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Copyright 2019 Rachel Pollock. All rights reserved.

I consider myself

a human-centered designer above any other title.

No matter what I'm designing, human-centered design philosophy and methodology guides my process.  

 

Here are a few design things I love:

design research / UX design / UI design / design workshop facilitation /

design for sustainability / biomimetic design / service design /

design for accessibility

 

I'm deeply passionate about teaching design as well.  Over the last seven years, I've participated in and facilitated workshops under a variety of design thinking frameworks and practices, including LUMA Institute's Human-Centered Design methodology, Google's Design Sprint framework, and IBM's Enterprise Design Thinking.  I'm a certified Enterprise Design Thinking Practitioner.

 

when I'm not designing...

You can probably find me caring for my leafy 🌱 (and sometimes spiky 🌵) friends, exploring the woods, testing out a new recipe, chilling with friends at a coffee shop, carefully curating a Spotify playlist, or researching my way to a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle.  

 

About ME

how did I get here?

my design story

Perhaps you’d understand me better if I told you a little bit about how
I got here.

 

My designer-like tendencies started at a very young age.  Long before I knew the meaning of information architecture, I was obsessed with organizing, categorizing, and making sense of information.

 

I spent many a vacation day sorting and re-sorting rocks I’d found.  At any big family event, I’d survey everyone’s favorite colors or favorite shapes and create graphs based on my findings. 

 

But I also had a creative spark.  I found myself creating constantly, but always with a problem-solving motivation.  One of my favorite art class projects from high school was an infographic I created after reading and analyzing scientific journal articles on a vision disorder that affects my family.  Later, I took an interdisciplinary human-centered design class in which we utilized design thinking methods to solve problems for local businesses.

 

And that's when I discovered my passion: design.

 

A profession that encouraged my nerdy obsession with information AND creativity?  It seemed too good to be true. I set my sights on becoming a designer and did everything I could to get there.  When I finally got to design school, it was love at first task flow.

 

Now, I'm living the dream studying Graphic Design at North Carolina State University (a program I chose for its UX-heavy curriculum).  At NC State, I’ve collaborated with several multidisciplinary teams to design solutions for a variety of companies and organizations, from SAS, IBM, Marbles Kids Museum, and NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.  I've also worked as a UX/UI intern for two awesome companies: Module and BCG Platinion.   

 

My favorite thing about design is its interdisciplinary nature; I love to combine my love for design and research with my interests in science, technology, sustainability etc.  My biggest inspiration is the natural world. Right now, I do a little bit of everything, from UI design to exhibition design and service design (I’ve even dabbled briefly in biomimetic design and let me tell you, it was super fun!).  

 

I’m eager to learn and I’d love to work with you!

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