFA in Communications from the University of California, Davis.

When not designing or exploring design, you can usually find Tela investigating dessert shops and attempting to recreate delicious baked goodies at home.

tela@designmap.com

Whether the medium is a building or an application, Tiffany loves a good story. She thinks the best design stories are the ones that are driven by data and rooted in people.

After graduating with a BA in Architecture and minor in English from the University of California, Berkeley, Tiffany spent a year testing the professional waters at the Chez Panisse Foundation, Minted, and IDEO before joining architecture firm MKThink as a design strategist. Using a set of qualitative and quantitative analytical tools, she worked with clients ranging from the Oakland Unified School District to Mozilla to help them optimize the built environment for their users. Tiffany transitioned to the field of UX with the goal of continuing to create positive experiences for people and is excited to put her skills to use at DesignMap.

When not in the studio, Tiffany can be found trekking through the backcountry or living it up at Pug Sunday in Alta Vista Park.

tiffany@designmap.com

Our so-called “hybrid designer”, Tin supports the studio at all levels of the design process — from beginning to end. He loves to explore, experiment and observe.

Originally from Thailand where he worked as a Graphic Designer while earning a Bachelor’s in Communication Design (SoA+D, KMUTT), Tin came to the US to pursue an MFA in Web Design and New Media from Academy of Art University, San Francisco. He stayed in San Francisco in search of professional growth and to expand upon his main area of expertise — Interaction Design.

tin@designmap.com

Veronica’s passion and interest in design started with a career change into the tech field, working in user research at Carbon Five. Before that she was a pastry chef, researcher in environmental health, as well as working in public policy. Her previous and varied work experience lends to her design approach allowing her to empathize with people to create effective user centered design that ultimately makes the world a better place.

Outside of work, Veronica loves to hike and run, read, sketch and travel.

veronica@designmap.com

Wanda is a visual learner who quietly observes the world, delighting in the beautiful details that surround her. Her love for all things artistic began as a child, when she started recording her mind’s fascinations on paper. She is determined to continue her life’s journey in the arts.

After completing her BFA in graphic design at San Jose State University she put her design skills to work in the digital world, starting her visual design career in Silicon Valley. At DesignMap, she continues her passion for bringing delightful details to digital experience creations.

wanda@designmap.com

Adrienne is motivated by her desire to learn, grow, create and nurture. She has a keen eye for function and design.

Adrienne graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 with a BA in Visual Art and Graphic Design. In 2013 she relocated from Denver to San Francisco to pursue a career in the design field and experience all the Bay Area has to offer in the way of art, culture and wellness.

Before joining DesignMap Adrienne explored a wide variety of opportunities, including work as a freelance designer, an in-home caregiver and a yoga instructor.

When she’s not using her sorcery to manage the office logistics at DesignMap, you can find Adrienne  exploring the city by bicycle, perusing the Cities farmers’ markets, studying Iyengar Yoga, or in an airport somewhere in the world preparing to embark on her latest adventure.

adrienne@designmap.com

Anna likes to see the big picture, the way a series of systems can tell a story. But these systems don’t have to be technical ones: she holds an MA in Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she learned and wrote about the cultural, historical, and structural aspects of Minimal and Postminimal sculpture. After receiving a Master of Library Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Anna began a career as an art librarian at Stanford University.

Anna’s love of craft, visual experimentation, storytelling, and creative collaboration led her to change careers and enter the world of UX. Her years of working with information seekers have given her a deep understanding of the pleasure and empowerment that comes from a good user experience. She is excited to learn from her mentors, colleagues, and clients at DesignMap, and to work on products that make people’s lives easier and more productive.

In her spare time, Anna likes to collect pine cones, moss, and driftwood from her travels in the Pacific Northwest. She also enjoys making fun of her two gigantic cats.

anna@designmap.com

Audrey has worked in high tech for 15 years. As an Executive Producer at Netscape, she managed high-profile products such as Net Search, Netscape’s advertising program, MyNetscape, and Registration. For 6 years she worked at Dubberly Design Office with clients like Sun Microsystems, Palm Inc., Stanford University, Revolution Health, Opsware Inc., and Jotspot. She also served as the Vice President of Design at The Magellan Network, building a design practice that turned out several web-based and desktop applications. Audrey has presented work at conferences including DUX; About, With and For; BayCHI; and for the AIGA.

Audrey studied mathematics, English, and theatre during her undergraduate work. She has studied design at UC Berkeley and California College of Arts (CCA).

audrey@designmap.com

As a user experience designer, Barbara is interested in the ways, design paired with technology, can improve people’s lives. She is passionate about creating designs that put users first, provide utility as well as delight, and generate results for clients.

