About Me

Games. Experiences. Interactions.

I like to think that my eyes sparkle just like an anime character!

About Me
I am a game designer. I am an experience designer. I am a person whose trajectory in games has been the road less traveled. And, honestly? That in itself has allowed me to think about interactions, designs, and frameworks in a way that’s a little more playful. Now, you may (or may not) be asking, “how is a game designer also an interaction designer ?” That is an excellent question!
I have had the pleasure of creating socially impactful games and apps for health interventions. I move between interaction design and game design every other day and have come to the conclusion that game design is just a hyper-specialized version of interaction design. Games are built around mechanics, microinteractions a player has with a rule-based system. These interactions combine to create in-game actions and behaviors to which a player will have an affective response.  
Interactions happens at a variety of scales. At its smallest scales, I focus on microinteractions. As we change scales, these microinteractions move from simple tasks to activities to large-interconnected services (macrointeractions). However, devices are continuously evolving: desktops, laptops, smartphones, virtual reality, augmented reality, and now the internet of things. The world becomes our interface, a possibility space for interactions not only with content, but environments, and other individuals. It is from this space I draw my inspirations.
As a game designer I have a passion for creating play-centric experiences while telling deep and meaningful stories about the human condition.  I chose this career path due to the nature of the medium being highly immersive and interactive.  Developing engaging game mechanics and interactions is what I do best. 
I am currently the Learning Technology Director at The University of Chicago's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab. 
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