Maria I. Villa

UX/UI Designer

New York, NY, USA
I love and I am very passionate about design. As a UX/UI & Graphic Designer I am thrilled to be an advocate of the user, improving and changing people’s lives through User-centered design.

Work Experience

Story2

UX/UI Designer

• Design, test, and maintain Story2’s clean and easy to use interface, ensuring the best possible user-centered approach on the web site and applications
• Direct the visual appearance of all new features and enhancements
• Develop wireframes, prototypes, behavioral specifications, and produce finished design files ready for handoff to developers
February 2015 - New York, New York, United States

Edradar / Wired Academic - New York, NY

UX Designer

• Delivered a responsive website design (mobile and desktop), simplified the site structure, and created the visual rebranding as WiredAcademic pivots to its new identity: edradar
• Performed research including user interviews, competitive and comparative analysis and user personas creation to represent target audiences
• Iterated design from sketching and wireframing to prototyping and user testing
October 2014 - November 2014 New York, New York, United States

General Assembly

User Experience Design Immersive UXDI Student

• Completed and presented 5 projects in a 10-week period, including mobile app, responsive and desktop design. The lectures and workshops covered concepts and best practices in the field
September 2014 - November 2014 New York, New York, United States

Emphasize LLC

Independent Designer

Certified M/WBE Business vendor in NYC and NYS
• Develop innovative approach for design services for diverse clients, including non-profit organizations
• Provide creative direction, including conceptualizing design and managing the production process from inception to completion according to client needs, while ensuring consistent and effective application of brand identities
• Produce graphic art and visual materials for promotions, exhibitions, events, films, signs, collateral materials, as well as a variety of media and web sites
2005 - February 2015 New York, United States

Nancy Steinson Sculpture

Graphic Assistant

• Established and compiled digital archive
• Digitized and retouched slides and photographs of the artwork, created contact sheets and CD’s for galleries
2005 - 2006 Brooklyn, New York, United States

Cutting Vision

Digital Media Intern

• Designed in-house corporate materials and motion graphics for video projects
2004 - 2005 New York, New York, United States

MIC Graphic Design

Independent Graphic Designer

• Created brand identities, designed and produced promotional items and collateral materials for eco-tourism and public campaigns focusing on the preservation of the environment, cultural heritage, and vernacular architecture
• Managed projects from concept to completion. Coordinated and supervised the work of photographers, printers, and providers
• Developed visual identities for EOLIA, a proposed off-shore wind farm for producing sustainable energy, and Pretty Island, a non-profit organization promoting the restoration and reuse of the deteriorated urban landscape
January 1998 - December 2000 Colombia

Comfenalco

Graphic Designer

• Designed corporate communications materials such as annual reports, newsletters, bulletins, and an employee newspaper
• Produced promotional and collateral pieces for customers and in-house departments
• Managed workflow for design projects, maintained schedules and multiple concurrent projects in different stages, and coordinated print services
• Researched suppliers and managed external graphic freelancers, photographers, illustrators, and vendors
1995 - 1997 Medellin, Colombia

Grupo Creativo UPB

Graphic Designer

Developed all aspects of design concepts, corporate identity, and environmental graphics for the XXIV National Conference of Colombian Architects “Architecture & Environment”, San Andres Island; led design direction of a multidisciplinary team, coordinating print production of stationery systems, posters, banners, maps, signs, and promotional materials. Supervised the development and installation of events
1995 - 1995 Colombia

Education

General Assembly

User Experience Design Immersive

September 2014 - November 2014 New York, New York, United States

Noble Desktop

Certificate in Web Design

May 2014 - August 2014 New York, United States

Noble Desktop

Certificate in Web Development

May 2014 - August 2014 New York, United States

School Of Visual Arts (SVA)

Milton Glaser Summer Program

Continuing education course
2008 - New York, New York, United States

New York University

M.S. Digital Imaging and Design

2002 - 2004 New York, New York, United States

Pontificia Bolivariana University

BA in Graphic Design

Thesis Project with honors, Educational Graphic Interface
1990 - 1994 Medellin, Colombia

Languages

Spanish (Native),
English (Fluent),

Awards

Logolounge

logo selected for publication

2010

IV Hall Op Graficas 40 Years. Colombia

second place winner

2007

Logolounge

logo selected por publication

2006

Sociedad Colombiana De Arquitectos

XVII Biennial Of Colombian Architecture, Restoration of vernacular island housing with Fernando Villa architect, selected project

2001

Skills

Adobe Premier, After Effects, Autodesk Maya, Axure, Combustion, Corel Draw, CSS, Design Thinking, Dreamweaver, Excel, Fireworks, Flinto, Graphic Design, HTML, Identity Design, Illustration, Illustrator, Indesign, Interaction Design, Interface Design, InVision, Motion Graphics , OmniGraffle, Photography, Photoshop, POP, Post Production, Powerpoint, Print Design, Prototyping, QuarkXpress, Sketch, Sketching, Storyboarding, User Experience, Visual Design, Web Design, Wireframing, Word, WordPress,