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Alex Lakas

UX + Interaction Designer

San Francisco, CA, USA
Hello, my name is Alex - and work in the United States, primarily in the web, mobile , print and commercial industries. Through them I explore, create, and innovate - all in an effort to deliver messages to my audience clearly and thoroughly.

I have both experience & proficiency with the entire Adobe family, along with HTML, jQuery, CSS+, and have a natural ability to illustrate, paint, sculpt, weld & even hand code. I have a lifetime of continuous involvement with computers, kilns, tablets, pencils & paint brushes and have a strong comfort level with all. I also enjoy adapting styles, twisting current trends & starting new ones. As an active member of the AIGA DC chapter & the Graphic Artist's Guild, I try my best to stay current with all aspects of the design world & try to add to my portfolio on a regular basis.

Work Experience

Google

UX, Interaction Designer

UX and Interaction Designer for Google+ Business
June 2013 - Present Mountain View, California, United States

DarwinApps, LLC

Creative Director, Sr. Product Designer

Survival of the Illest. Eat, or be eaten. DarwinApps builds progressive + intuitive user-centric applications for a variety of platforms. Doing our best to evolve the world, one app at a time.
March 2012 San Francisco, California, United States

Virid

Sr. UI Designer

Creative design for award-winning e-commerce agency. We build, manage and market non-profits and heavy-hitting retail brands such as Dockers Shoes, Tory Burch, Timberland, Zippo lighters, Elizabeth by Liz Claiborne, Liz Lange Maternity, and Journeys Shoes.

I've also aided in our corporate re-branding process, along with conceptual advertising for our other top-tiered brands, Johnston & Murphy, Bakers footwear, Agaci and the west-coast reknowned Ron Herman. For over a decade, Virid's robust and well-rounded platform has helped to create an e-commercial foundation for extraordinary brands and their consumers, online and around the world.

My role also includes but is not limited to the following: brand design and development, web site drive and traffic growth, desktop and mobile web site UI, IA and User Experience design/architecture, rapid prototyping and seasonal advertising. As well as annual/seasonal branded campaign strategies, with a touch of creative copy writing.
June 2011 - October 2012 Reston, Virginia, United States

Cubix Labs

UI Designer

UI, UX design for social and mobile (primarily social desktop) application agency. My role: focus primarily on iOS and facebook application design. From discovery to quality assurance, I oversaw the vast majority of all design phases, working closely with every client (as well as our other designers), helping them to visually meet their goals, and direct them on how to marry those results with top notch development. Branded facebook applications include Sony, Nintendo, Suzuki, DaySpring, Sarah Jessica Parker NYC and Converse.
February 2009 - June 2011 Maryland, United States

KnifeCenter Of The Internet

Web + Mobile Consultant

Responsible for corporate re-branding, seasonal web/print advertising and company apparel for international cutlery e-tailers firm.
February 2005 - June 2009 Maryland, United States

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Sound Engineer Intern

Sound Tech Internship for multi-venue performing arts theater at the University of Maryland.
Responsible for live sound recording, ProTools sound design and equipment maintenance.
April 2007 - April 2008 Maryland, United States

Education

University Of Maryland

Bachelors of Art

September 2004 - December 2008 Maryland, United States

Languages

Html (Native),
Css (Native),
Actionscript (Advanced),
Javascript (Advanced),
Php (Conversational),

Skills

Actionscript, Advertising, Brand Strategy, Identity, Illustration, Photo Manipulation, Photography, User Interface, Adobe’s Creative Suite Including Photoshop, Art-direction, AS2, Branding, Copywriting, Corporate Identity Development, CSS, Development, Dreamweaver, Flash, Graphic Design, Illustrator, Indesign, IPhone App Design, Jquery, Mobile App Design, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Media Marketing, Web Design, X/HTML,