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Experience: 6 Years
Location: Detroit, MI
Multi-disciplined analyst and prior UI/UX designer with over six (6) years of experience – three (3) at a leading mid-size web and mobile application design agency, over one (1) year at a downtown Chicago technology private investments start-up, and two (2) years as a freelancer. Majoring in Management Information Systems and Business Analytics.
APP EXPERIENCE = Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Flash Catalyst, Fireworks), Coda, Microsoft Expression Blend, Atlassian JIRA/Confluence, OmniGraffle Pro, TortoiseSVN, Microsoft Office Suite.
Lead Strategist, User Experience (UI/UX) Architect
August 2012 – September 2013 (1 year 2 months) Downtown Chicago, Illinois
Led the creative and strategic direction of the Fundology web platform, an intelligent private investment networking and deal discovery tool (SaaS) tailored to business owners, investors, and M&A advisors.User Experience Designer
October 2009 – July 2012 (2 years 10 months) Grand Rapids, Michigan
Served as the UI/UX Designer on enterprise web and mobile application projects for a wide variety of Fortune 500 clients. I also became the lead project proposal/RFP response designer for Cynergy's senior sales team (90+ proposals) and was nominated to serve as the primary interaction prototyper (Adobe Flash Catalyst).
(+) ROLE: UI/UX ARCHITECT - Fulfilled the need for an architect-type technical role on several web and mobile projects to ensure the integrity of each concept and interface design was maintained throughout the development process. This niche role essentially bridged an infamous disconnect between UI/UX designers, technical leads, and enterprise service developers.
(+) ROLE: APP PROTOTYPER - Added to several project teams as the primary web and mobile app prototyper. Specialized in creating realistic, interactive application prototypes for client demonstration and product innovation purposes using Adobe Flash Catalyst–a new-market (beta) experimental tool. I was nominated by interest and demonstrated skill to be the primary tester of the tool for future project use.
(+) ROLE: PROPOSAL DESIGNER - Led the creative and structural design process for all outbound project proposals (agency-wide initiative). Produced 90+ proposals and RFP responses in close collaboration with the CEO and the enterprise sales team (used Adobe InDesign CS5).
APPS = Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Flash Catalyst, Fireworks), Coda, Microsoft Expression Blend, Atlassian JIRA/Confluence, OmniGraffle Pro, TortoiseSVN, Microsoft Office Suite.Web/Graphic Designer, UI Developer
2006 – 2009 (3 years) Greater Detroit Area
Managed several web design, branding, and advertising projects for a wide range of clients.
Agencies I've Worked For
Cynergy Systems (now KPMG)
Fundology (Chicago technology start-up)
Education / QualificationsB.S., Management Information Systems and Business Analytics
Adobe Business CatalystAdobe Creative SuiteAdobe PhotoshopData analysis
Interaction designMobile App DevelopmentSentiment analysisUser interface design
Website AnalyticsWindows 8 App DevelopmentUser Experience ConsultingContent Strategy
AwardsFundology, Chicago's Top 10 Coolest Emerging Start-ups (2013)
Awarded by: 1871, Chicagoland Entrepreneur Community (CEC)
The CEC, in conjunction with the Sixth Annual Momentum Awards, launched a city-wide contest to identify Chicago’s Coolest Startup. Over 200 nominated start-ups, placed in the top 10 in 2013.
“The CEC is thrilled with the community’s response to this exciting new award. With over 5,000 votes for Chicago’s Coolest Startup, it is apparent that there are many incredible companies in our city with loyal users and supporters cheering them on,” said Jim O’Connor Jr., Co-Chairman of the CEC Board of Directors and interim CEO.
The Coolest Startup Award is a citywide effort to identify Chicago’s coolest startup and bring greater recognition to the city’s dynamic entrepreneurial community. Nominated companies must be based in Chicago, be less than 3 years old, and have fewer than 15 employees.