For more than a decade, as an award-winning, hands-on UI/UX practitioner, designer and creative director, I have worked in every stage of the process — from concept to final product, with a wide variety of stakeholders and interests. I believe that design is the optimum process for clarifying complicated messages and best brought to life with fearless approaches. It’s not a shortcut; instead, design is the hinge on which collaboration and iteration swing to deliver elegant solutions.
To me, what matters most is accomplishing the task at hand in the most holistic way possible. Sometimes, it's about leading; sometimes, it's being a support player; sometimes, it's working as a head-down set of hands or something in between but never through a job title alone. In my experience, true and compelling wins out over new and shiny. Being inquisitiveness and adapting quickly are the first steps to finding a way through any challenge — and there's always a way. And I love what I do.
Hands-on lead in user experience, interaction design, visual design and information architecture disciplines, coordinating with off-shore resources as well as a wide variety of service, product, technical and design teams around the world. Clients include JPMorgan Chase, Girl Scouts of America, AIG, the City of Toronto, Merck, Starwood, ExxonMobil and Dow among others.
User experience, brand building and visual design for a multimedia social network startup, including app design, responsive web site design (beginning with temp page collecting emails to single informational page to launch site with user-transaction components and network tie-ins) as well as support for varied marketing efforts. Released several iOS and Android versions while managing a team of two designers plus freelancers.
Champion problem-solver for all things visual — part evangelist, part soothsayer. Priorities included UI/UX (a wide swathe of web properties and segments), brand development and management, email campaigns (over a million sent a month), online and offline visual refreshes, plus redesigns of job board and education verticals. As a result, site traffic grew 20%, year over year, and email engagement doubled. Managed a team of three full-time employees, three freelancers as well as off-shore resources, working in three different US locations (NY, CA, CT).
Lead in developing user interface designs and media elements for content and news features. Mobile presentation, social media connectivity and integration with the television broadcasts were top priorities as well as usability considerations and information architecture. Because of this, social engagement increased 30% while unique page views rose 10%. Managed and advised four people in NY, CA and MA.
Strategy, brand direction and style in matters of identity, interactive and print design for clients and agencies alike — T3 and GSD&M among others. Previous work includes Chase Bank, JCPenney, Sea World, Office Depot and DayNa Decker — as well as a mixture of other businesses and organizations (local, regional and national).
Fourth session completed
Dual Major, English Literature and Playwriting, BA (cum laude) — 3.8 GPA
Visual Communication, 18 credit hours — 4.0 GPA