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STEPHANIE DARENKAMP


Senior Visual Designer (UI/UX)

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STEPHANIE DARENKAMP


Senior Visual Designer (UI/UX)

Hi, I'm Steph, a digital Design Lead at Mirum Agency in sunny San Diego, Ca.

With over 10 years experience in the digital space, I create intuitive and emotionally engaging experiences that are user-centric, on-brand and scalable across platforms.

 

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Snapdragon


Qualcomm® campaign microsite

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Snapdragon


Qualcomm® campaign microsite

QUALCOMM® SNAPDRAGON CAMPAIGN SITE

Digitaria 2013

At the heart of today's most advanced devices there's a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor supporting a world of next-generation experiences. Each tier of Snapdragon processors is designed to give mobile users a perfect balance of power and efficiency. The result is a broad spectrum of mobile technology that is innovative enough to carry the name Snapdragon.  VIEW SITE

  • Sr. Visual Design
  • Responsive Microsite
  • Worked closely with developer (Phineas Kibbey) on parallax & PNG animation
  • Styleguide & Pattern Library
  • Collaborated with UX/IA teams
 
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Monarch School


Rebranding and digital design for a non-profit school for children impacted by homelessness

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Monarch School


Rebranding and digital design for a non-profit school for children impacted by homelessness

THE MONARCH SCHOOL PROJECT

Digitaria 2014

Monarch School is a public K-12 school in San Diego, California, which is exclusively for students who are homeless, at risk of being homeless, or impacted by homelessness. It is the only such school in the United States. Founded in 1988, the school enrolls approximately 155 students ranging in age from 4 to 19.  VIEW SITE

  • Sr. Visual Design
  • Identity rebranding
  • Responsive Site
  • Collaborated on UX and ideation
 
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Wholepets


Designing an online community for Petco built around the four pillars of complete pet care

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Wholepets


Designing an online community for Petco built around the four pillars of complete pet care

WHOLEPETS BY PETCO

Digitaria 2013

Being a great pet parent is more than just spending quality time with your pet. It's about building a healthy relationship by caring for their physical, mental, social and emotional needs. At Petco, we call this WholePets(TM). Through WholePets, we're committed to providing all the products, services and advice you need to help you care for the complete health and well-being of your pet.

  • Sr. Visual Design
  • Responsive Site
  • Online Hub for pet parents
  • Social campaign integration
 
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Focus 13


Digital presence for LPL Financial's annual conference for the financial service industry

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Focus 13


Digital presence for LPL Financial's annual conference for the financial service industry

FOCUS 13 CONFERENCE

LPL Financial / Digitaria 2013

As the nation’s leading independent broker-dealer*, LPL Financial offers an integrated platform of proprietary technology, brokerage, and investment advisor services to more than 13,000 financial advisors and approximately 680 financial institutions. They also support more than 4,000 other financial advisors with customized clearing solutions, advisory platforms, and technology.

  • Role / Lead Design
  • Responsive Site Design
  • Digital Style Guide
  • UI Pattern Library

The Focus 13 site earned 6 awards for design, usability and best in class.

   

 

 

 
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Project Showcase


I've worked with a variety of clients, projects and platformsboth in-house and at agencies.

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Project Showcase


I've worked with a variety of clients, projects and platformsboth in-house and at agencies.

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Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.


~ Neville Brody

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Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.


~ Neville Brody

I TELL STORIES. I SOLVE PROBLEMS. I MAKE THINGS.

SENIOR VISUAL DESIGNER.  From concepting and design to collaboration and execution: I'm responsible for leading digital media projects, understanding a client’s business and communication goals, and translating them into unique creative solutions for web interfaces, applications, and software. 

DUTIES + RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Develop smart, strategic, and creative solutions that are on-brand and response-oriented.
  • Create user interfaces (UI), pattern libraries, components and layouts that are consistent with a brand’s visual design language.
  • Incorporate revisions per client and/or team feedback as appropriate and ensures changes conform to creative brief and design guidelines.
  • Manages the creation and maintenance of style guides/online design libraries.
  • Lead, inspire, and collaborate with teams to execute on the creative strategy for projects while focusing on innovation and quality.
  • Articulate ideas and communicate proactively to determine visual style, messaging strategy, and conceptual direction.
  • Coordinate closely with production and coding teams to ensure design follows best practices, and is rooted in production reality.
  • Actively consult with account managers and planners about brand, client expectations, and project goals.
  • Stay current on interactive marketing trends, best practices, and emerging technologies.
  • Manage and coach the junior designers including providing art direction/design feedback, daily check-ins on progress/workload and instruction on general best practices for digital design.

 

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SKILLS + QUALIFICATIONS

  • 10+ years of experience in the digital space for major brands with both agency and in-house experience
  • Self-motivated with the ability to juggle multiple projects
  • Communicative, flexible and precise under tight deadlines
  • Strong mentor, positive attitude and desire to learn
  • Sophisticated understanding of visual and experience design, typography, composition and color theory and enthusiasm for pixel-perfect work
  • Strong understanding of information architecture, usability principles and interaction design
  • Great people skills for inspiring and leading client and internal teams
  • A positive attitude, a sense of humor and the ability to thrive in a collaborative environment with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Background in front-end development so familiar with HTML and CSS practices

Stephanie approaches each project with passion and creative drive. This quality attitude proves itself on numerous projects she’s worked on.

Her strengths are her ideation and creative approach to her work and she’s always been one of the strongest designers in the department.
— PAUL DROHAN, Executive Creative Director at Mirum Agency
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From her eagerness to seek out teachers for new techniques and understanding, to the patience and dedication she has shown on the toughest projects, she is one of my most valued colleagues.
— NICOLAS DAVISON, Director of Web Development at Mirum Agency
You’ve done an amazing job of balancing the various teams needs, from thinking strategically to pushing both low-fi and high-fi prototypes for people, customers and team members to react to.

It’s truly been an honor to work along side of you and appreciate your willingness and easy-going approach to drive deep design expertise into our experiments.
— JUSTIN MARR, Chief Design Strategist at Intuit