User Experience Design

Hello 👋, I'm Chris

And I help teams design and implement digital products.

I've had the opportunity to work across various organizations throughout my career, from startups to large enterprises. My current role is designing within an enterprise for virtual K-12 education.

This website includes stories of my previous work experience. It's not all-inclusive and just a sample. But it should give you some context for the type of experience and quality of my work. — Chris

Experience with:


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Employment History (resume)

Pearson Online Blended Learning — User Experience Design Specialist

  • Lead and contribute to capabilities across the organization within a SAFe framework
  • Prepare design vision for solutions road map
  • Work with product and development teams to plan and implement
  • Mentor and provide feedback for other UX team members
  • Conduct and promote user research — usability, user interviews
  • Summarize findings and share them with stakeholders
  • High fidelity prototypes (HTML, CSS, JS, Angular)
  • Review pull request for front end standards

Columbia, MD - 2018 to Current

Pearson Online Blended Learning — User Experience Design Manager

  • Managed full-time and contract designers within the UX team
  • Mentored and supported members with design deliverables
  • One-on-Ones and performance reviews

Columbia, MD - 2017 to 2018

Pearson Online Blended Learning — Senior User Experience Designer

  • Provided UX support as the organization shifted from a legacy-based platform
  • Worked with stakeholders gathering requirements
  • Produced wire frames, user flows, prototypes, and usability testing

Columbia, MD - 2015 to 2017

Connections Education — User Experience Designer, Enrollment Systems

  • Designed and advocated for adopting best practices
  • Proposed solutions for mobile-first strategy, form design, usability testing, CRO
  • Within an Agile environment

Columbia, MD - 2013 to 2015

Avvo.com — User Experience Designer

  • Lead UX design efforts from concept to production
  • Participated in and conducted user research/usability
  • Produced rapid prototypes (HTML5, CSS3, jQuery)
  • Conducted stakeholder reviews
  • Partnered with engineering throughout production and test
  • Developed internal style guide

Seattle, WA - 2007 to 2013 (5 years 6 months)

Microsoft Office Live — User Interface Designer

  • Designed specifications for the MS Office UX team
  • Bug bash and UI maintenance

Redmond, WA - 2007 (5 months)

Microsoft — Flash Demo Designer

  • Gathered stakeholder requirements
  • Produced and maintained MS Office solutions showcase walk through
  • Built software demos with Flash

Redmond, WA - 2006 to 2007 (8 months)

Exemplum — Flash Designer

  • Gathered client brand requirements
  • Produced high fidelity mock-ups for review
  • Developed Product demonstrations with Flash and video
  • New business marketing collateral

Blacksburg, VA - 2005 to 2006 (1 year)

Freelance/Self-Employment — Web Designer

  • Seeked new business opportunities
  • Responded to client rfp
  • Scheduled, designed and developed approved client work within a deadline

Greensboro, NC - 2004 to 2005 (1 year 1 months)

Symetri Corp / Trone Advertising — Sr. Web Designer

  • Lead design efforts with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Gathered client requirements and management
  • Facilitated design reviews to high level stakeholders
  • Managed Jr. level designers
  • Partnered with art/creative directors to extend campaigns online

Greensboro, NC - 2000 to 2004 (4 years 5 months)

Spin Communications — Multi-Media Designer

  • The small digital agency where it all started for me
  • Provided design solutions across various mediums
  • CD-ROM (Macromedia Director), video production, web design/development

Greensboro, NC - 1998 to 2000 (2 years 5 months)


Continuing Ed / Online Courses

MDN Guides, Learn JS

2021

Code with Ania Kubow - PACMAN in vanilla JS, HTML and CSS

2020

Code with Ania Kubow - Space Invaders in vanilla JS, HTML and CSS

2020

WesBos, CSS Grid

2020

Udemy.com - Advanced CSS and SASS - Jonas Schmedtmann

2020

WesBos Beginner Javascript

2019

WesBos ES6 For everyone

2019

Udemy.com - Learn and understand Angular JS

2019

Udemy.com - The complete Javascript Course - Jonas Schmedtmann

2018

freeCodecamp - JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures

2018

WesBos Javascript 30 days of JS

2018

SeanWes Community - Build a writing habit

2016 to present

User Experience Workshop on Qualitative UX Research Tools

UXPA DC Metro Chapter (Washington, DC) - 2013

User Experience Design Process & Principals

Canvas Co/work (Washington, DC) - 2013

UIE Conference Seattle

Jarad Spool (Seattle, WA) 2011

Scenarios to Sketches with Kim Goodwin

Puget Sound SIGCHI (Seattle, WA) - 2011


Currently Reading

  • MDN Learn Javascript
  • Atomic Habits
  • Design of Everyday Things
  • Interviewing Users


School

Multi-Media Design

The School of Communication Arts (Raleigh, NC) - 1997 to 1998

Commercial Art & Advertising Design

Associates Degree @ Fayetteville Tech Community College (Fayetteville, NC) - 1995 to 1997


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