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Chris Stepanek

Chris Stepanek

Designer
New York, NY, United States
Member since January 6, 2019
With over twenty years of interactive agency and product design experience, Chris has produced a range of solutions for clients such as Starbucks, Walmart, Verizon Wireless, and Expa. He has an extremely varied project history, a deep technical fluency, and an industrial design and architectural background that allows him to move easily between the realms of theory and practice to create clear and engaging design solutions across channels.
Chris is now available for hire
Portfolio
  • AdvisorEngine Client Portal
  • Ando KDS
  • Walmart Digital Roadmap
  • Starbucks Roastery Compass App
  • Desigual Global Site
  • PIMCO Global Site
Employment
  • Head of Design
    2016 - 2019
    AdvisorEngine
    • Established and managed the internal design group.
    • Developed a practice methodology that applies design thinking to all parts of the service and product offering.
    • Led the integration of user testing and analytics gathering within all areas of the product.
    • Developed and policed a brand system for the company and multiple acquisition companies.
    • Partnered with the product team I led design on multiple major product initiatives that helped to define the 3-5 year product roadmap.
    Technologies: InVision, Sketch, Zeplin, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, React
  • Product Design and Strategy Director (Consultant)
    2016 - 2016
    Intersection Co.
    • Led the project team (one of three on the account) responsible for looking at what "digital" meant for Walmart and their next-generation stores.
    • Partnered with a multidisciplinary and skillset team made up of architects (Gensler), planners (Black/Walmart), developers (Intersection/Walmart), and marketing (Walmart).
    • Primarily focused on strategy and vision type work with multiple Walmart business unit heads.
    • Presented weekly scrum style presentations to project leadership and Walmart client stakeholders that covered weekly milestones, new work, gaps in knowledge and tracking to project timeline.
    • Worked with my counterparts at Gensler (the architects on the project) we explored the use of VR in order to quickly prototype ideas and concepts.
    Technologies: Google Slides, Adobe Illustrator, Sketch
Education
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design
    1992 - 1996
    Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY
Experience
  • UI Design20 years
  • Adobe CC20 years
  • User Experience (UX)20 years
  • Web Design20 years
  • Product Design15 years
  • Product Strategy10 years
  • Retail & Wholesale10 years
  • Sketch5 years
Tools
  • Adobe CC
  • Sketch
New York, NY, United States
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