I'm excited to announce that today is my first day working with the DEV team as their first product designer! 🎉
Like many others, I've lately been pondering on the role of the Internet (with a capital I) in our society. In our day and age where we're faced with rampant reminders of social media's toxic consequences, it's easy to underwrite the other aspects that connectivity has provided us. Through forums, websites, platforms, blogs, and so much more, the Internet allows people to find one another for support, knowledge, common ground, and a sense of belonging across geography, timezones, languages, belief systems, and background. Whether I was learning easy hacks for memorizing French conjugations through YouTube, or navigating how to come out as queer for the first time on LGTBQ forums, or building my first websites that would end up becoming a career for me, I leaned into the richness of the Internet to find a way to be my best, empowered self.
DEV is one stunning example in pursuit of these ideals. By bringing community together to help people in software development, DEV also gives people a way to tap into their creativity. When the team approached me to join their team, I knew that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I couldn't turn down.
I am a designer, illustrator, artist based in sunny Los Angeles 🌞. Prior to DEV, I've worked in product design at places like Dropbox, Facebook, and thoughtbot (where I learned all of the quickest Vim shortcuts). When I'm not thinking about product design, I enjoy climbing 🧗🏻♀️, spending hours in bookshops 📚, riding my bike 🚲, and painting in parks 🎨.
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