Pebble Infant Showerhead

Pebble was created for a sponsored studio by Delta Faucet Company. Since my prompt was as simple as to design a shower head for an infant, I decided to go in-depth in determining what kinds of problems parents experience with bathing their children. An additional requirement on the project was to use Delta's H2Okinetic shower technology as the spray source in our result. The spray "chips" as well as the massage array in this system are designed to create a greater sensation of water pressure, and a more even distribution of heat throughout the spray.

A conversation with parents

"We do have a removable shower head and can adjust flow/ temperature at a central place in the shower, but can't control anything on the shower head"

"It would be made out of some rubber material, soft and pliable."

"There's no way to adjust the flow at the handle so you're stuck with whatever setting you have on the main shower valve."

"...[a cup] can get dirty (shower mold/ mildew), water will run onto my daughter's face (big fuss is made), or the kids want to play with the cup and won't relinquish it for my use."

Ideation

Parents needed to be able to control the flow of water with one hand, at the shower head itself so that they could temporarily shut off the water without changing the temperature.

I established a shape which fits well in the hand and allows parents to maintain a grip, even when the surface is wet.

Gamestop's Mobile Retail Experience
Healthier Worksite Lighting with Caterpillar

Skills

  • User-centered Design Methods
  • Feature Roadmapping
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • User Research Methods
  • Concept Testing
  • Usability Testing
  • Wireframing

Tools

  • Sketch
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Invision
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • SASS
  • Javascript

Hobbies

Experience

Senior Designer, USAA

Austin, TX | 2016

At USAA, I have been leading teams on two separate projects, helping deliver human-centered design training courses to product owners and engineers, and leading the facilitation of cross-disciplinary concept development workshops for a number of projects in the primary banking space.

UX Designer, IBM Security

Austin, TX | 2016

After helping with bootcamp, I began leading the formalization of the information architecture practice for IBM's cybersecurity products. This took the form of IA and navigation pattern development for a number of products directly. I also was charged with generalizing some of my findings and conclusions as broad navigation patterns and IA strategies for the IBM Security Pattern Library.

IBM Design Bootcamp Facilitator

Austin, TX | 2016

In 2016, I got the opportunity to take a temporary role with the design education team, facilitating a one quarter onboarding program for new hires called IBM Design Bootcamp. I was responsible for a team of twelve designers in three groups. Each group worked on a critical user problem with our cloud product. They were exposed to research methodologies, design thinking practices such as empathy mapping, journey mapping, vignetting, and diverge/ converge concept development, as well as execution principles like globalization, accessibility, the web as a medium, and more.

UX Designer, IBM Cloud

Austin, TX | 2014

IBM gave me the chance to merge computer science and industrial design in a way that felt like another turn of the page on my journey as a maker. I redesigned IBM's SaaS catalog for what was then called Bluemix. I also helped create a sweeping new concept for how to service all of IBM's IaaS and SaaS offerings in one management system. This project taught me the value of designing in the browser directly with code, the importance of developing razor-sharp subject matter expertise, and how to plan large amounts of work into sensible, well documented, sized tasks.

Junior Designer, Streng Design

New York, NY | 2013

Back at Streng, I contributed concept sketching, CAD modeling and rendering. We worked on projects for KitchenAid, PepsiCo and more.

Intern, Streng Design

New York, NY | 2012

As an intern, I participated in designing a new restaurant soda fountain for PepsiCo. I was responsible for the ergonomic and form development for a cartridge handle. I got to disect engineering prototypes to determine requirements, sketch tons of concepts, and create physical and digital models.

Switched to Industrial Design

2009

After a lot of soul searching, I changed my major to industrial design. Computer science felt like a path to create new technologies. But what I wanted was to start with human problems, and then look at the systems that could solve those problems well. I really found myself in design, and ended up winning second place in the local IDSA merit award.

Intern, WinMill Software

2008 | New York, NY

As an intern at WinMill, I had to get up to speed fast on languages I hadn't learned yet like ASP.net and SQL. I contributed to projects for Unilever, building software that documented the chemical recipes for competitor products, and internal tooling for the Motion Picture Editor's guild.

Purdue University, Computer Science

West Lafayette, IN | 2007

When I started at Purdue, I was learning Java, C, C++, MIPS assembly, data structures, linear algebra, and even created my own rendering engine (which ended up helping a lot with my ID sketching, incidentally.)

Photography Assistant, Visual Waves Commercial Photography

New York, NY | 2007

In 2007 I grabbed an opportunity to assist a commercial photographer named William Vazquez. Having had a full school year since my time at CMU, I wanted to try other areas of the arts, but found that my passion was as a maker.

