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I have 10+ years of experience focusing on UI and UX, including all phases of the design process: concept, wireframes, user-flows, use-case scenario development, sketching, prototyping, high-fidelity comp creation, redlines, design specification, and asset production.

I don't shy away from having an opinion, but I also don't shy away from being wrong when someone else has an idea that makes more sense than mine. I like making decisions based on data and research. I prefer to work with a team, rather than exclusively on my own, because I like the energy of bouncing ideas off of other people. Impromptu whiteboard sessions (with an ample supply of Post-It notes) are where awesome ideas happen.

While I have been working as a design recruiter for the past two years, I never stopped doing UI and UX design. I was hired as a subject-matter expert (SME) to recruit for the interactive design space, and it turns out that this is a pretty good way to stay current with industry trends! In particular, I am on the Board of Directors for Interact: Seattle’s Designer/Developer UX MeetUp, and in the past year I attended UX Week (San Francisco), An Event Apart (including the day-long mobile-focused workshop), and local UX and Design education events. I've been closely following the progression of media creation and consumption as technology keeps evolving. Seattle is very much on the forefront of these evolutions, and I would be so excited to be a part of that again in a hands-on way.

Design: User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), Interactive Design (IxD), Web Design, SaaS, Prototyping, Wireframing, User Process Flows, Graphic Design, Graphic Production, Redlining

Software: Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio and Outlook), Adobe Creative Suite (including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver), Acrobat Pro, Balsamiq and Axure

Work Experience

Aquent

Interactive Design Recruiter/SME

Hired as a subject-matter expert to recruit for the interactive design space, with a special focus in games. Working as a creative staffing recruiter on a variety of corporate accounts including Microsoft, eBay, Citrix, Bungie, Adobe, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and Zumiez. Also worked on smaller and mid-size accounts in a staffing and sales capacity.
• Established strong partnership between Aquent and Seattle Central Creative Academy, and consulted with New Media instructor to bring UI/UX into the classroom and engage students with the local UX community. This initiative resulted in Aquent placements of 7 new graduates within 2 months of graduation, the highest number of post-graduation placements in that period of time.
• Recruited creative professionals for positions in the technology and creative space, including UI/UX designers, Interactive Designers, Graphic Designers, 3D Artists, Game Artists, Illustrators, Concept Artists, Production Artists, Art Directors and Front-End Web Developers.
• Sourced new candidates using a variety of traditional methods such as Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, Behance, Boolean database searches, networking events and referral networks.
• Developed and implemented sourcing strategies using emerging technologies such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking tools.
• Developed new relationships with companies looking to hire creative professionals, and created account strategies to help grow our business.
• Leveraged background in UI/UX design to gain confidence of both talent and clients and successfully positioned Aquent as experts in the creative staffing space
July 2009 - October 2011 Seattle, Washington, United States

Microsoft

UX Designer

Contracted as a UX Designer to cover for FTEs paternity leave.
• Worked as a UX designer on the Microsoft Dynamics software suite, extending it into the cloud.
• Created wireframes and userflows for new interaction scenarios based on use cases, using a combination of Visio, PowerPoint and Illustrator.
• Collaborated with Project Managers on developing and prototyping various use cases and scenarios through low-fidelity wireframe prototypes and walk-throughs.
• Edited and updated existing wireframe templates to ensure consistency with the UX and Visual Design style guides.
• Constructed user scenarios based on existing personas.
• Created final designs, including high-fidelity, pixel-perfect screenshots to gain executive approval for the product development direction.
• Updated UX Guidelines with polished images, redline/visual specifications and expected rules of control usage and interaction.
• Created and updated icons (16 pixel-52 pixel), to achieve consistency with existing icon libraries.
April 2009 - July 2009 Redmond, Washington, United States

Virtuoso, Ltd.

