Vera Maxakova

UI Designer

Dallas, TX, USA
Passionate and creative web designer with 8 years professional experience, with excellent conceptual and layout design skills, strong attention to detail, and a constant desire to learn new things and keep up with latest design and technology trends. Solid understanding of design and typography, web development, and usability principles.

Work Experience


UI Designer

August 2011 - Plano, Texas, United States

University Of Texas At Dallas

Web and iPhone UI designer (Research Assistant)

Research Assistant position in the Emerging Technology and Communication (EMAC) department. Worked on web and UI design for grants with such companies as Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson. Responsible for web and print design for various university project

Charged with designing graphical display of data received from various vehicle sensors on an interactive map.

Designed user interface graphics for Ericsson's location-based IMS mash up, presented at CTIA Wireless 2009 convention.

Designed iPhone user interface and web interface graphics for a mobile location-based social media platform, chosen as one of the finalists of the Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator competition at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2010 in Austin, TX.
August 2008 - Richardson, Texas, United States

Web Loft Designs

Lead Designer and Project Manager

Designed site structure, wire-frames and designed website layouts that made clients’ sites stand out fromthe competition. Drove web development process, focusing on SEO, browser and web standards compatibility.

Managed and worked on multiple web development projects simultaneously, and completed project deliverables on tight deadlines, while working directly with clients and other developers.

Consulted clients and generated new ideas for the best design solutions to fit their needs, and provided direct customer support, maintenance and further development for current websites.

Managed and mentored a remote team of designers and web developers to ensure that core design principles were followed. I also organized an extensive knowledge base of design and development standards, guidelines and resources, and created and adhered to development process workflows.

Designed logos, corporate identity and marketing materials, new project proposals sent to the clients, edited and retouched images, graphics, and logos provided by the clients.
2003 - 2008 Dallas, Texas, United States

Freelance Designer and Web Developer

- Developed site structure, wire-frames, initial mockups and layout designs
- Developed standards-compliant websites using HTML/CSS and PHP
- Responsible for web development, focusing on SEO, browser and web standards compatibility
- Provided direct customer support and development for existing products
- Provided consulting services to assess client needs for web-based stores and website needs
2003 - Dallas, Texas, United States


University Of Texas At Dallas

BA, Arts and Technology

August 2004 - May 2008 Richardson, Texas, United States

University Of Texas At Dallas

MA, Arts and Technology

August 2008 - December 2010 Richardson, Texas, United States


English (Fluent),
Russian (Native),



Logo recognized as one of 3 winning logos from United States out of almost 1,885 entries from all around the world, and featured in the '09 Wolda Annual.


University Of Texas At Dallas

Received a Graduate Student Scholarship (GSS) covering tuition for graduate studies.


Verizon FIOS Design Challenge

Mini site design, 2nd place


Business Professionals Of America (Texas Association)

Fundamentals of HTML State Competition, 2nd place (National Qualifier)



Identity Design, Interaction Flow Development, Layout Design, UI Design , Wireframe Development,