I gravitate toward any sort of design in life - from software interface to physical design of everyday items such as the look of a door knob. "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." - Steve Jobs
I love what I do where I get to make things more simple, useful and enjoyable for people through design. I have a passion for empathy towards deep understanding of user's needs, goals and behaviors. My holistic interests are design thinking, user experience design, interface design, industrial design, healthy living, food and yoga. My strengths are my keen ability to see latent user needs; identify problems and opportunities; simplify a complex problem; and learn new tool quickly. I can see things from bird's eye view or in details. I'm also a creative person.
My expertise spans over 3 main areas.
I design and build web apps from start to finish. I can make things pretty and make them work. I mainly build web apps in WordPress platform with Bootstrap framework. On occasion, I work with clients directly to build and maintain websites.
I can produce rapid prototypes or low-fidelity wireframes to hash out ideas and communicate design intention. I create extensive click-able prototypes using Axure RP. Prototypes can be used in usability testing session.
I enjoy turning to research to interface with end-users directly; and to put myself in their shoes. A good experience aligns with user's mental model, needs and behaviors. As a person, I have a diverse background which gives me an invaluable ability to empathize with people from different perspectives.
The following are collective work from working in small, mid-sized to FORTUNE 500 companies. Industry covers Consumer Products, Hobbies & Crafts, Financial Services and Non-Profit Education. I'm happy to talk through each project in person. Interview me.
Below is a high-level summary of my experiences.
St. Louis, MO | Jan 2017 - Current
Member of the Software Architecture and Engineering Practice.
St. Louis, MO | Apr 2016 - Dec 2016 | Jan 2014 – Mar 2015
Responsible for a redesign of two advanced trading platforms; a creation of blueprint map for an internal communication system. Worked with stakeholders to gather information through workshops. Responsible for maintenance of service blueprint map of a new business line of service.
Mesa, Arizona | Jun 2015 - Mar 2016
I helped turn concepts into beautiful and usable websites while working closely with PM and UI Director to ensure deliverables meeting client’s deadline and expectations. As a remote team member, I’m also responsible for ensuring communication is transparent and clear.
St. Louis, Missouri | Sept 2008 - Jan 2014 | 5+ years
At Tacony, I worked in a Web Services team of four members. We provided supports for 17 brands. The work ranged from creating marketing landing pages, email marketing to designing and developing web applications.
St. Louis, Missouri | May 2006 - Aug 2008 | 2+ years
I managed eight websites under the School of Arts and Sciences. Responsible for keeping content of the websites up-to-dated while collaborating with department managers and IT. Handled requests for content and functionality additions in waterfall approach from requirements gathering, documenting, information architecture to design concept, review, development, testing and implementation.
|Psychology in Interaction Design||Interaction Design Foundation||Current|
|Foundations of UX: Usability Testing||Lynda.com||Jan 2014|
|Foundations of UX: Content Strategy||Lynda.com||Jan 2014|
|Foundations of UX: Information Architecture||Lynda.com||Jan 2014|
|Master of Arts in Business Management & Leadership||Webster University||May 2008|
|Bachelor of Arts in Advertising & Marketing Communications||Webster University||Mar 2006|
|Web Development Certification||Webster University||Mar 2006|