Sarah Gleeson

Dara Creative

Dublin, Ireland
I started out as a branding and graphic designer and have built on these skills over the years to move into the world of web design. I am currently a Senior UX Designer at Strata3 in Dublin, Ireland.

Work Experience

Strata3

Senior UX Designer

At Strata3 I am a Senior UX Designer, a role in which my responsibilities include creation of user flows, functional specification, wireframing, user research and testing. I'm also a UI designer working on responsive website design projects.

I work with a number of well known European companies including KBC Bank, eir, Lily O'Brien's and Irish Rail.
June 2015 - Present Ireland

Dara Creative

Senior Designer & Studio Manager

In 2008, I joined the Dara Creative design team where I have had the opportunity to expand my design skills and work with a number of interesting clients such as Consumer Classroom, 48 months and the National College of Ireland.

My background is in branding and print design but as the market changed, Dara Creative's focus shifted towards Website Design. I have spent the last 7 years building up my skills in Web and UX Design, working collaboratively as part of a team of in-house designers and developers.

My main focus at Dara Creative is branding, web and UX design on large scale web projects. In 2013, I was promoted to Studio Manager, a role in which I co-ordinate with the Development and Marketing managers to organise the production schedule. I assign the work to a team of 6 designers and ensure that there are efficient processes in place to increase overall productivity between the teams. In my role as designer I have had to work very closely with a range of clients across many sectors, including project management of projects from start to finish.

I'm a UX designer who loves to work with my clients to create positive brand experiences for their customers. I'm a problem solver and I love new challenges to help people meet their business needs, while also creating great user experiences.


Expertise:
- Branding & Print Design
- Research / Information Capture
- Site Architecture
- Wireframes
- User Personas
- User Flows
- Responsive Design
- UX / UI Design
- Project Management
April 2008 - Present Dublin, Ireland

Ocean Advertising

Junior Designer

At Ocean Advertising and Brand Imagination I worked on a wide range of projects including identities, flyers, signage, advertisements and brochures.I was able to work on designs from concept to finished piece which helped hone skills such as choosing the right stock, colour selection for both print and screen, and creating an eye for detail in artworking, print proofing and colour adjustment. I got the opportunity to work with many high-profile clients such as Opel, Diamond Living, McNally and Ritz-Carlton.
June 2007 - March 2008 Dublin, Ireland

Education

Dublin Institute Of Technology

BA Visual Communication

September 2003 - June 2007 Dublin, Ireland

Awards

Irish Web Awards

Finalist for Best Financial Website

2012

Irish Web Awards

Finalist for Best Education Website

2013

Irish Web Awards

Finalist for Business Choice

2013

IIA Net Visionary Awards

Finalist for Best use of the Internet for Social Good

2013

Digital Media Awards

Finalist for Best Company using Digital

2014

Eircom Spider Awards

Finalist for User Experience

2014

Irish Web Awards

Winner for Best Practice

2014

Skills

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Brand Positioning, Brand Research, Campaign Monitor, Functional Specification, Graphic Design, Illustration, Manager, Print Design, Print Management, Project Management, Site Architecture, User Experience, User Flows, User Personas, Web Design, Wireframing,