Carnegie Mellon Pre-College for Design

Pittsburgh, PA | 2005

In the summer of 2005, I took introductory design courses at Carnegie Mellon. The coursework on product design completely changed the way I saw the man-made world. Understanding that there was some kind of considered human intent behind everything around us was a beautiful, ennobling realization.


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					<h2 class="project-tile__title">GameStop Mobile App</h2>
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					<p class="project-tile__attributes">front end development</p>
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					<p class="project-tile__attributes">industrial design</p>
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					<h2 class="project-tile__title">Pebble Infant Showerhead</h2>
					<p class="project-tile__attributes">industrial design</p>
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					<p class="project-tile__attributes">industrial design</p>
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      <h3 class="about-section__credential-header">Skills</h3>
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        <li class="about-section__credential-list-item">User-centered Design</li>
        <li class="about-section__credential-list-item">Rapid Iteration</li>
        <li class="about-section__credential-list-item">User Research</li>
        <li class="about-section__credential-list-item">Mobile-first Design</li>
        <li class="about-section__credential-list-item">Front End Development</li>
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          <a href="http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/astronomy/astronomy-binoculars/skymaster-15x70-binocular" target="blank">Stargazing</a>
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          <a href="http://www.netflix.com/title/70202589" target="blank">Netflixgazing</a>
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          <a href="https://github.com/dzaharia1/" target="blank">Coding knick knacks</a>
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          <a href="http://photography.danzaharia.com/" target="blank">Photography</a>
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        <p class="about-section__story-date">2005</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">Carnegie Mellon Pre-college for Design
          <span class="about-section__story-location">– Pittsburgh, PA</span></h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">In the summer of 2005, I thought
          I'd get my toes wet in design at my brother's alma mater, Carnegie Mellon.
          It was the most comprehensive introduction to this field I could have ever
          hoped for.</p>
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        <p class="about-section__story-date">2007</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">Photography Assistant, Visual Waves
          Commercial Photography <span class="about-section__story-location">–
          New York, NY</span></h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">In 2007, impatient to be move
          on from high school, I grabbed an opportunity to assist a commercial
          photographer named <a href="http://www.williamvazquez.com/" target="blank">
          William Vazquez</a>.</p>
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      <div class="about-section__story-content">
        <p class="about-section__story-date">2007</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">Purdue University, Computer
          Science <span class="about-section__story-location">– West Lafayette,
          IN</span></h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">I had been writing code since
          my sophomore year in high school. Passionate about computers and the web,
          I saw computer science as a way of bringing together making and code
          in a neat package.</p>
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    </div>
    <div class="about-section__story-container">
      <div class="about-section__story-notch"></div>
      <div class="about-section__story-content">
        <p class="about-section__story-date">2008</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">Intern, WinMill Software
          <span class="about-section__story-location">– New York, NY</span></h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">Even after a year studying
          computer science at Purdue, I still needed some insight into what I
          would really be doing in the industry. WinMill gave me independence,
          an awareness of how many people depend on a single deadline, and a lot
          of room to explore my skills as a programmer.</p>
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      <div class="about-section__story-content">
        <p class="about-section__story-date">2009</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">Switched to Industrial Design</h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">After a lot of soul searching,
          I realized that computer science wasn't fulfilling my interest in solving
          actual human problems. I felt as though I was being trained in how to use
          technology, not in how to use technology as a tool to drive real change.
          I made a course correction that changed my life.</p>
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        <p class="about-section__story-date">2012</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">Intern, Streng Design
          <span class="about-section__story-location">– New York, NY</span></h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">I spent this summer designing
          handles for a hush hush new appliance design for PepsiCo.</p>
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      <div class="about-section__story-content">
        <p class="about-section__story-date">2013</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">Junior Designer, Streng Design
          <span class="about-section__story-location">– New York, NY</span></h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">I had to come back to Streng.
          It was a small environment where I could really spread my wings.
          Sketching, CAD, renderings, concept development. I ate up as much work
          as I could find to do.</p>
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        <p class="about-section__story-date">2014</p>
        <h4 class="about-section__story-title">UX Designer, IBM Bluemix <span class="about-section__story-location">– Austin, TX</span></h4>
        <p class="about-section__story-description">I originally came to IBM to practice
        industrial design for enterprise servers. But early on, I was confronted
        with the opportunity to move over to IBM Design, a budding, design-led
        movement to modernize IBM's entire software product development process.
        Suddenly, my job title changed to UX Designer, and I found myself as not
        only a designer, but also as an educator and design advocate helping steer
        the colossal, inertial ship that is IBM toward design thinking and user
        focused innovation.</p>
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