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STEPHENI MENDEZ

DESIGNER

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 — designer, manager, mentor and workshop facilitator among them.

As a holistic designer I am equipped with over a decade of design skills in  product, web, brand, digital, marketing and advertising. The key component in all my roles has been a fanatical focus on the experiences of the user.

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 innovation. In my experience, these elements leave job titles behind and focus on moving the business forward and bringing the customer closer to the brand.

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

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.

Key Tools and Skills

Adobe Creative Suite

Sketch

Zeplin

Axure

Figma

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 shapes design and vice versa

Design Skills

Deep understanding of typography, harmony, unity, shape, color, grid systems, positive and negative space as well as design thinking phases for product design

I can bring value to your team.

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