Design Experience

Freelance Visual Designer
September 2010 – Present
Freelance design with a focus on product design and user experience. 


Clique Studios
Interactive Designer | Chicago, IL | Sep 2012 – Mar 2018
Worked closely in an agency setting with project managers, engineering teams, and collaborated with other designers to create useful, usable, and delightful interfaces across mobile, web, and large-screen displays. Specific expertise in product based design, responsive design, information architecture, consumer experience design, and building mock-ups and prototypes that illustrate and test design thinking. Pushed for new ideas and improving the user experience beyond the scope of formal efforts or assignments. Worked with clients from all sectors, including startups, software, education, healthcare, finance and eCommerce.


DESIGNfirst Builders
Graphic Designer | Itasca, IL | Jan 2012 – Jun 2012
Designed a wide range of digital and print projects including brochures, mailers, website graphics, oversized signage, trade show booths, banners, way finding pieces, event tickets, and illustrations.


Heartwood Creations
Web Designer and Photographer | Rockford, IL | Nov 2011 – Feb 2012
Photographed products in a studio setting for use across consume website, wholesale website, and catalog. Hands-on involvement in concepting and designing a website redesign and child brand relaunch.


Rockford Bicycle Company
Sales, Service & Design | Rockford, IL | Mar 2006 – Sep 2011
Designed in-store signage, marketing/promotional pieces, email campaigns, and provided website updates and configuration. Customer related activities such as carrying out cash and credit transactions, promoting business operations and services and customer relations. Responsible for taking in repairs and performing basic mechanical skills.


Meatheads
Social Media Intern | Schaumburg, IL | Oct 2010 – Apr 2011
Designed in-store signage, marketing/promotional pieces, and digital components used across email and social channels to promote Meatheads and community events. Filmed and photographed Meatheads experiences through blogging, Twitter, and Facebook. Interacted and invited others to join the Meatheads community.


Heartwood Creations
Production Artist | Rockford, IL | Dec 2007 – Mar 2009
Handled production work on digital, print and large format jobs. Combined customer logos with existing in-house art for use in laser engraving production.


Education

The Illinois Institute of Art
Schaumburg, IL | 2007 – 2011
B.A. Graphic Design, with honors


Toolbox & Skills

UX/UI
Sketch, InVision, Kite Compositor, Principle, Camunda Modeler

Design
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom

Other
Premiere Pro, After Effects, Keynote, Video, Photography, Social Media & Marketing, Blogging, Hand Lettering, Illustration