Full-Stack Designer

I SYNTHESIZE COMPLEX, TECHNICAL IDEAS INTO A SIMPLE, CONSUMER-FRIENDLY VISUAL LANGUAGE.

Information Architecture, design, cross-platform continuity, UI/UX, and strategic design all wrapped up in one neat little bundle of joy. I help to demystify the process for non-technical clients freeing up collaboration and fresh ideas. It’s time to design with a purpose in mind.

From crafting a brand to complying with a guideline, I use 15+ years of experience to design & translate brands with purpose and across multiple platforms with care. As an accomplished full-stack designer with the proven ability to direct, concept, develop and implement strategies which support and grow business objectives. Leading development and design within the technology sector by incorporating 15+ years of award winning design experience and 7+ years of management in education, healthcare, and manufacturing industries.

Experience

8/15 - Current

Studio Production Manager
Cambia Health Solutions (Regence BlueCross & BlueShield, Asuris, BridgeSpan Health, & others)

Manages studio operations of the in-house agency to make sure that volume, cost, and quality standards are achieved. Ensures physical and workforce resources are adequate to meet the organization’s production schedule for print and digital properties. Manages the activities of production personnel including workflow, methods, and work force utilization. Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Leads and directs the work of others while bringing joy to the studio. Jumps in as needed due to full-stack design capabilities to ensure client satisfaction, brand compliance, and overall quality control between teams.

 

  • Developing digital processes and procedures to ensure cross-team collaboration across multiple departments
    Result: 60% reduction in meeting hours per sprint
  • Implementing procedures to ensure creative voice, brand alignment, and VP approvals both upstream of work and downstream
    Result: Average job length dropped from 40 working days down to 10 working days
  • Implementing new management software, traffic/scrum meetings, QC, & internal reviews
    Result: rounds of revisions dropped by 83%
  • Planning and organizing production schedules
    Result: Average of 150 projects per week at various levels of effort with a 93% on-time delivery rate
  • Estimating, negotiating, and budgeting with internal clients
    Result: Between 64-75% studio utilization rates
  • Project management of UX/UI, Copy, & implementation for all main websites, emails, and microsites
    Result: more seamless experience through multiple channels
  • Full-stack designer pulled in as consultant on high visibility, high impact, & C-suite level projects as go-to for design, implementation, and follow-through
    Result: 100% on-time rate with 100% 1-round of approval across all projects

8/13 - 5/15

Lead Designer
Lightspeed Systems

Responsible for establishing creative direction for the entire line of online services, products, and programs while directing creative work including audience promotions, advertising, and all web-based creative work. Overseeing print production, graphic art, and web development. Assists with audience research and develops creative briefs and design concepts to meet business objectives. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Leads and directs the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude.

 

  • Using a combination of Agile and Waterfall methodologies along with HTML & CSS in creation of both client facing microsites and internal intranet
    Result: 8,693 Registered Users within the first year of implementation, and standardizing
    on-boarding for 200+ employees
  • Creating assets for the web and cross-platform app usage
    Result: Continuous branding across the web and native apps for iOS, Windows, Android, Apple, & HTML5 compatible devices
  • Working with partners such as Intel, Samsung, & Sprint on collaboration collateral
    Result: Empowering girls with an uptick in endorsing a more gender neutral or female slanted national campaigns
  • Full-stack designer background to bridge the gap between Developers & Designers
    Result: Thorough testing and debugging leading to 72% decrease in lead-times
    Result: fully researched, analyses, and scoping of project flows in days rather than weeks
  • Guru-level time & project management
    Result: Project management of multiple long and short-term projects with a 95% on-time completion rate
  • Working with international team in London & Australia for international campaigns
    Result: One of the largest presences at BETT every year
  • Branding Lightspeed Systems Connect Conference 2014 & 2015
    Result: Smooth, continuous branding and user experience from pre-registration rollouts to conference day for 300+ attendees
  • Full-stack designer in Print and Digital leading to creation of all collateral and Advertising Lead for the Americas, EMEIA, & Australia
    Result: 2,000+ pieces within the first year

6/01 - Present

Creative Consultant / Full-Stack Designer
Freelance

Acts as a client advocate and trusted partner to guide them through the creative process and/or development while actively managing relations with designers, artist, developers, and non-technical teams to produce strategic projects that further business objectives. Draws on years of experience in branding and technology to bring ever-evolving trends based in data to produce fresh solutions. Excellent interpersonal skills allowing for open communications between clients and creatives.

