All Projects

A collection of my favorite projects that I've worked on.

Automatic Alt Text
Automatic Alt Text is a service that makes documents more accessible for people with cognitive and vision disabilities by using computer vision to add alt text to photos in Microsoft Office documents. I dreamt up this project as part of an alt text experience redesign, and drove it from just an idea idea through research, design, and implementation. I collaborated across Microsoft and across the accessibility community, and I had the opportunity to work with many talented engineers to make this project a reality. Today, Automatic Alt Text creates alt text for more than 2 million images every day, improving equal access of documents for everyone.

My Role

Researcher Designer Project Manager View project
EQ Assistant
Communicating via text can be challenging, especially for people with cognitive disabilities. EQ Assistant aims reduce miscommunication problems by enriching text communication with more emotional cues generated via sentiment analysis and machine learning. I worked with a small team at the University of Washington to research, ideate, and design the EQ Assistant solution. I was responsible for conducting interviews, creating prototypes, visual design, and analyzing qualitative data.

My Role

Researcher Designer View project
Assist
Assist is a micro-volunteering platform that enables anyone to request help from volunteers in their community. This idea was born from Inclusive Design methodology. Our team began by focusing on ways to help people with vision impairments navigate new spaces. Assist represents a solution that meets both the needs of people with vision impairments as well as those of people with many other permanent, temporary, and situational disabilities. I was reponsible for conducting user research, visual and interaction design, prototyping, and designing usability study protocols.

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Researcher Designer View project
CAMS Suicide Prevention
CAMS is a suicide prevention therapy where clinicians and patients work together to understand suicidality and come up with a treatment plan. Today, CAMS is completed via a series of paper forms. I have been working with the creator of CAMS and psychiatrists in the Seattle area to bring CAMS to the digital world using digital pens and Microsoft Word so that it can reach more people than ever before.

My Role

Designer Developer Project Manager
Ink Editor
I worked with a team of engineers and designers to improve the Ink Editor feature in Microsoft Word. Ink Editor enables users to edit documents in a more natural way through the use of proofreading gestures. We added new gestures and improved the way the feature works by leveraging insights from user research.

My Role

Designer Researcher Project Manager
Ink in Windows Mail
I worked as the primary project manager and designer on a multidisciplinary team to bring digital ink to the Windows Mail app. This set of features enables Mail users to create drawings and annotate images in their emails. The project involved design and engineering coordination across five teams within Microsoft.

My Role

Designer Researcher Project Manager
ImgBot
I contribute to an open source project that aims to make the internet run faster by automatically optimizing images in GitHub repositories. I was responsible for designing the logo, pull requests, and the core app website and documentation. ImgBot is installed in more than 50,000 GitHub repositories.

My Role

Designer Marketing Lead
EarSketch
I worked with a team of graduate researchers at Georgia Tech to develop EarSketch, an interactive curriculum for teaching Computer Science through music remixing. The project aimed to increase retention of underrepresented minorities in computing. My primary role was curriculum development and qualitative research to understand the program’s effectiveness.

My Role

Researcher Writer
MARS
The Microsoft Audience Response System was a Microsoft hackathon project that brought interactive polling to PowerPoint. We interviewed teachers from all over the world to gather requirements for and build this project. I was the designer, researcher, and program manager on the project.

My Role

Designer Researcher
Office Remote
I was the Program Manager and Designer to bring the Office Remote app to Android. Office Remote is an app that allows someone to use their phone to control any Office document as they present. I updated the design of the app and redesigned the first run and set up experiences to increase app engagement. I worked with an engineering team to implement the design changes.

My Role

Designer Project Manager

Presentations and Interviews

Disability is a Design Problem

I presented about inclusive at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing in Houston, TX. My presentation focused on defining and making a case for Includive Design, as well as providing actionable tips for implementing Inclusive Design methodology and accessibility best practices in the workplace.

Accessibility at Microsoft Interview

I did an interview with Benetech, a non-profit that focuses on software for social good. We discussed Microsoft's commitment to accessibility and culture change happening within Microsoft. Read the interview here.