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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 PRODUCT 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.

 

Lynette Padilla and I talking about women in the creative industry on Good Morning San Diego. (2014)

SKILLS + QUALIFICATIONS

  • 12+ 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
Thank you Stephanie for all your hard work, late nights and back and forth on this account. Steph has been working remote from Austin for the past several weeks, but she has continued to be an excellent communicator, collaborator, team member and kick-ass visual designer.

You have far exceeded expectations and helped transform the digital face of a Fortune 11 company!
— MARIAH MCFARLAND, Sr Producer at Mirum
Stephanie has been a big influence in my design career. Her wealth of knowledge and eye for design is aspiring and motivational. As my prior instructor and mentor, it’s rare to see a world-class instructor share abundance of knowledge in user-centered design, UX/XD, strategy, and visual design to her students to help them grow. She always has the right design solutions to complex problems to raise the bar. A memorable thing she said is “Design to make the best experience ever”. I loved her love for design and the ability to change someone’s life through design.

If you looking for a top notch designer that will bring “whoa” experiences. I recommend Stephanie for any company or agency.
— Monique Lindsay, Sr. UI/UX Designer | Brand Strategist
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At the studio...


Instructor & Mentor at San Diego Portfolio School

At the studio...


Instructor & Mentor at San Diego Portfolio School

Experience Design Instructor at San Diego Portfolio Studio

Goal: To help creatives build better portfolios.

 

San Diego Portfolio Studio is an award-winning portfolio advancement center that helps designers build new, conceptually based work or polish up what they already have. There are no grades, no tests, no long-term commitments, and no big costs.

The Studio is small and classes have no more than a dozen people - the perfect size for personalized attention. And, their nimble size lets them change and stay connected with an industry that is always moving.

SDPS students took home 32 National, District and Local ADDYS this year—including the coveted National BEST OF SHOW Award!

The Benefits of Mentoring:

  • Sharing my passion with students and instructors in the creative industry who have the same energy and drive about design.
  • Staying connected with other professionals in my field keeps me up to date on latest industry trends, tools, and best practices. Never stop learning!
  • The opportunity to practice my speaking and presentation skills.
  • The warm fuzzy feeling I get when a student reaches out to tell me about a new job/project or perhaps needs a little career guidance.
 
  User Experience Design 401: An exploration of user experience principles in the creation of websites and mobile experiences.  You’ll learn to effectively organize and communicate information, uncover the psychology of interaction principles, prototype and plan, and implement responsive design for clarity and fluency for multiple platforms (websites, tablets and mobile).

 

User Experience Design 401: An exploration of user experience principles in the creation of websites and mobile experiences.  You’ll learn to effectively organize and communicate information, uncover the psychology of interaction principles, prototype and plan, and implement responsive design for clarity and fluency for multiple platforms (websites, tablets and mobile).

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At play...


These are the people, places and things that make me smile.

At play...


These are the people, places and things that make me smile.