About Yvonne

My upbringing in Hawai'i and my nomadic life in the US colors my world. I am passionate about using design as a problem solving tool,  motivated by a love of progress, and empowered by the desire to gain and share knowledge.

My interest and practice with visual and layout design started at 8 years old, when I became a reporter and layout editor for my school newspaper. For the next 10 years, I was part of award winning school teams for various writing, multimedia, and design competitions.


'alawa is a Hawaiian word that means to glance. It also means a knowing glance, or to diagnose by insight. It was a word I saw frequently for 30 years and has been a theme of my professional life.

Upcoming: DevLearn Pre-Conference Workshop, October 24, 2023

Speaking and Presentations

I've had wonderful opportunities to share about the design process and accessibility for learning and development with various audiences.

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