Ellen Varga, Designer in New York, NY, United States
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Ellen Varga

Verified Expert  in Design


New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
April 30, 2019

Ellen has spent over the last eight years in product design, working with a variety of companies from startups, agencies large and small as well as having extensive experience designing for a variety of platforms. She is passionate about solving problems to create best-in-class products that people love.


Work Experience

Senior Product Designer

2018 - PRESENT
Moda Operandi
  • Led the design of the mobile app and discovery squad which oversees the search, editorial, and the Moda trunk-show experience.
  • Managed designers within the app and discovery squad.
  • Worked closely with the engineering and the product teams to come up with launch plans.
  • Collaborated with key stakeholders to align on vision and define the roadmap.
Technologies: Abstracts, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, InVision Studio, InVision

Senior Product Designer

2017 - 2018
  • Owned the design and complete end-user experience for employers and students across web and mobile applications.
  • Designed a new look and feel, including a UI component library, to establish a fresh identity for WayUp.
  • Worked closely with the engineering team to align on functionality, style, and to help manage the build process.
  • Collaborated cross-functionally and worked closely with the executive team to define the product roadmap and specifications for feature requests.
  • Conducted surveys and focus groups to better understand our users' pain points in order to ideate on new approaches and design solutions.
  • Shipped more than ten major product features across the entire product lifestyle, interaction design which has increased user engagement, job applications, and sign-ups.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, InVision

Senior UX/UI Designer

2015 - 2017
  • Led the delivery of integrated digital experiences across web, mobile, and emerging technologies.
  • Designed in-depth wireframes and clickable prototypes in order to test scenarios and end-to-end experiences.
  • Defined interaction models, user task flows, and UI specifications.
  • Worked with a variety of clients including San Pellegrino, Huawei, IBM Watson, IKEA, and Starbucks.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, InVision

UX/UI Design Lead

2014 - 2015
Ivory Digital
  • Oversaw the visual, UX, and UI design for clients in the fashion, luxury, and eCommerce industries.
  • Led client presentations to articulate the brand and UX strategy for a range of clients including Loréal, Illesteva, and Mary Mahoney.
  • Created customized visual identities for clients, and delivered in-depth web style guides.
  • Conducted market research to tailor designs to the target demographic.
  • Ensured that the designs responded seamlessly across desktop and mobile environments, including wireframe development and clickable prototypes.
  • Managed a remote team of developers.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, InVision

UX/UI Designer

2012 - 2014
  • Led the design and execution of interactive campaigns across smart TVs and connected various devices such as Samsung Smart TV, Roku, Xbox, and PlayStation.
  • Partnered with Loréal to create OnBeauty (a best-in-class experience) and led workshops to develop and optimize design concepts to engage users.
  • Created a digital campaign which led to over 100,000 downloads in the first three months.
  • Worked with a range of clients including L'Oréal, the Snapple Group, American Express, General Motors, and Unilever.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, InVision
2007 - 2011

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art and Design

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI, USA


HTML and CSS (Part-time Course)

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