Maria Russell


Chicago, IL, USA
Simplifying the complex.

Work Experience


Lead User Experience Designer & Architect

User Experience Design, Information Architecture, Interaction Design, Digital Strategy, Content Strategy, User Interface Design, Art Direction, Creative Concepting, Proposal Writing, Front-end Development, Project Management, Coordination with Developers & Third Party Vendors

Some of the fine folks I work with:
Lands' End
Honda Federal Credit Union
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Wisconsin Technical College System
Dental Health Associates of Madison
Overture Center for the Arts
Corona Tools
May 2011 - Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Cricket Design Works

Senior Designer

Development of creative design solutions for integrated branding, printed matter, environmental and interactive environments, art direction, concept development, illustration, copywriting, project and client management. Oh, and on occasion, teaching clients how to use Photoshop (when they've never used Photoshop) over the phone...true story.

Some of the fine folks I worked with:
Umi Children's Shoes
Gathering Waters Conservancy
The New Teacher Project & The Walton Family Foundation
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Forward Music Festival
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra
UW-Madison Astronomy
TrafficCast Intl
September 2006 - May 2011 Madison, Wisconsin, United States


Edgewood College

Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design

2002 - 2006 Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Madison Area Technical College

Associate Degree of Applied Arts, Graphic Design

2005 - 2007 Madison, Wisconsin, United States


Interaction Design , Art Direction, Axure, Branding, Creative Concepting, Creative Direction, CSS, Digital Design, Front-End Development, Graphic Design, HTML, Illustration, Illustrator, Indesign, Information Architecture, Mobile Design, Photoshop, Usability, User Experience, User Interface Design, Wireframing, WordPress,

My heart belongs to (but is not limited to) the following:

Interaction Design. Databases. Photoshop layer comps. Teaching someone about Photoshop layer comps and watching their head explode with excitement. Visual language. Wireframes & prototypes. Maps. CSS. User behavior. Observation. Firebug. CMS's. User interface design. Typography. LiveView. Responsive design. FireFox. Bourbon. The role of design on usability. Left Hand Milk Stout. American Restoration on A&E. Dot grid paper. Buddy Holly. Form fields! Bourbon. The Midwest. My cats. Cheese. Perogies. FOOD, in general, I love it. And, basically all things digital.