UX Designer and Researcher at Onyx Valley Studios
September 2018 – present
Onyx Valley is a startup based in Philadelphia that helps students and career changes get experience in the UX design industry. I participated in the UX portfolio program at Comcast, Onyx Valley Studios which is a student-led agency and I was a campus rep for the company.
I got to experience working with different clients in the Philadelphia area. I worked with a team of 5 to conduct research within these companies and find UX problems that me and my team can solve. We worked with a total of 3 clients during my time there (Spruce Street Harbor Park, The City of Philadelphia: The Office of Immigration Affairs and The Office of Special Events)
As a campus rep, I taught UX workshops on Temple’s campus with orgs on the campus. I introduced what UX design was to participants and ended the workshops by allowing them to work in teams and complete a design sprint. This experience has helped me develop my research skills, how to manage clients and has ultimately built up the quality of my portfolio.
ACM-W (Association of Computing Machinery Women’s Chapter) Board Member/ Designer
September 2018 – May 2019
ACM-W is an org dedicated to supporting women in STEM. I came on as an E-board member and Designer. As an E-board member, I attended weekly meetings to help plan out events for the semester. I also helped facilitate the weekly meetings we had with the members of Responsible for creating flyers for upcoming events and designing and updating the organization’s website.
As a designer, I created the flyers for the orgs events. I also worked closely with a developer to re-design the orgs website to add new features that better suited their needs. I had the opportunity to teach a UX design workshop for the members and the org. This opportunity allowed me to gain my first leadership position and introduce new topics to the members of the org.
January 2019 – present
I specialize in designing websites for small businesses and brands. My process to design a website starts with a consultation with my client. I then take their concerns and continue to do research. I do competitive analysis and look for what their direct audience needs. From there, I start ideating solutions and wireframing their website or app. During this process, I keep in touch with the client and give them frequent updates on how the project is going.
Freelancing has allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and really push my work out there to get clients. It’s also definitely made me more responsible when it comes to handling invoices, staying in constant communication with clients and managing my time to make sure I finish projects on time.
Content Creator Intern at EveryStylishGirl
June 2018 -September 2018
EveryStylishGirl is a fashion publication based in New York. I came on as a content creator intern to help with their social media content. I edited weekly inspiration post for their Instagram account. This contributed to the growth of 4,000+ followers. I also edited their YouTube videos using Adobe Premiere Pro. These videos included lookbooks and videos for grant submission.
This position allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone when it came to visual design. I had to submit work on tight deadlines, and create many variations of a design in order to give my boss options for their social media posts. I met many people in the design and media industry that I still keep in contact with today. Being an intern at this company helped me decide which path I wanted to go down for my career.
Girls Who Code Participant Viacom
July 2015 – August 2015
Girls Who Code was my introduction to technology. For 7-weeks, I got to work out of the Viacom headquarters in Times Square and learn Computer Science. I learned web and mobile development, data structures, graphic design, and animation. At the end of the program, I was teamed up to work on a final project. I lead a team of 4 to develop a website to help inform millennials about the election that I later pitched to the Viacom team.
This experience was what made me choose to go down the tech path in college. I made connections that I still keep to this day and because of my experience at Viacom, I’m looking to work within a media company after graduating.