Barbara has ten years of experience working as a designer and has worked in a variety of environments from agencies to start-ups. She started out as a visual designer, but being more interested in the problem-solving aspects of design, transitioned into UX design. Over the years she has worked for clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab, UNICEF, Milkbone, the Smithsonian, and a variety of others. She holds a BFA from Macalester College, a small liberal arts school in Minnesota, and a MA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

When Barbara is not designing she enjoys running, playing ping pong, and watching the food network.

barb@designmap.com

Chad believes the primary requisites for any new web project are “responsive, responsive, responsive,” followed by a mobile-first and content-centric design. He has an appreciation for typography, grids and all the other discerning-elements-that-go-into-graphic-design stuff and enjoys collaborating with designers and programmers to craft user-friendly and elegant interfaces.

When not reading up on politics or web design, Chad is probably listening to music or playing board games.

chad@designmap.com

Christiana gets excited when she has the opportunity to create new work and play environments for users through well designed products and services. She especially enjoys the human part of human-centered design, including uncovering user needs through interviews, direct observation and other research methodologies.

Christiana’s interest in product design grew from a love for architecture and a brief career in real estate development. While providing business development and asset management for several buildings, she built a database to track communications with current and prospective clients and manage real estate negotiations. In the process of creating this business process management tool, she got hooked on digital product design. After going back to school for a Master in Design in interaction design at Carnegie Mellon University, Christiana moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to joining DesignMap, Christiana worked in-house at Citrix on complex enterprise technology products, which uncovered her predilection for getting technical.

When not in the design studio, Christiana can be found at the gym playing pick-up basketball or at the SF flower market looking for the next subjects of her ikebana flower arrangements.

christiana@designmap.com

Chuck found his way from advertising to interaction design through sheer love, substantial talent and proficiency in every aspect of the work. We all aspire to “the zen of Chuck:” an ability walk into any situation and calmly and competently make miracles happen.

Chuck started his career working as an advertising art director. As use of interactive components in advertising grew, he took on designing web sites to support ad campaigns. Interaction design work became his primary focus and eventually he went to work at Wells Fargo Bank as a user interface designer, working on the initial implementation of Bill Pay and the first redesign of Online Banking.

After briefly traveling the South Pacific in search of waves, he returned to San Francisco and took on leadership of Wells Fargo Bank’s designers, focusing on a broad array of projects including banking, brokerage, reporting, bill payments, and visioning for future products. Chuck moved on to Tibco to work with their AJAX toolkit, designing applications that enable enterprises to deploy, monitor and manage SOA Applications. Chuck graduated from the Visual Communications program at the University of Delaware.

chuck@designmap.com

Eric is a T-shaped designer with a strong interest in business and engineering. He thrives on design challenges that require balancing these disciplines with user goals.

Eric immigrated to the Bay Area from Chicago where he provided design services for a digital designer for a large PR agency, the launch of a lifelong learning product, a mobile real estate app and hundreds of rapid projects. He is a proud graduate of the ADMCi School for Digital Craftsmanship.

Outside of the office, Eric juggles his obsessions for lifelong learning and sailing, and a constant stream of experimental hobbies. By 2035, he hopes to design and build his own modern, full-sized schooner and sail it around the world.

eric@designmap.com

Greg brings a strong practical balance to the DesignMap partnership. He combines his deep passion for good, clear design with leading and growing a healthy and well-run business.

In addition to providing design direction for large-scale initiatives, Greg manages many of the other elements of running a business. Part CFO, part COO, part HR director, part Swedish furniture assembler, Greg divides his time many ways.

Greg has tackled design problems as tiny as packets (the TCP/IP kind) and as large as the healthcare system. Before joining DesignMap, Greg was a Senior Interaction Designer at the Dubberly Design Office where he worked on highly technical projects for large enterprise customers and a series of health care related projects for clients such as Allscripts, Revolution Health, and The Stanford Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

He began his career at TS Design in Boston (now part of RazorFish), where he worked on interface and strategy solutions for Fortune 500 companies, including 3M Company and Fleet Bank. He left TS Design to join America Online’s west-coast design staff, where he was responsible for the design of community and communications services and applications. Gregory has BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design.

greg@designmap.com

James’ eclectic background in art, landscape design and typography provides a unique foundation for creative thinking and unusual design solutions. He comes to DesignMap via a crooked path which began in the Midwest, wound through the desert Southwest and ultimately ended in San Francisco.

