I create online experiences to help make people happier and more productive.
When Drew Lepp was 6-years-old, she dreamed of running a napkin folding empire. This company would supply Chinese restaurants across America with artfully folded napkin sculptures to add a flourish to what might have otherwise been an ordinary place setting.
“If you’re going to dream, you might as well dream big,” the tiny entrepreneur thought.
The oldest daughter of a comedy writer who can’t type and a petroleum engineer, Drew always showed predilection for both creative pursuits and technological endeavors.
After getting yelled at daily for cutting up small snips of paper and sprinkling them around the house during the creation of art projects (apparently her mom didn’t enjoy confetti as much as her), she shifted towards creating, building, and designing on the computer. Much less messy that way.
On the way to becoming the designer someone would shrug and describe as “moderately talented, I guess,” Drew pursued a couple of different careers. She started out covering the “Bluegrass Beat” of a small newspaper in the Shenandoah Valley. Then, she spent a few years working as an event planner in Washington, DC where she once awkwardly made eye contact with John Travolta while he was coming out of the bathroom.
Drew now runs a small UX design agency in Washington, DC and the SF Bay Area where she’s designed web and mobile apps that have been used by millions of people and ran workshops and design initiatives for early stage startups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between.
She’s given talks on her work at UX Show & Tell, Dribbble DC, General Assembly among others and enjoys spending time mentoring younger designers.
In addition her her design work, she is also the co-founder of TimeKat, an application to make the work of creative professionals easier so they have more time to watch cat videos. It’s very important work.
Her 6-year-old self must be pretty disappointed.
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She always brought a positive and professional attitude, going the extra mile for a superior end-user experience. I found she demonstrated a great understanding of technologies outside of her domain. I would gladly work with Drew in the future and certainly recommend letting her improve your users experience!