I joined a core design team at Facebook on a short-term contract to code UI prototypes and interactions, as well as make some contributions to a design system. This was a...more short-term front-end prototyping role. [contracted via Pro Unlimited @ Facebook]
My focus was in executing the concept, strategy, architecture, and visual design of an internal codebase documentation product. I established a design system across the app,...more marketing site, and accounts section and designed the landing page, all marketing materials, and pitch decks.
We built a tool for finance providers that aggregated and contextualized data on 100 million businesses, in order to help our customers monitor their clients' portfolios for...more risks and opportunities. We sold it to Coupa in 2017. I was the sole designer. As our company's purpose shifted and grew, I built our software from a simple mockup, into a carefully researched but utilitarian monitoring screen, into an elegant and forward-thinking ecosystem.
I founded a studio that specializes in designing, developing, and deploying custom-built Wordpress sites. Under the studio’s umbrella I also formed several partnerships with...more other studios for projects ranging from product design to custom Wordpress development of design partners’ work.
Chief Product Officer, HTML5, CSS, SCSS · Riskopy aggregates and contextualizes data on 100 million businesses, helping our customers monitor their… · More clients’ portfolios for risks and opportunities.
I was directly responsible for all things design. The bulk of my work was on the following:
I redesigned the search tool to both broaden the possible parameters and emphasize the most essential data points according to user research. This reduced friction and turned the search tool into a utility in its own right.
I created company profile screens for several company types. I focused on emphasizing the appropriate hierarchy of information for each type, all the while focusing on providing cleaner and clearer access to data.
In response to overwhelming user feedback, I also conceptualized and designed a list feature, allowing users to more easily measure counterparties' data over time.
Lastly, I handled all the non-product design needs as our business shifted and grew; namely pitch decks and landing pages.
Giving a design refresh to an online course platform
Product Designer, User Experience Designer, Sketch App, Principle, Zeplin · Advent Online Learning is an online course platform for people who… · More committed minor crimes and infractions. It's targeted at first offenders to help them break the cycle of unlawful behavior.
Advent was in the process of merging their course software together with one of their other tools – one that enabled judges and parole officers to assign the courses to offenders. They were also incorporating online payment and wanted the site to be mobile responsive for the first time.
I was the sole designer on this project, working with a project manager who interfaced with the client. The client had their own developer in-house.
In a nutshell, my tasks were:
– to redesign both apps to appear as a single entity – to update the site flow to reflect these changes – without requiring any changes to be made to the back-end
What I took away:
Get totally clear on the spec and scope upfront. Early in my career, I was uncomfortable with asking more than a couple questions. I felt it made me look like I didn't know what I was doing. But after a couple projects under my belt, I realized the opposite is true! With experience, I learned to recognize where the questions and confusion most often come up. Being a good designer doesn't mean arriving with all the answers. It means being able to see where the holes are and ask the right questions to fill in the picture. This applies for every step of the design process, by the way, but is especially true in the early stages of any project.
Just because a client isn't especially research-oriented, doesn't mean a designer can't be. When I didn't have much to go on, I went out of my way to get some data I knew would help me better understand the users and their needs.
Lay the ground work for a great design. Visual design is the most fun part for me, and it's easy to get ahead of myself when it's almost time to start making things pretty. But an aesthetic site is worthless if it doesn't suit the client's objectives or make sense to the users. Nowadays I feel uncomfortable designing when I don't have the research and content to back it up.
Go the extra mile to get the best results. There are points throughout the project where I could've done no more than what was asked of me, but I wouldn't have been happy with the result. This is especially true on projects like this where there's no opportunity to iterate after launch. It's worth it to channel my perfectionist and push through that last 5% to make things as perfect as possible for presentations and handoff.