Once in the Bay Area, he attended the California College of the Arts (CCA), earning a BFA in Graphic Design.
While studying at CCA he worked at Psy/Ops Type Foundry, bumping elbows with some of the industry’s most accomplished type designers. After graduation from CCA, James joined Amazon Lab 126 where he was a member of the original UX team that designed the Kindle experience.

After a two-year stretch in start-up culture, James is thrilled to be back in a collegial design environment. He’s never happier than when nerding out over the possibilities of user expectation with the talented workforce at DesignMap.

james@designmap.com

Jane has been fascinated by the interplay between art and technology since childhood, when she geeked out writing visual basic to create computer graphics on the family Apple IIe. As a BFA student at the San Francisco Art Institute, she quickly moved from photography to digital art when she discovered that artwork with interaction was much more exciting than flat images.

While still in school she began designing and creating websites for art galleries and start-ups. After graduation she worked as a webmaster for a company who’s primary client was NASA, creating sites from the ground up. She was responsible for UI, visual design, development and even maintaining web servers.

She then moved into advertising and marketing design at both an agency and as part of an in-house design team, working on brands such as Hitachi, Tektronix, Ricoh, Hotwire and Expedia. As a contractor, Jane has also worked on UI projects for Google and eBay.

In her free time, Jane has returned to photography, publishing and exhibiting her work.

jane@designmap.com

Jason is a user advocate with a fine arts background and an ability to do pretty much anything, as far as we can tell. He geeks out on wireframes, photoshop, media centers, and bikes.

Jason started his career as a Web Designer for Barnes and Noble.com in 2003. His roles since then have included such diverse titles as Creative Developer, Art Director, Flash Developer, and Director of Art and Design. His employers and clients have included NBC Universal, Merck & Co., and Garage Games. He received a BA in painting from the University of Florida.

jason@designmap.com

Always interested in Science and Mathematics, Josh originally studied Environmental Engineering before earning a BFA from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design where he trained in traditional print techniques, corporate branding, identity, environmental graphic design, packaging and web design.

Prior to joining DesignMap, he provided design and art direction for interactive, video and 3D animation programs for top brands in the pharmaceutical industry. His work has been used by Fortune 500 companies at trade shows, for websites, as iPad applications and almost every digital medium out there.

With 9 years working professionally as a Designer, Josh believes that with good design principles and enough research, any design problem can be successfully solved.

josh@designmap.com

Justin is Bay Area native who grew up around computers. This fascination with technology translated into an adult passion for building and designing systems that improve human interactions with technology. While pursuing a degree in cognitive science, Justin became fascinated with reducing the cognitive overhead users face while using technology products. This interest led him to user experience and UI design, and then to making designs come alive through UI development.

Prior to joining DesignMap, Justin helped design and develop data visualization tools for 140 Proof, a social advertising startup.

Outside of work Justin builds software projects with friends and explores the possibilities of augmented reality.

justin@designmap.com

Kana is our secret weapon. She is brilliant, quick, efficient, and has a work ethic that inspires us all. Kana’s quick, adept visual design work keeps projects humming along. She’s also fluent in Japanese, which makes our international client work go more smoothly.

Kana started her design career at San Francisco-based web design agency Central Station where she worked on a variety of projects, including a web portal, e-commerce sites, static web sites, interactive multimedia design and development, identity design and other print work. Kana has also helped with design and localization of packaging and user documentation for desktop publishing software, Foursis.

Before joining DesignMap, she worked on a health care web portal project for Ikana Media. Kana has a BA in Industrial Arts (Product Design and Development) from San Francisco State University.

kana@designmap.com

Maggie is driven by a need for everything to both look pleasing and make logical sense. Growing up, an affinity for art and technology instilled a love for design that makes up her very core. She views everything — including herself — as things to be improved upon.
 
As she was drawing and painting her way towards a BFA in Studio Art from CSULB, she simultaneously began her career as a graphic designer. Upon graduating and moving to the Bay Area, she became the UI designer at a small tech company. Gradually becoming more interested in UX, she moved on to study at General Assembly, where she adopted a process-driven design method that she is passionate about practicing.
 
When not at work, you’ll find her watching anime, crafting costumes, or playing video games with friends.

maggie@designmap.com

Marina likes tackling multifaceted design challenges, discovering patterns and opportunities in complex requirements and blending good design with software business objectives. She is, in her own words, “quite a nerd” about data and new technologies. 

