Direct yet conceptual. Provocative and engaging. Design & illustration for brands, publications, and people.

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My path to UX


I have been described as 'bright and spirited', 'tenacious' and 'calming.'

Some formative basics:

  • I grew up in Maine. 🌲

  • In the 2000’s, I taught myself πŸ€“ HTML and CSS by patching together source code to build (amateur) Britney Spears fan websites.πŸ‘―

  • When I was 15, I bussed tables in two lobster restaurants 🦞 and fundraised to finance a high-school semester in Switzerland.πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­

  • I attended Union College and majored in anthropology (ethnographic research!) and digital media. πŸŽ“

  • I studied photography abroad in Vietnam πŸ‡»πŸ‡³ for a semester.

  • After college, I lived in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a year and taught English and did graphic design for a social enterprise. πŸ‡°πŸ‡­

  • I love to challenge myself physically through danceπŸ•Ίand long-distance running. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Interested in pursuing graphic design β€” yet more interested in problem solving β€” I moved to DC and subsequently carved a career for myself in non-profit fundraising for 6+ years.

For a while, fundraising felt like a way to creatively solve problems for organizations doing important work. I grew tired, though, of the lack of intentionality and evidence for decisionsβ€” and itched to get back into creative work while building products and services that matter.

A career in UX design utilizes my skills in digital media, ethnographic research and fundraising while meeting my innate need to build intentional, evidence-based products and services.


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A special thanks to the following people and resources for portfolio inspiration:

  • This 2000’s photo of Britney Spears for inspiring my color palette (split complementary) and portfolio style tile

  • Mockupworld.co for inspiring my high-fi mock-ups and providing some template PSDs to get started; Noun Project for fabulous iconography

  • The General Assembly community for providing a safe space to experiment and multiple G.A. alumni for their incredibly helpful critical feedback

Β© Eliza Duquette 2019