Hello! I’m Miles. I’m working to leverage design, programming, and writing to create rich experiences that foster community.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, I am a BFA Candidate (2021) studying at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis (not in Seattle). I’m majoring in Communication Design and minoring in Writing and Computer Science. I’ll be graduating in May 2021, so I’m actively looking for opportunities such as full-time work, internships, and freelance projects.
When I first came to college, design wasn’t really on my radar. But after realizing I’d been silently critiquing the effectiveness of billboards, developing a sense for composition through photography, hoarding open-source fonts on the internet, and honing a slew of other habits from a young age, it clicked into place. Stemming first from my love of books and illustration, my interest in storytelling has informed my design practice. I strive to create powerful narrative-driven experiences with the intention of uplifting marginalized groups—ranging from advocacy to helping people feel less alone.
At WashU and beyond, I’ve developed a range of skills including print design, illustration, programming, and human-centered UI/UX design. I am primarily interested in product design and web development, and am comfortable working with clients and teammates from various backgrounds. In my spare time, I love making narrative comics, looking for new typefaces, reverse-engineering dishes from restaurants, playing Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing with friends, and birdwatching.
↳ Groups and clients I’ve worked with: Pride Alliance, Ursa’s Nite Life, SafeZones, Destination Q, Student Union, All Student Theater, Association of Black Students, WU-Slam, Datamatch, Student Technology Services, Sam Fox Office of Communications, Black Anthology, SQSH, Cultural Leadership
↳ CS courses: Intro to Computer Science, Data Structures & Algorithms, Mobile App Development, Programming Tools and Techniques
↳ Listening to: QUEERY with Cameron Esposito, Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Gimlet’s Reply All, Gender Reveal, NPR*, and Car Seat Headrest
↳ Watching: Adventure Time Distant Lands, FX’s Pose, Food Wishes
↳ Reading: “Are You My Mother?” by Alison Bechdel, “The Tender Land” by Kathleen Finneran, “Good Talk” by Mira Jacob, “Ruined by Design” by Mike Monteiro
*Growing up, I always listened to NPR on the radio instead of music stations. NPR is where I first heard the word “lesbian” (email me for a funny anecdote concerning a spelling bee and the word “thespian”), and it never fails to comfort me, even when the news is dismal.