Born and raised in the tiny Baltic country of Latvia where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Oriental studies, Marina started her design journey in Amsterdam. While there she honed her design skills working with and learning from several remarkable design studios on projects including customized community platforms and an in-flight entertainment system for a major European airline. After attending several design conferences in San Francisco, Marina made a permanent move to the Bay Area where she worked for several SaaS startups before joining DesignMap. 

When she’s not designing, she organizes a Travel Startup MeetUp and TravelTechCon (a conference for startups focused on building innovative travel technology), works on her own software products and is producing a documentary about remote workers. In her other free time, she enjoys traveling, writing and cooking.

marina@designmap.com

Maureen’s design philosophy eschews shiny distractions and focuses on creating stable, reliable digital products and services that empower users and stand the test of time.

Originally trained as a painter, Maureen holds a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduating and working at the RISD Museum’s costume and textile collection, Maureen moved to San Francisco where she became interested in technology (and in paying her rent). From 2005 to 2007, she earned her MSI in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Michigan and then began her career in interaction design. Before joining DesignMap, Maureen designed consumer and enterprise products companies such as Mozilla, Autodesk, and Yahoo.

In her free time Maureen knits, hikes and takes care of a new human, her daughter.

maureen@designmap.com

Micah believes that design and technology can be a conduit for meaningful change in people’s lives. Her years of experience solving problems at startups and companies with limited resources taught her how to lead and be creative under pressure. Today she focuses on bringing user needs and company business goals together through purposeful experiences.

Micah earned her BA in sociology and feminist studies from U.C. Santa Cruz and studied global finance and gender development in Cape Town, South Africa. She has 8 years experience leading visual design, marketing and program development at international and housing nonprofits. While participating in local hackathons, she fell in love with UX and was awarded General Assembly’s Design for Change Fellowship. She’s excited to hone her craft and learn from DesignMap’s incredibly talented team.

Outside of design, Micah enjoys graphic novels, geriatric cats and clever puns.

micah@designmap.com

Michael is a visual and interaction designer with an utterly unflappable and entirely positive perspective. He’s also an exceptional illustrator, bringing his talents to the creation of icons, illustrations, and storyboards.

Prior to joining DesignMap, Michael was the sole designer for Squaretree IT Projects responsible for web site design for clients such as the California Employers Association, Northern California Cardiology Associates, and Capital Engineering Consultants. At the same time, Michael created screen print illustrations for a small independent clothing company called Live In Synn. He graduated in 2005 from California State University (CSU), Sacramento with a B.S. in Graphic Design, earning the award for Best Portfolio. While attending CSU, he worked as a prepress production artist and completed an internship for the Sacramento State School of the Arts where he was instrumental in redesigning the School of the Arts identity system and print collateral.

michael@designmap.com

While attending The University of Colorado, Boulder for a degree in Environmental Science and Film, Morgan’s obsession with web technology began. He is captivated with great design and user experience. Being able to bridge the gap between a wonderful aesthetic and delivering something a user can “experience” and interact with is what makes Morgan tick. Here he’s able to work and collaborate closely with designers to make that happen.

Before joining DesignMap, Morgan spent time working with non-profits Convio, Inc, The American Diabetes Association, and security and privacy company AVG Technologies.

When Morgan isn’t thinking in pixels or javascript he enjoys ceramics, surfing, music, film, vinyl, telemark skiing, pugs and collecting art.

morgan@designmap.com

Nathan provides the real driving passion for our team. He has a deep love of the craft of design and fervor for doing the right thing, no matter what it takes.

Nathan was lucky to train under Paul Kahn and Krzysztof Lenk, leaders of the information architecture discipline, and meet and be inspired by alumni from his college. His focus in web-based application design continued at Aaron Marcus and Associates back in 1998, immediately after graduating. He then worked at Netscape under Hugh Dubberly, alongside Greg and Audrey. He earned his startup stripes as the lead designer of web services at Eazel, a company founded by the Apple engineers responsible for the original Macintosh user interface. From there went to Loudcloud, led by Marc Andreesson, and created interaction design standards for this industry-leading website monitoring and code change management system. VeriSign, Wells Fargo, Cisco, IAC, and many internet startups created the backbone of his practical understanding of user-centered design and then founded DesignMap in 2006.

Nathan has a BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design, and is as active in giving back to his school as time and distance allows.

nathan@designmap.com

Patrick is propelled by an innate need to tinker. Pulling things apart, seeing how they work, risking breakage and then reassembling them is a key part of his design process. Perhaps not-coincidentally, he spent several years building a successful bicycle repair non-profit. 

