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During the winter, residents of the northern American states long to escape the cold and snowy winters and travel south to Florida for fun in the sun, and a beach experience,


Create an interactive marketing platform that uses body gestures of participants to navigate Sandy the Pelican’s south bound flight for the winter.


A video screen was installed at high foot traffic areas in the Chicago mall and O’Hare Airport to entice people to “Win a Trip to Fort Myers Beach, Florida”.




As the principle designer and art director on the project, my goal was to create an experience that was engaging and immersive for players. This takes into account gameplay, style of animation and illustration, as well as interactivity. Once an illustration partner was selected we were able to focus on character design. After preliminary sketching and storyboarding I dove into game flow environments, obstacles, art direction, and collaborated with the illustrator to build the 2D characters and animation states.

Gameplay screen sketch (left)
Gameplay screen produced (Right)


It was important in the gameplay experience for users to be reminded of their quest to reach Florida in real life. In the journey from Chicago to Fort Myers, the gameplay included hints throughout, a blimp with a Florida hashtag, clouds that took the shape of dreamy Florida icons and animals, crows carrying sand pails and umbrellas. You could also find Santa propelling his sleigh with Florida dolphins if that wasn’t evidence enough that everyone wants to go to Florida for vacation.

Art Elements and Character Storyboard



Along side illustration was wireframe development for the interface. It was all about immediacy. On an idle screen you were greeted with an invitation to read the premise of the gameplay. You were invited to enter your information for a chance to win the Florida trip.


You use your body to control the flight of Sandy. While the screen tracks downward, obstacles come into your path. Move your body and arms left and right to help the pelican avoid deterrents in the air. Once gameplay is complete, you entered your email address and took a postcard selfie. This would be followed by email reminders about your experience and reminders about sunny Fort Myers Beach in the middle of a cold Chicago winter.

Wireframes of the interface


I collaborated with the illustrator closely to ensure that Sandy, the lead character, was friendly and approachable. I wanted to make sure the Chicago winter was portrayed as cold and inhospitable to give the participant a reminder that it would be great to leave the cold. I made sure Florida was portrayed as warm and inviting. Particular attention was paid to the environments for Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island, to highlight the activities of swimming, fishing and overall relaxing.

Sanibel Island Environment (left), Fort Myers Beach (right)



The kiosk was placed in a high-traffic area called “The Shops” in Downtown Chicago for 5-weeks, plus two-weeks at O’Hare International Airport. Over 10,000 people played the game and took flight with Sandy The Pelican. Using geofencing techniques within a five-mile radius, Chicagoans were targeted nearby with marketing messages that guided them to play the game and enter the sweepstakes.
The campaign received average weekly initial activations of over 1,600 which surpassed comparable campaigns by at least 100 percent.

Product Design & User Experience Portfolio

A healthcare software platform getting test kits to patients better

A review for a UI and design system kit I designed to make it easier for practitioners to get test kits into the hands of patients and review results with their doctors. 

Role: Contract UX/UI Designer

Skills Leveraged: UI Design, Interaction Design, eLearning, Stakeholder Presentations

Deliverables: Practitioner portal, patient portal web app software design, public website UI design, usability training.

Auditing a real estate data Saas product to improve ecommerce

A real estate data reseller had poor performance on mobile ecommerce experience. I performed an analytics audit, discovered user usability issues, performed redesign recommendations. 

Role: Contract Product Designer

Skills Leveraged: UX Research, Product Design, High Fidelity Mockups, Stakeholder Presentations

Deliverables: Presentation, redesign proposal for mobile product, engineer handoff

Mobile app and experience projects

A review of screen captures for a few mobile interaction design products that lead into comprehensive product design case studies.

Role: Independent Product Designer

Skills Leveraged: Interaction Design

A tool to help customers choose the right Airstream model to best suit their camping preferences

A case study from my journey through camper research, customer interviews, and leading the product design for a tool designed to make buying an Airstream easier.

Role: Independent Product Designer

Skills Leveraged: Research, Product Design, Project Lead

Deliverables: Research, Pitch Presentation

A gesture controlled experience where you fly like a pelican for a chance to win a trip to Florida

A case study carrying you through the creative journey of designing a game capturing human motion to propel the user like a bird through a third person journey from Chicago to Florida.

Role: Creative Director

Client: Monster Media

Skills Leveraged: Creative Direction, UI Design, Art Direction

Deliverables: UI Design and illustrations for large interactive display interfaces for airport installation

A pop up shop bringing to life energy saving products

A case study that walks you through the planning, design and execution for the traveling mobile exhibit that packs in four rooms of a household into a carefully designed, 5x5 foot space.

Role: Visual Designer

Client: National Grid

Skills Leveraged: Creative Direction, UI Design, Illustration

Turning a stadium concessions contract proposal into an immersive interactive experience

I brought to life a business pitch and proposal with interactive elements, sounds, videos and immersive experience that helped my client tell their story in a memorable way.

Role: Digital Designer

Client: Delaware North / Houston Astros

Skills Leveraged:  Interaction Designer, Creative Direction, Front End Developer, Animation

Deliverables:  Interactive design and coding installed on 20 executive iPads

A dynamic website design to showcase an experiential agency's digital capabilities

Working with Monster Media to reposition their digital, experiential and social media offerings to a diverse lineup of clients.

Role: Website Designer

Client: Monster Media

Skills Leveraged:  Information Architecture, Persona and Audiences, Website Design, Interaction Design

Designing a web3 platform to enable users to access environmental conservation initiatives

Conserve Wildly is a mobile app platform designed to make it easy for allow citizens to vote on local conservation protection measures and proposals.

Role: Product Designer (startup spec)

Client: Startup

Skills Leveraged:  Concept design, Product Design, Research, User Testing

Deliverables:  iOS and android prototype

Matching volunteer's talents with dog rescues that need their help

The Rescue Dogz app is the matchmaking platform connecting skilled volunteers with nearby dog rescues.

Role: Product Designer (startup spec)

Client: Self Launched Brand

Skills Leveraged:  Founder, Concept design, Product Design, Research, User Testing

Deliverables:  iOS and android prototype

Optimizing the product experience to help drivers find and install the right wiper blades

I was leading a rebrand of the 90 year old automotive brand and undertaking the direction of the desktop and mobile website redesign to achieve business and partnership goals.

Role: Team Lead, Creative Director

Client: TRICO Wiper Blades (automotive parts)

Skills Leveraged:  Website design, wireframing, information architecture, client presentations

Deliverables:  Global website and mobile app rollout for CMS

Creating experiential buzz for a rebranded grocery chain in Florida

I interviewed customers in preparation for learning how to create an appropriate and immersive experience that celebrates Hispanic culture to promote the rebranding of Winn Dixie grocery stores to Fresco y Mas.

Role: Creative Director

Client: Fresco y Mas / Winn Dixie

Skills Leveraged:  Environmental Design, Creative Direction, Social Media Design, Experience Design