STEPHENI M.

UX/Visual Designer

STRENGTHS

Cross-Functional Designer

I have worked with design and business teams for over 10 years. During that time I have enthusiastically taken on varied roles — production designer, UX designer, team leadership and workshop facilitator.

Much of my career has been with start-ups and on teams with a startup mentality. The energy and grit that often accompanies a startup environment seems to facilitate forward thinking, problem solving and initiative. Three of my core motivations.

I have been called a unicorn — able to ask the right questions and use a wide variety of tools and skills to take projects to the next level and exceed internal or external client expectations. I am also described as highly collaborative and a skilled communicator.

Creative Strategist

My top strength based on the Clifton StrengthsFinder® is Strategic.

People with strong Strategic talents bring creative anticipation, imagination, and persistence to the groups and projects they work on. They can quickly weigh alternative paths and determine the one that will work best and most efficiently. They find the best route moving forward.
StrengthsFinder - STRATEGIC. Rep. N.p.: Gallop, n.d. Web.

This strength has enabled me to contribute to many teams in diverse areas such as:

  • Productivity and process creation and reformation
  • Leveraging new technology
  • Hiring and team building
  • Creative and end-to-end Customer Experience strategy

EDUCATION

With an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design from the University if Northern Colorado in Greeley, I have a strong base in design.

However, I also spent three years doing master's level coursework in psychology through Colorado Christian University. That education has not only honed my communication and listening skills — the study of human minds has also strengthened my ability to lead teams to find unique solutions to customer needs.

My Tools and Skills

Adobe Creative Suite
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Sketch
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Balsamiq
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Axure
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Sharpie/Expo Marker
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I also have experience with tools such as:
Zeplin          InVision          OmniGraffle

UX Skills

Sketching, Wireframing, Prototyping, User Testing, and facilitating design thinking workshops and design sprints

Web Skills

Working familiarity of HTML, CSS, JQuery (though I do not write code) as well as a deep understanding of how code can shape design and vice versa

Design Skills

Deep understanding of typography, harmony, unity, shape, color, grid systems, positive and negative space