Prior to his current position at DesignMap, Patrick worked for two in-house design teams. In six years he steadily moved through print, web and eventually into product design roles.

Patrick holds a BFA in Graphic Design from RISD. He has a fiancee and a silly looking dog. When not at work, he’s probably drawing or riding one of several bicycles. 

patrick@designmap.com

When introduced to the world of print design in college, typography was Priyanka’s first love, which led to her career as a web designer. It was at that point when pixel definition met type hierarchies that she truly understood what designing interfaces was all about. She is very enthusiastic about user research and the process of cognitive psychology that drives decisions we make while creating successful user experiences. Her design philosophy can be summarized as simplicity with a touch of genius!

When she isn’t working, she is busy creating musicals with her dance troupe. Having danced since she was three, it is her biggest motivation in life. She also enjoys traveling in her free time.

priyanka@designmap.com

Rachel became interested in design when she went to her first museum exhibit at the age of five.

She was thrilled to be able to study art and design at the Rhode Island School of
Design where she graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2012. Rachel interned with DesignMap for a summer and loved it so much, she came back after graduating.

When she is not working, Rachel can be found skiing, chilling with her cat, or maintaining her status as “Mayor” of DesignMap.

rachel@designmap.com

Rob loves untangling complicated ideas, making sense of them, and then putting them back together in a clear, meaningful way. He never loses interest in making things better, and is undaunted by the most minute detail.

Before joining DesignMap, Rob worked at ProfitStreams where he was part of the team that worked on the product that won the Neilsen Norman Group Best User Experience award. During his stint at ProfitStreams, Rob did visual design, interaction design, prototyping and coding while he was there. Rob graduated in 2001 from State University of New York College at Oswego with a BFA in Graphic Design, and studied photography at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh.

rob@designmap.com

Rona is an ambitious and budding designer. She brings her honest and purposeful design process to the table, always being mindful of the story behind her solutions. She borrows ideas from studies of human tendencies, behaviors and perceptions and applies it creatively to craft wholesome user experiences. Rona also makes it a life goal to use design to make the world a better place.

While she was studying the human mind, her wandering eye for creativity led her to fall in love with design. She concurrently earned two degrees during her academia at San Francisco State University, earning a BA in Industrial Design and a BA in Psychology.

Before DesignMap, her various experiences consisted of saving the world (one kWh at a time) as an “owesome UX intern” at Opower to sharing the goodness of design to disadvantaged students at Thurgood Marshall High School. Outside of the design world, she holds the championship belt title for frequently defeating her dog in a staring contest.

rona@designmap.com

Ryan is a tall designer whose interests include “Computers” and “The Internet.”

Ryan began his career as a designer at Gerbig, Snell/Weisheimer (now Inventiv Health), building interactive experiences for clients such as Best Buy and Eli Lilly & Company. In 2000, he cofounded Tracermedia Interactive, and helped it grow from “Team Of Three In A Glorified Broom Closet” to “Team Of Twenty In A Really Cool Old Ex-Flour Mill.” In 2007, Ryan relocated to New York City, and focused on music-related projects – for clients (Domino, Matador, Beggar’s Group) as well as for his ongoing “Catbird” concern.

Despite the countless hours of coursework in the Fine Art, Industrial Design and Computer Science departments, Ryan’s BA from the Ohio State University actually reads “Telecommunications” across the top.

ryan@designmap.com

Sarah believes that design is in the details. From prototype to final product, she’s passionate about crafting meaningful experiences that delight users.

Sarah began her design career at a small branding studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Transitioning from a 5-woman team to a Fortune 500 company, Sarah worked at Best Buy as a UX designer focused on improving digital experiences for millions of users. After working on in-store applications, digital portals, and e-commerce websites, Sarah came to DesignMap to tackle the complexities of digital product design. She is excited to be back in a studio setting where she can continue to learn alongside knowledgable and experienced DM mentors.

Outside of design, she enjoys golfing, backpacking, and anything made with Cheese.

sarah@designmap.com

Scott brings an understanding of human emotion, desires and motivations to his research and design work.

After earning a BS in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, he worked as a mental health counselor in a variety of community settings. Seven years into this first career, he decided to transition to working in technology. He started with earning his MA in human-computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and then moved to San Francisco in 2006.

His experience includes seven years in benchmark usability, rapid iterative testing, CRM, and mobile research as well as design for CRM and mobile at SAP. He also worked for one year in design and research for EchoUser.

