Dane Wesolko, Designer in West Palm Beach, FL, United States
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Dane Wesolko

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Designer

Location
West Palm Beach, FL, United States
Toptal Member Since
July 1, 2019

Dane is an enthusiastic and ambitious designer with fifteen years of experience. He has spearheaded initiatives and strategies while advocating for design thinking to plan, design, and develop delightful human-centered experiences. Firmly believing in learning often and moving fast, Dane's lean approach and entrepreneurial mindset have consistently delivered unique, innovative solutions.

Portfolio

Work Experience

Lead Product Designer

2022 - 2023
Cision
  • Collaborated with a specialized, cross-functional team assembled to focus on creating a best in-class community and software application for experts and creators.
  • Collaborated with a specialized, cross-functional team assembled to focus on projects involving artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • Worked on important, high-profile, high-impact, mission-critical projects with a specialized, cross-functional team.
Technologies: Product Design, User Experience Design, Journey Mapping, Web App UX, Responsive Web Apps, Web App UI, Web Applications

Lead Product Designer, Enterprise

2021 - 2021
SmartRecruiters
  • Acted as project lead facilitating new offerings while owning a larger portion of the enterprise product.
  • Assisted in hiring and recruiting design team members plus mentorship of younger designers.
  • Evangelized design and its value, including collaborating with leadership on process improvements.
Technologies: User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), Web App Design, Rapid Prototyping, Consumer Products, Web App UX, Responsive Web Apps, Web App UI, Web Applications

Senior Interaction Designer

2019 - 2021
Valassis Digital
  • Led the design and strategy for major corporate initiatives while partnering with senior leadership on overall company vision.
  • Innovated design organizations' thinking and delivery by reshaping process models for increased efficiency, leveraging new tooling and prototyping methods.
  • Spearheaded a project that reconciled digital targeting methods and eliminated extraneous interactions by establishing optimal user experiences. This positively impacted the project.
Technologies: Sketch, eCommerce, Advertising Technology (Adtech), Interaction Design (IxD), Figma, Rapid Prototyping, User Flows, Web App UX, Responsive Web Apps, Web App UI, Style Guides, Web Applications, Design Systems

UX/UI Designer

2018 - 2019
IQVIA (Contract)
  • Facilitated the design of a data product launching at an industry-leading conference where it received positive feedback and generated potential customers.
  • Advocated for a user-centered design and implemented design thinking resulting in a better user experience.
  • Fostered remote collaboration between design and stakeholders by establishing more efficient workflow processes with overseas teams.
Technologies: Sketch, Rapid Prototyping, Data Collection, Web App UX, Responsive Web Apps, Web App UI, Dashboards, Web Applications

Front-end Developer

2018 - 2018
Open Up Resources (Contract)
  • Operated with product and engineering teams to launch a pilot web application that grants users access to quality educational curricula.
  • Authored a style guide and a component library, which enabled faster development and product scalability.
  • Advised on other projects when other team members were unavailable.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Edtech, Education Technology (Edtech), Design Systems, Rapid Prototyping, Web, Web App UX, Responsive Web Apps, Web App UI, Style Guides, Web Applications

UX/UI Designer

2017 - 2018
Purpose UX (Contract)
  • Handled the design of web and mobile applications, reinventing the comparator sourcing industry and the workflows of pharmaceutical sales representatives.
  • Managed communication with clients and resolved conflict due to unclear expectations.
  • Operated in client workshops defining product strategy and next phases of design.
  • Formed usable artifacts, speeding up development and securing of funds.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Sketch, Rapid Prototyping, Discovery Workshops, Web App UX, Responsive Web Apps, Web App UI, Web Applications

UX/UI Designer

2016 - 2017
Spreedly
  • Contributed to the design and development of new products, aided in reducing costs, increased revenue, and improved customer experiences.
  • Coordinated with engineering to ship front-end designs which cut downtime to market.
  • Engineered the implementation of marketing and sales tactics, resulting in the generation of qualified leads.
  • Architected a new marketing website codebase, established consistency in visual design, and produced new landing pages.
Technologies: JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Sketch, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), Email Template Design, Rapid Prototyping, Software as a Service (SaaS), Web App UX, Responsive Web Apps, Web App UI, Web Applications

UX/UI Engineer | Emerging Platforms

2016 - 2016
Float Left Interactive
  • Introduced a user-centered design process that satisfies client requests for early-stage planning and results in better communication and product development.
  • Formulated concepts of smart TV applications, contributed to quality assurance and assisted in the timely shipment of products.
  • Aligned with engineering to prototype the functionality of applications and to enhance user experiences of shipped products.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Sketch, User Experience (UX), Rapid Prototyping, Web App UX, Responsive Web Apps, Web App UI, Web Applications

Art Director | Counselor Magazine

2011 - 2016
Health Communications, Inc.
  • Led the redesign of a new style guide, improving the visual appeal and customer appreciation.
  • Collaborated with editorial to implement a new digital workflow, reducing material waste and optimizing for efficiency.
  • Established a new method of planning layouts, which resulted in the delivery of issues ahead of schedule.
  • Awarded ASPHE Bronze for the best cover illustration for artwork in a special edition issue.
Technologies: Visual Design, Rapid Prototyping, Layout, Style Guides, Branding, Design Systems

Senior Graphic Designer

2010 - 2011
The WSR Group
  • Produced time-sensitive financial materials helping acquire investments and funding for represented companies.
  • Conceptualized and delivered a custom website used to promote new business endeavors.
  • Maximized visual design and efficiency in the creation of a monthly email newsletter.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Web Design, Rapid Prototyping, Branding

Graphic and Web Designer

2008 - 2011
Six Five Creative (Freelance)
  • Handled clients using printed collateral to help communicate messaging and gain trust as a reputable source.
  • Designed and developed custom websites, reducing costs and burdens of engaging additional resources.
  • Consulted clients on projects by providing insights and recommendations to strengthen their ability to move forward.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Branding

Graphic Designer

2008 - 2009
Tessuta
  • Designed a consistent visual identity to increase brand recognition.
  • Implemented a new eCommerce platform opening up additional sales channels.
  • Directed photography sessions to capture products in lifestyle and studio settings, building rapport with customers.
  • Researched new materials and application techniques to reduce production costs.
  • Communicated with overseas manufacturers and managed design matrices safeguarding quality assurance.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Rapid Prototyping, Branding
2005 - 2007

Associate's Degree in Graphic Design

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderale - Fort Lauderale, FL, USA

MAY 2018 - PRESENT

Freelancing and Consulting in User Experience

LinkedIn Learning

APRIL 2018 - PRESENT

Axure RP for UX Design

LinkedIn Learning

MARCH 2018 - PRESENT

CSS: Design Systems and Architectures

LinkedIn Learning

FEBRUARY 2018 - PRESENT

Creating a Design System with Sketch

LinkedIn Learning

JANUARY 2018 - PRESENT

Managing a Design System with Sketch

LinkedIn Learning

DECEMBER 2017 - PRESENT

UX Foundations: Research

LinkedIn Learning

NOVEMBER 2017 - PRESENT

UX Research for Agile Teams

LinkedIn Learning

JUNE 2017 - PRESENT

Learning Web Analytics

Lynda.com

MAY 2017 - PRESENT

Google Analytics Essential Training

Lynda.com

APRIL 2017 - PRESENT

HTML5: Structure, Syntax, and Semantics

Lynda.com

APRIL 2016 - PRESENT

User Experience Design

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