portfolio

Team Umizoomi PlaySquare Nomster Chef Unlock Me dSchool Animail Gadget Girls Protolyfe Octave the Octopus Blog Dora Balancing Pointe Documentary

Team Umizoomi

Working in Umizoomi Office Umizoomi Storyboard Umizoomi Extra

about the project

"Team Umizoomi" is a hit preschool TV show about tiny superheroes that use math to save the day. It began airing on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. in 2010, and has entertained and taught preschoolers all around the world ever since.

what I did

I worked on seasons 2-4 of the show, starting as a Production Assistant and ending as a Production/Storyboard Coordinator. My primary responsibilities included preparing for the live action shoots, scheduling and attending voiceover recording sessions, and helping to manage the storyboard artists.

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PlaySquare

A Christmas Present for Dog A Christmas Present for Dog A Christmas Present for Dog

about the project

PlaySquare is an preschool app startup that takes episodes of the PBS Kids literacy TV show "WordWorld" and turns them into interactive "appisodes" on the iPad.

what I did

I was a Writer/Associate Producer at PlaySquare. I took finished episodes of "WordWorld" and determined where to add interactivity to the story. I designed the interactions and preliminary layouts of the interactive moments, and wrote the dialogue that supported the interactivity. To check out one of these apps, go here to download "A Christmas Present for Dog" for free from the iTunes store.

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Nomster Chef

Nomster Chef overview Nomster Chef recipe Nomster Chef tomatoes

LDT Expo Nomster Chef box Nomster Chef video shoot

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about the project

Nomster Chef is my master's thesis project from Stanford's Learning, Design and Technology program. The inspiration came from two facts: 1.) a person's life-long eating habits are developed in the preschool years, and 2.) children are more likely to try meals that they have helped cook. Nomster Chef helps parents and preschoolers cook together so that children can establish healthy eating habits for life. Nomster Chef centers around the cooking experience: a step-by-step visual recipe app guides the parent and child through age-appropriate recipes. Parents also receive text messages with tips about how to help their child establish healthy eating habits, and children receive educational videos to help get them even more excited about eating healthy food.

what I did

I created the concept, designed the curriculum, and developed three preschooler-friendly recipes. I designed and administered a three-week pilot program with four families, who demonstrated learning gains as a result of participating in Nomster Chef. I illustrated the final recipe app and created an app prototype. Kelly Jones designed my monster, and Alexis Lucio helped with logo, brand, and packaging design.

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Unlock Me

Unlock Me storyboard Unlock Me Unlock Me Stylus

about the project

"Unlock Me" is a project I completed in the "Technology for Learners" class at Stanford in partnership with Open Mind School. My team chose a six-year-old Open Mind student as our muse, and designed a learning technology for that student. Our student had difficulty gripping a pencil and could not write, so we developed an adaptive tablet stylus and an app to motivate writing practice. (Watch the video above to see how it works!)

what I did

Myself and my teammates ( Karen Wang, Bryan Quintanilla, Sabrina Lei) used the design thinking process to observe our learner, identify his needs, create and test product prototypes, and propose a solution. My teammate Bryan Quintanilla designed and fabricated the stylus. I created the product video (above): I designed the graphics, shot the video, animated the product demos, and edited it all together.

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Design thinking at the d.school

Backpack Design Thinking Exercise Exploratorium Hotel Welcome Kit Nomster

Sketchnoting user flow Toy Design Exercise

about the project

In classes at Stanford's "d.school" (Design School), I've practiced design thinking methodology in various contexts.

what I did

A sample of the work I've done at the d.school:

  • Sketching and prototyping the ideal backpack for a classmate
  • Designing and prototyping a welcome kit for an Exploratorium Hotel. It included glow-in-the dark bubble bath, a grow-your-own crystal kit, and a taste-changing spray.
  • Designing the graphics and UI for an app and prototyping it in Marvel App.
  • Sketchnoting a TED Talk.
  • Creating the user flow map for an app.
  • Designing and prototyping a toy that engaged preschoolers' senses. Our concept was floor mats that would light up, vibrate, make music, and emit smells when children jump on them.

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Animail

Animail home page Child animating Animail video page

about the project

"Animail" was the result of a collaborative design project between the Learning, Design and Technology program at Stanford and the Graduate School of Media Design at Keio University in Tokyo. We were interested in facilitating cross-cultural communication between elementary school students in the U.S. and Japan through media production. (Watch the concept video above to see our idea!)

what I did

Our team was myself and Michaela Karis from Stanford, and Chinami Ume and Komkid Topoklang from Keio. We held stop motion animation workshops with children in the Bay Area and Tokyo. Based on our experiences, we designed our concept: a communication platform for children centered around sharing animations. I created the product video (above): I animated the product demos and edited it all together.

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"Gadget Girls" TV concept

Gadget Girls Storyboard Gadget Girls Characters Gadget Girls Tools

about the project

A preschool TV show concept, developed by myself and Kelly Jones for the Nickelodeon Shorts pitch contest. "Gadget Girls" is about two young inventors who build and program tools to solve everyday kid problems.

what I did

I wrote the script for the two-minute short. Kelly and I developed the premise and characters. Kelly drew all concept art and storyboards.

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ProtoLyfe

Sticky note prototype Prototype Final Mock Up

about the project

ProtoLyfe is a concept developed in the "d.compress: Designing Calm" class at the Stanford d.school (Design School). ProtoLyfe helps stressed high schoolers visualize multiple versions of their future lives, helping them realize that they have multiple paths to future happiness.

what I did

With project partner Sarah McDevitt, we conducted empathy work with high-achieving, stressed out high school students. We tested our design concept with 19 high schoolers, and our data suggests that we decreased stress in these students. I created the UI mockups for the app concept.

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"Octave the Octopus" TV concept

Octave the Octopus Octave the Octopus Script Parker the Puffer fish

about the project

A preschool TV show concept, developed by myself and Kelly Jones for the Nickelodeon Shorts pitch contest. "Octave the Octopus" is about an octopus who aspires to be an orchestra conductor.

what I did

I wrote the script for the two-minute short. Kelly and I developed the treatment and characters. Kelly drew all concept art and storyboards.

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Personal Projects

Blog Wedding Invites Business Cards Wedding Banner Ornaments Wedding Sign

about the project

I love being creative in my free time. My interests include travel photography, stationary design, crafting, and home design.

what I did

Here are some sample projects:

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Dora's Super Soccer Showdown

Dora the Explorer Dora the Explorer Dora the Explorer

about the project

"Dora's Super Soccer Showdown" is a web-based "Dora the Explorer" game that launched on nickjr.com for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. You can play it here.

what I did

I wrote the dialogue for the game.

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"Balancing Pointe" Documentary

Ashley Moulton shooting documentary Balancing Pointe Documentary Pointe Shoes

about the project

For the "Documentary Workshop" class at Ithaca College, my team produced a 15-minute documentary short about a teenage ballerina aspiring to be a professional dancer. (My team also included Kate Trautmann, Jordan Edelstein, Evan Duchan, and Eric Mourhess). Watch a 4-minute version of the documentary above.

what I did

I was the producer on our team, so I coordinated all travel and logistics. I also shot and edited much of the documentary.

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