Chris Ciesielski, Designer in La Grange, IL, United States

Chris Ciesielski


La Grange, IL, United States
Toptal Member Since
June 16, 2017

Chris is a UI/UX designer with a wide breadth of experience in designing, researching, and testing enterprise-level applications. With ten years of freelance experience delivering projects for customers big and small, he is perfectly comfortable with all aspects of design, from speaking with customers to designing wireframes, and tweaking code.

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Work Experience

2019 - PRESENT

Sr. Product Designer

  • Full stack designer dedicated to the internal policy administration system team that is used to issue and edit auto policies.
  • Supported the external-facing Agent portal where agents can quote and bind policies on a customer's behalf.
  • Interfaced with product management, engineering leads, QA leads and developers on a daily basis. Attended all scrum ceremonies.
  • Helped prioritize road map features and enhancements with product and engineering leadership.
  • Leveraged quantitative user data from our app to help identify current pain points across the user experience.
Technologies: Sketch, InVision, Figma,
2017 - 2019

Senior Experience Designer

  • Served as a dedicated senior UX architect on Arity's cloud-compute and cloud-storage platform teams, including Arity's SDK, data flow, and API intelligence teams.
  • Delivered user journey maps, personas, user stories, static and clickable prototypes (Sketch or InVision), and user research finding reports.
  • Facilitated ideation (LUMA methods), contextual inquiry, industry-specific competitive research, and user testing sessions.
  • Led the design for Arity's Driving Engine SDK releases (iOS and Android). Most UX deliverables for the SDK included callback diagrams, release notes, implementation and technical guides, and UX/UI recommendations.
  • Co-led Arity's pattern library team using atomic design methodology.
Technologies: Telematics, Postman, Apigee, Hadoop, Big Data
2015 - 2017

UX Researcher

General Electric
  • Led UX research efforts for global HR platforms. Conducted both qualitative and quantitative research in remote and in-person settings.
  • Owned a variety of research goals including requirement gathering, assumption validation, and user testing of rapid prototypes.
  • Worked comfortably on Waterfall, Agile, and Lean development methodologies with onsite and remote teams.
  • Produce user journey maps, user personas, UI mockups (desktop and mobile screens), visual style guides, and research findings reports with recommendations.
  • Worked and designed proficiently in responsive HTML, iOS, and Android environments.
Technologies: Usability, Optimal Workshop, InVision, Sketch
2013 - 2015

UX Lead

GE Capital
  • Managed four mid-career employees and mentored two junior UX designers.
  • Defined creative direction and overall project deliverables.
  • Interfaced with project stakeholders and executives to get buy-in and sign-offs on design direction.
  • Conducted the team's performance reviews, annual salary planning, and bonus reviews.
  • Managed project budgets ranging from $250,000 to $5 million.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Axure
2012 - 2013

Interaction Designer

GE Capital
  • Gathered contextual and virtual research to accurately develop user personas and user flow diagrams.
  • Created storyboards, usability studies, wireframes, prototypes, and mind maps to improve information architecture.
  • Produced color comps, mood boards, iconography, and infographics to promote visual design choices.
  • Collaborated with onshore and offshore development teams regarding UI testing, code compliance, and responsive layouts.
  • Served as a project manager on both big and small project teams, comfortably pitching to executive stakeholders.
Technologies: Microsoft Word, Basalmiq, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Axure
2005 - 2012

Lead Designer Interactive Media

Galley Creative Group
  • Designed websites adhering to existing or new branding standards.
  • Developed websites using WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, PHP, HTML, and CSS.
  • Created and maintained Google AdWord campaigns through metatags/keywords and Google Webmaster Tools.
  • Designed print collateral that supported digital campaigns and marketing events.
  • Pitched projects at local, county, state, and federal levels as design lead to secure new projects & contracts.
Technologies: Google Webmaster Tools, Google Analytics, Google AdWords, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Magento, Drupal, WordPress


2009 - 2011

Master's Degree in Historic Preservation - Applied Sciences

School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, Illinois

1999 - 2003

Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design

Maryland Institute College of Art - Baltimore, Maryland



LUMA Certified Practitioner