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I'm Liz, a Product designer based in NYC. I improve user experiences for learners using strong visual skills and human-centered practices.

As a former activist, I wholeheartedly believe “the personal is political,” and design has always been a way for me to support the causes I believe in. Through design, I've been able to work with companies and public institutions promoting education, scientific research, and clean energy. And as part of my design practice, I'm an advocate for web accessibility and design justice.

Working in Ed-tech

I am currently employed at BrainPOP, building their new BrainPOP Science product. Before that, I worked at KidPass improving the user experience of their digital products.

Designing for a Museum

Previously, I helped shape the online education experience at the American Museum of Natural History. Initially hired as a digital designer, my practice evolved over 7 years by adopting UX research methods. Coming to UX with a foundation in graphic design aided me in crafting attractive solutions, using typographic hierarchies, color theory, and compositional rules.

Some of my accomplishments include: 

  • Designing a collection of engaging science content for the children's website Ology, garnering a monthly average of 300,000 visitors and 860,000 page views.
  • Streamlining the process for parents to enroll their children in science classes
  • Redesigning the Seminars on Science marketing website, boosting online course registrations by 20%

Other Experience

From 2020-2021 I was the Design Director of Good Energy Collective, an energy policy organization. I developed their brand and launched their website.

During that time I was also a UX designer with the University of Michigan's Fastest Path to Zero team, prototyping, testing, and iterating on several data visualization products related to nuclear reactor development.

From 2010–2014 I worked at a scientific research facility in Tallahassee, Florida called the National MagLab. I reimagined their publications, created their event marketing materials, and guided their Website redesign.

Outside of Work

In my free time I enjoy reading, experimenting in the kitchen, and attending design workshops and artist talks. I love pop culture, museums, and indie music. I help out with design projects at my local food co-op and I'm an active member of the AIGA and Arttt Club.

In 2017, I joined the NYC BigApps competition with a small team to develop a ride-hailing app called DollarVan.nyc. Our prototype won the Judge's Choice Award and a place in the CivicXcel Incubator program, where we further developed our app using human-centered processes—a pivotal experience in my UX design education.


Liz is on a continuous quest for improvement. She goes out of her way to learn any current development in the design industry and is a master for catching new ideas that can boost her (and her team's) work. She has a gift for putting herself in the shoes of users of all ages, from little kids with chubby fingers that need big friendly buttons to grad students that need to figure out what course is better for them.

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Ico Romero Reyes
Production Lead Editor, Newsela

Liz is an incredible designer, and offers so much more. She helped us articulate our strategy, facilitated multi-stakeholder decision-making processes, run complex beta-testing processes, and restructured our communications administration processes. She is remarkably talented, a wonderful teammate, and a dream to work with. I cannot recommend Liz and her design services highly enough.

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Suzy Baker Hobbs
Founder, Good Energy Collective

Liz was an excellent addition to our technical team. She was extremely skilled in communicating and problem solving UI/UX design with programmers and data scientists. She is also a gifted facilitator with excellent project management and organizational skills. She would be an asset to any team.

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Gabrielle Hoelzle
Lead Data Scientist, University of Michigan

Let's talk!

If you're curious about working as a product designer in the education space, or want to join forces on a new project, reach out via email or message me on LinkedIn.

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