In May of 2021 I graduated from Virginia Tech with dual degrees in Professional and Technical Writing & Creative Writing. Go hokies!
I'm Kelsey. I'm a writer who designs powerful user experiences through accessible & enjoyable language.
Long before I even knew what user experience design was, I was building its most essential skill: empathy. From the stories I wrote for my grandmother in grade school, to the literature papers I finalized as an English major, to the words I now craft for websites and apps, I have perfected the art of stepping into the shoes of my audience.
One of the biggest things that motivates me professionally is my belief that all technology should be accessible to users regardless of race, background, or ability.
I’m passionate about providing a voice and personality to websites, apps, and brands. As I progress through my career I hope to continue creating experiences that are intuitive, inspiring, and friendly for users.
Writing for Social Good
I've always been amazed at the power of language. Growing up, I quickly took notice of how language could drive incredible social impact. This passion of mine took force at Virginia Tech through my coursework and professional endeavors. As a technical and creative writing student, I had the pleasure of taking on a few special projects in which I could use my communication skills to help others.
Within my Grant Proposals & Reports class, myself and three other students partnered with a non-profit women's organization providing a safe space for young mothers in Cabarrus County, NC. Following a lengthy process of interviewing and researching, we were able to compose a series of reports and ultimately a grant proposal to support the organization's growth and impact.
Tech for Humanity
A nationally renowned research institution, Virginia Tech is one of the key players advancing the fight for human-centered design. As a student and now alumna of the University, I have been fortunate enough to impact this mission through my work with Ideas Studio, a startup that aims to connect product management teams with research surrounding the ethical implications of technological innovations.
At Ideas Studio, I've gotten the incredible opportunity to partner with and learn from leaders of Virginia Tech's Tech for Humanity initiative- some of the brightest minds furthering the discourse of ethics and technology.
From this experience I've nurtured my admiration for learning and connecting with people. I'm not one to be weighed down by industry jargon or shy from asking too many questions. I love exploring new challenges & I apply a curious nature to every project I pursue.
Writing & Research
Copywriting & Editing.
Social Media Marketing.
Design & Programming
Curiosity & Learning Agility.
Written & Verbal Communication.
Adaptability & Self Advocacy.
Enrolled in Google's UX Design Professional Certificate course. Currently designing a mobile app for a virtual gallery experience.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.
The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman.
The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau.
Manage and author a blog on the topic of UX. Designated "Top Writer in Design" on Medium. My highest-performing article has received over 26k views.