  • Direct management of 3-5 person teams in remote worldwide locations
  • Brand & Identity Development
    Result: Two ADDY awards (1 Gold and 1 Bronze thus far)
  • UI & UX Development
    Result: Average of 62,400 lines of HTML & CSS written per year
  • Project management of multiple discipline projects
    Result: 3 independent comic books, 2 plays off Broadway, 15 speaking engagements, 4 children’s books
  • Software Testing and Debugging
  • Prototyping

12/07 - 2/13

Design Manager
International Water Screens

Manages design efforts &  ensures the drawings and designs are completed on time and adhere to the established specifications and standards. Prepares project schedules, bids, or proposals.  Communicates directly with contractors/designers concerning project cost, staffing, and scheduling. Prepares project status reports and works to ensure plans adhere to contract specifications. Manages full lifecycle of projects. Supervises office activities to achieve maximum expense control and productivity. Develops procedures and policies for office activities.

 

  • Creative consultant for advertising, design, and graphics
    Result: Decreased design cost by $9k/year ($54k/5 year average)
  • Built relationships with multimillion-dollar companies such as Army Corps of Engineers, Siemens, Department of Water Resources, and the United States Government
    Result: Reduction in response time for RFP, RFQ, & Submittal and implementation of standardized response procedures
  • Implemented and upheld company-wide standards
    Results: Government acceptance and 40% reduction of RFQ
  • Managed and coordinated projects with out-of-state and out-of-country clients and/or remote teams
    Results: 22% Growth internationally (4 million over 5 years)
  • Designed and executed over 800 technical drawings per year for engineers, government agencies, and patents

10/04 - 10/07

Project Coordinator
Lennar Homes

Responsible for the coordination and completion of projects. Oversees all aspects of projects. Sets deadlines, assigns responsibilities, and monitors and summarizes progress of a project. Prepares reports for upper management regarding status of a project.

 

  • Brought Marketing and Design operations in-house
    Result: Decreased overhead by $40k-$60k per community
  • Managed design implementation on average 3-4 communities
    Result: Complete Lifecycle Project Management – from multiple community conceptions, marketing, and budgeting, to sales and end of project wrap up spanning an average of 2-3 years per community
  • Streamlined Drafting operations and procedures
    Result: saved $12k-$20k on architectural fees per community ($53k/year average)
Volunteering

Mentor for kids interested in technology
Mentor for Women in Technology
Speaker: “Hour of Code” & “Women Who Code”
Leads writing workshops to help develop creative skills
Speaker: Digital Design for Education

Certifications & Affiliations

AIGA – Design leader
Certified Associate in Project management (CAPM) – in-process

Awards

RENOARTIO Illustration winner – 2016
Gold ADDY – Creative Direction (AAF) 2013
Bronze ADDY – Creative Direction (AAF) 2012

Education

AS Visual Communications w/hons
Brooks College Long Beach, CA – 2004

Adobe Creative Suite

Illustrator
Photoshop
InDesign
Premier
Dreamweaver

Sketch
Prototyping

Proto.io
Invision/Inspect
Lucidchart

Front-end development

Wordpress
HTML & CSS
Java scripting
light PHP
Bootstrap

Digital Content Creative Direction
Designing for SaSS

Software
Systems
LMS/VLE

Team management

up to 5 direct reports
up to 30 indirect reports

Discovery, Research, & Planning
Communication
Data analysis, & management
Problem assessment & analysis
Unity 5.5

-Learning as a stretch skill