Sr. Interaction Designer

Contracted as an information architect and user interface designer at luxury travel company. Defined user interaction for application of Microsoft Silverlight controls in company’s new business-to-business web interface aimed at connecting travel agents with suppliers of travel products.
• Researched Telerik Rad Controls for Microsoft Silverlight and made recommendations for application on Virtuoso’s new website.
• Built clickable prototypes in Axure to demonstrate expected interaction.
• Created wireframes and specification documents to assist the technology team in their development efforts.
• Defined standards and best-practices for elegant, universal icon design.
• Reviewed current icon set and made recommendations for changes based on icon best-practices.
• Created Photoshop comps of website features to guide developers in Expression Blend styling.
• Developed userflows for both universal and advanced website features. Features included login, password reset, username retrieval, email/print/export document, and product loader wizards.
February 2009 - March 2009 Seattle, Washington, United States

Starbucks Coffee Company (via Aquent)

Information Architect

Assisted Sr. Information Architect with redesign of website features related to Starbucks Card by providing creative leadership to other user experience professionals.
• Participated in all phases of scoping, architecting and design while defining the user model and interface for new Starbucks Card products and features that met both business and user goals.
• Redesigned experience for Starbucks Card, including balance transfer, buy a card and manage profile.
• Developed both high-level and detailed user scenarios, wireframes and prototypes to effectively communicate design ideas.
• Consulted with technical leads to determine feasibility of recommended approach and produced detailed functional specifications required to implement designs.
• Gauged usability of new and existing features and made suggestions for change.
December 2008 - February 2009 Seattle, Washington, United States

CafePress (formerly Imagekind)

Visual Interaction Designer

Worked as a user-interface web designer at e-commerce start-up in the printing and self-publishing industry. Led design efforts in building interactive website features and establishing company brand.
• Lead design efforts for launch of interactive Community section of website, including integration of site-wide community features.
• Repositioned and refined corporate branding for retailer looking to grow aggressively in e-commerce and community spaces.
• Redesigned product pages based on analysis of competitor websites.
• Designed and created standards for product merchandising modules.
• Received recognition from industry publications such as Fast Company and TechCrunch.
• Photographed products as necessary for website.
• Assisted in the re-brand of parent company, CafePress.
December 2007 - November 2008 Seattle, Washington, United States

PayScale

UI/UX Designer

Consulted on PayScale's efforts to improve brand awareness and enhance customer engagement on their website. Worked with creative team, business owners, product managers and web developers to meet business objectives.
• Optimized search results to drive customers to relevant content and experiences
• Enhanced website navigation to expose depth of proprietary content and articles
• Designed integration mock-ups for partnership pitches
• Established co-branding guidelines
• Yahoo! Widget design
• Received recognition from TechCrunch for the PayScale GigZig and Meeting Miser
April 2007 - August 2007 Seattle, Washington, United States

Jewish Federation Of Greater Seattle

Graphic Designer

As the only in-house designer for this non-profit community organization, I was responsible for the branding and graphic design of the Federation and its partner agencies. Working with small budgets and tight deadlines, I creatively problem-solved to help make the most of our limited resources.
• Developed flexible print templates for use by non-design staff in promoting their events.
• Redefined organization’s brand to be in-line with new strategic brand research and direction from Marketing Director.
• Designed, created and edited weekly HTML e-newsletters sent to donor base.
• Designed logo and identity systems for partner agencies, helping to increase awareness of the Federation brand within other organizations.
• Implemented changes to donor pledge forms and direct mail campaigns, raising return rate from 3% to 17% year-over-year.
March 2004 - February 2007 Seattle, Washington, United States

Drugstore.com

User Interface Designer

Worked with project managers, developers, and creative team to implement features that were visually appealing, technically feasible and aimed at improving the user experience on the drugstore.com website and partner sites.
• Instrumental in guiding business objectives to include customer reviews and favorites.
• Implemented changes to login, checkout and prescription ordering process, thus increasing customer retention.
• Created feature-rich, co-branded pages and processes to aid in acquisition of corporate partnership deals with companies such as Estée Lauder, Beauty.com and RiteAid.
July 2000 - February 2003 Bellevue, Washington, United States

Education

Seattle Central Community College

AA: Graphic Design and Illustration

September 1998 - June 2000 Seattle, Washington, United States

Languages

English (Native),

Skills

Acrobat Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, Balsamiq And Axure, Excel, Illustrator, InDesign And Dreamweaver), Microsoft Office (including Word, Powerpoint, Visio And Outlook),