If you’re interested in collaborating on a design project, I’d love to talk with you. I offer free consultation to support you in identifying needs, goals, resources, and possible approaches to your project.

Services Offered




Whether designing a product or service, digital or analog, research is an integral step. Research is an ongoing process that helps us better understand what we are designing, for whom, and why; it tests our assumptions, uncovers insights that we could otherwise miss, and clarifies design goals.

Research can look like, but is not limited to: 

developing critical guiding questions, acknowledging assumptions, and defining assets and constraints

better understanding user needs and goals through thorough, consentful inquiry

developing a research-informed, community-aligned strategy to guide future processes

conducting usability tests to determine how products and services meet (or don't meet) user needs and goals


I approach design with people at the core, every step of the way. I believe in using user research to inform design decisions, believe that no idea is too wild to try, and that good design is iterative, inclusive, and imaginative.

Design can look like, but is not limited to:

rapid prototyping of a new service or program idea

defining user interactions through site maps, user flows, wireframes, and prototypes

producing branding assets, including logos, wordmarks, and style guides

designing or redesigning websites that are responsive to multiple screen sizes, informed by user research, and ready to launch

graphics/visual design of assets including flyers, posters, web banners, and activity sheets/worksheets


There is one thing I enjoy more than doing user experience design: facilitating spaces where others can learn these skills. I offer customized workshops and trainings based on participants' goals in a variety of topics focused on user experience design.

Facilitation and training can look like, but is not limited to:

facilitating spaces for young people to build skills in asset-based, community-centered research

training teams in applying user experience design to the design of programs, curricula, and services

training teams in selecting and applying user research methods and tools

training teams to use lean UX strategies to leverage key design principles within resource constraints

What Collaborators Say

"Erika is the most professional designer I've worked with to date. She has great ability to take web design concepts to completion in an aesthetic and functional way. What's more is she's a joy to work with at a distance and in-person, totally reliable, timely, and clear headed. She spent the time to understand my vision and remained unattached to allow for adaptive design throughout the process. I couldn't have found a better person to complete my project."

- Jason Gerhardt, Permaculture Institute

"If you need web support or a graphic must hit up Erika. She is brilliant! She listens to your thoughts and really makes it a collaborative conversation, so that you get the outcome you want."

-Jessica Vann, Creative Spaces Consulting

"I got a chance to spend a few months mentoring Erika while she was my student at DesignLab. Out of all my students, she was one of my favorites. Her willingness to go above and beyond is a trait that will separate her as she continues her career in Design. She excelled in user research and interaction design, and her attention to detail always stood out amongst her peers. I was honored to be her mentor, and I'm excited to see what she does next. Whoever has the chance to work with her will be lucky, there is no doubt in my mind that whatever Erika does, she will succeed!"

-Michael Brooks, Jr., Spire Labs

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