As a former collegiate soccer athlete, Josie thrives on a challenge. The challenge of designing products, especially those intended for a wide, international audience is especially thrilling. Her experiences living in Guatemala, viewing first hand the opportunities created by education and innovation have given her an internal drive to help others through creative and powerful design.

Born and raised in Layton, Utah, Josie was taught at a young age to value education. She has always loved design and knew that she wanted to grow up to work in technology. …


Found solutions to complex issues to create an experience for users to collaborate with AI technology to transcribe records from around the world.

Overview

FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization and website offering genealogical records, education, and software. They have been collecting images of records; Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates, Census, and more for almost 3 decades. In that time, they have obtained over 4.1 Billion images of records in hundreds of languages. Our volunteer indexers can’t keep up with the number of records FamilySearch is ingesting daily.

A team of engineers has been training a computer to read, recognize, and transcribe…


Designed a user-focused app to assist users in finding relevant activities to participate in.

Overview

According to some authors, college students have as much as 40–50% of the time spent awake qualified as free time or leisure. What they do during that time most certainly has an effect on their well-being.

In an attempt to help people find ways to connect, try new things, and participate in activities that they enjoy, we’ve created an app to help them discover what is going on around them.

Bite-sized summary

  • Realized the difficulties people have faced, and with the pandemic, more now than ever face, in feeling connected and finding relevant activities.
  • Performed research on college campuses to discover ways…


Collaborated to design a new image viewer maintained by a single scrum team, creating consistency for users while saving costs and labor.

Overview

FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization and website offering genealogical records, education, and software. The website currently operates 7 different image viewers across the site, each with unique tools and features. This experience has frustrated and confused our customers as we’ve expected them to relearn tools and navigation across the site. This project was a huge undertaking, and after consistent feedback and requests from users, we finally received the budget to move forward.

I teamed up with another designer…


Assisted in creating and implementing an agile design system; researched industry standards, collaborated with dev teams and designers to create user-focused components, assisted in proper implementation across the organization.

Overview

FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization and website offering genealogical records, education, and software. Their website was first launched in 1999. During that time, the company has had hundreds of designers and thousands of engineers designing, building, and implementing features across hundreds of site pages.

Many of the features overlap multiple dev teams and perform similar functions, but each feature was designed and maintained by different teams. In 2019, the design team…


Illustrated a step-by-step tutorial for people with learning disabilities to enable them to learn how to make the perfect s’more.

Introduction & goal

Over 10% of the world’s population is affected by learning disabilities. These disabilities limit one's capability to read and learn, making even the daily mundane tasks hard to complete. I interviewed several learning impaired individuals to find the best method of communication to design a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the perfect s’more.


Participated in a contextual inquiry to build a platform for children designed to personalize their family history experience and teach them skills they’d need for an advanced experience.

Introduction & goal

FamilySearch is a non-profit organization built to help people discover their ancestors and preserve family stories. The current FamilySearch site isn’t built for a specific target audience. Instead, it’s been designed to accommodate everyone from different ethnicities, languages, and backgrounds, from the newest beginners to the expert genealogists. However, trying to support a wide range of tools for the experts while not confusing the beginner has become difficult.

Children, in particular, find…

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