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


From ideation and design to collaboration and execution, I lead digital media projects, understanding business and communication goals, and translating them into unique creative solutions for web, applications, and software.

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


From ideation and design to collaboration and execution, I lead digital media projects, understanding business and communication goals, and translating them into unique creative solutions for web, applications, and software.

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

Skills

  • Interaction design (Flows, prototypes)

    • Create design strategy, identify key interactions of the product and create wireframes and prototypes to communicate the design and test concepts.

  • User Research

    • Elicit clear functional requirements and understand the target audience.

    • Develop and perform appropriate usability tests to validate design and report results to stakeholders and development teams.

    • Develop, apply and test against personas for designs.

  • Visual Design (User interface, brand styles, patterns)

    • Develop engaging visual designs that are consistent with the brand.

    • Develop visual design components such as page layout, form design and icon design.

    • Promote a consistent visual experience across the enterprise application portfolio.

  • Information Design (Sitemaps, Info architecture)

    • Incorporate information architecture into interface designs and develop best practice on the use of controls used to present information such as data visualization.

    • Perform card sorting and other research based activities with users to develop navigation and application information flow.

  • Teamwork and Collaboration

    • Work alongside stakeholders and technology teams, integrating into the Agile process as necessary and coaching team members on user experience design.

    • Provide leadership towards a culture of user-centricity in application design.

  • Documentation (Design System Language, Design libraries)

    • Communicating the design and its rationale effectively is critical to successful projects.

    • Document design specifications, design pattern libraries and research findings.

 

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Tools

Figma

Sketch

Invision

Zeplin

Overflow

Adobe Suite

JIRA

Confluence

Keynote

Agile/Scrum

Knowledge & achievements

  • 15 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


#humblebrags

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
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 Dev 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
Steph has moved the needle/experience for the Central Technology team significantly more in half the time the previous two designers in the same position were able to do.

And they were on site.
— BOBBY BRAY, Principal Visual Design Lead at Intuit (on working remote)
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At play


The people, pets, places and things that make me smile

At play


The people, pets, places and things that make me smile