Scott is a cycling enthusiast and has travelled to the Alps multiple times to test his fitness on some of Europe’s classic climbs.

scott@designmap.com

Sean began his career as a design educator and department head in Singapore’s education system. His pet project that he remembers fondly was spearheading the pioneering use of Stanford d.school’s design thinking process in Singapore’s science curriculum with his school leaders.

Believing that design can play a greater role in other areas besides education, Sean packed his bags and left Singapore with his wife and daughter for his graduate studies in industrial design in the US. His graduate thesis work that involved co-designing in the healthcare industry won several international design awards including Core77 and Red Dot, which paved the way for him to share his work at IDSA International Conference and SXSW.

Becoming more intrigued in the realm between the digital and physical worlds, Sean joined IBM Design as the first wave of designers to herald the return of IBM’s design culture. He spent his time there exploring interactions with cognitive computing systems, B2B commerce platforms, and cyber security tools.

Sean has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering and a diploma in education from Nanyang Technology University (Singapore), as well as a master’s in industrial design and a graduate certificate in medical devices from North Carolina State University.

sean@designmap.com

Sunny is passionate about using technology to help those in need. She’s volunteered in Nairobi, Kenya teaching kids how to use a computer and she was most recently lead designer for engageSPARK, a Philippine-based social enterprise dedicated to using mobile technology to improve the lives of the extreme poor.
Sunny has ten years of experience as an interaction designer. She honed her UI design and research skills working at various Bay Area companies, including IBM and Yahoo!. After finishing her masters degree, she spent four years in London, working for British Telecom and Samsung Design Europe, and hopping on cheap flights and exploring different cities in Europe. Returning to the Bay Area, she went on to stints at Motorola and TripIt. Sunny graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with B.S. and holds an M.S. from the University of Michigan.

Outside of work, Sunny loves to read, hike and travel, and has recently learned to scuba dive. She is inspired by other DesignMap designers and their passion for producing quality work.

sunny@designmap.com

Tela is a naturally curious designer who loves exploring the lasting impact of design and technology on the world.

After several years as an in-house graphic designer for an architectural firm in Sacramento, Tela packed up and moved to San Francisco to pursue merging her design skills with technology. She holds a BFA in Visual Design and a BFA in Communications from the University of California, Davis.

When not designing or exploring design, you can usually find Tela investigating dessert shops and attempting to recreate delicious baked goodies at home.

tela@designmap.com

Whether the medium is a building or an application, Tiffany loves a good story. She thinks the best design stories are the ones that are driven by data and rooted in people.

After graduating with a BA in Architecture and minor in English from the University of California, Berkeley, Tiffany spent a year testing the professional waters at the Chez Panisse Foundation, Minted, and IDEO before joining architecture firm MKThink as a design strategist. Using a set of qualitative and quantitative analytical tools, she worked with clients ranging from the Oakland Unified School District to Mozilla to help them optimize the built environment for their users. Tiffany transitioned to the field of UX with the goal of continuing to create positive experiences for people and is excited to put her skills to use at DesignMap.

When not in the studio, Tiffany can be found trekking through the backcountry or living it up at Pug Sunday in Alta Vista Park.

tiffany@designmap.com

Our so-called “hybrid designer”, Tin supports the studio at all levels of the design process — from beginning to end. He loves to explore, experiment and observe.

Originally from Thailand where he worked as a Graphic Designer while earning a Bachelor’s in Communication Design (SoA+D, KMUTT), Tin came to the US to pursue an MFA in Web Design and New Media from Academy of Art University, San Francisco. He stayed in San Francisco in search of professional growth and to expand upon his main area of expertise — Interaction Design.

tin@designmap.com

Veronica’s passion and interest in design started with a career change into the tech field, working in user research at Carbon Five. Before that she was a pastry chef, researcher in environmental health, as well as working in public policy. Her previous and varied work experience lends to her design approach allowing her to empathize with people to create effective user centered design that ultimately makes the world a better place.

Outside of work, Veronica loves to hike and run, read, sketch and travel.

veronica@designmap.com

Wanda is a visual learner who quietly observes the world, delighting in the beautiful details that surround her. Her love for all things artistic began as a child, when she started recording her mind’s fascinations on paper. She is determined to continue her life’s journey in the arts.

After completing her BFA in graphic design at San Jose State University she put her design skills to work in the digital world, starting her visual design career in Silicon Valley. At DesignMap, she continues her passion for bringing delightful details to digital experience creations.

wanda@designmap.com