Leah Shea, Designer in Portland, OR, United States
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Leah Shea

Verified Expert  in Design


Portland, OR, United States
Toptal Member Since
October 23, 2019

Leah has over 15 years of professional design experience, producing digital products in healthcare, sports, entertainment, fintech, and distributed technologies. She has worked for companies such as Google, American Express, Comcast, Bloomberg, ESPN, NBC Universal, and HBO. Leah specializes in user research, product strategy, UX and UI design, prototyping, testing, brand experience, and team facilitation.


Work Experience

Digital Product Designer

2018 - PRESENT
Self Employed
  • Led research, UX, and visual design for client onboarding and online account experience for private wealth management investment platform.
  • Conceptualized directions, produced decks, and facilitated design workshops for tech-enhanced clinical trials company.
  • Facilitated conceptual design workshop sessions for a global sports company.
  • Headed research, strategy, and branding for a decentralized network startup.
  • Facilitated user and concept workshops, and designed and prototyped UX concepts for fashion/clothing startup.
Technologies: Abstracts, Slack, Notion, CSS, HTML, Microsoft Office, Zeplin, InVision, Figma, Sketch, Adobe Creative Suite, iOS, Product Design, UX Design, Mobile UX Design, Mobile UI Design

Head of Design

2017 - 2018
  • Collaborated with three remote team members to establish sustainable revenue models for an art sharing platform through research, testing, and iteration.
  • Worked with the developer to produce UX and UI design for app and web enhancements.
  • Created designs for app featured by Apple on the App Store.
  • Facilitated evolution of brand experience development.
  • Worked with the community manager to produce marketing assets.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Marvel, InVision, Sketch, Adobe Creative Suite, iOS, Product Design, Figma, UX Design, Mobile UX Design, Mobile UI Design

Design Director

2016 - 2017
Uncorked Studios
  • Worked directly with a tech company to design and produce Innovation Lab products.
  • Managed and worked with the internal design team and client team for lifestyle sports brand mobile app.
  • Worked directly with fashion/clothing startup to design and produce investor decks.
  • Aided in business development of company.
  • Evolved design practices and company culture.
  • Managed direct reports and their goal development.
Technologies: Marvel, InVision, Sketch, Adobe Creative Suite, iOS, Product Design, UX Design, Mobile UX Design, Mobile UI Design

Senior Product Designer

2013 - 2015
  • Collaborated with clients and teams to create for both new and existing digital products and services.
  • Facilitated workshops with key stakeholders to define product vision and success metrics.
  • Researched, concept-tested, and designed UX and UI for mobile, web, and TV short-form video applications.
  • Facilitated brand workshops and evolved UI design alongside the client design team for media publications brand.
  • Researched and designed for Android Wear products.
  • Designed and tested online payment experience for a financial services company.
  • Worked with energy consumption startup to design dashboard UI.
  • Conducted interviews and part of the recruitment team, helping to define and refine interview processes.
  • Served as part of the team to create initiatives promoting diversity and gender equality in our workplace.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Pixate, Marvel, InVision, Sketch, Adobe Creative Suite, iOS, Product Design, UX Design, Mobile UX Design, Mobile UI Design

Senior Visual UX Designer

2009 - 2013
  • Collaborated directly with clients and teams to discover and understand through research, develop strategic steps, and design experiences and systems for desktop, tablet, and mobile interfaces.
  • Researched, designed, and tested for financial services platform.
  • Researched and designed for the first FDA-approved mobile diabetes application.
  • Designed iOS and Android client services mobile apps for a major investment company.
  • Designed and conducted user testing for a private wealth management platform.
  • Designed high school athletes' mobile web experience for the sports network.
  • Designed and user-tested for an electronic health record iPad application.
  • Designed a mobile radio application for publications company.
  • Helped to lead the visual design practice by defining and refining processes.
  • Mentored junior designers on client projects.
  • Performed interviews and was part of visual design recruitment team.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Adobe Creative Suite, iOS, Product Design, UX Design, Mobile UX Design, Mobile UI Design

Contract Visual Designer

2008 - 2009
  • Created website designs for Nokia NSeries (Global).
  • Produced concepts and designs for HBO.com.
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite

Graphic Designer

2007 - 2008
IQ Interactive
  • Collaborated with the creative director to produce concepts for pitches.
  • Created animations for UPS website.
  • Created animations for IBM website.
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite

Graphic Designer

2007 - 2007
Armchair Media
  • Created website designs for educational platform.
  • Worked with the creative director to produce branding and print collateral for architecture and design conference.
  • Produced branding concepts and designs for music and media startup.
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite

Web and Print Designer

2003 - 2006
LeMans Corporation
  • Worked with brand owners to design websites for consumer-facing brands and product retailer use within the Power Sports industry.
  • Collaborated with the development team to maintain and grow company intranet and warehouse applications.
  • Created concepts and production for trade show graphics.
  • Worked with the creative director to produce product and location photography.
  • Designed print collateral and worked directly with print shops to produce pamphlets and business cards.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Adobe Creative Suite

Web Designer

2001 - 2002
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Learning Technology Department
  • Worked alongside developers to create digital course materials and multiple standards complaint sites for the university.
  • Designed web designs using Adobe Suite, Dreamweaver, HTML, and CSS.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Adobe Suite
2006 - 2008

Diploma in Design and Media Architecture

Portfolio Center - Atlanta, Georgia

1998 - 2002

Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design and Advertising

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - Whitewater, Wisconsin, United States


Figma, Sketch, InVision, Marvel, Adobe Creative Suite, Zeplin, Microsoft Office, Slack, Principle


iOS, Android, Adobe Suite, Shopify, WordPress

Industry Expertise

Sports, Exercise & Fitness, Social Networking




Visual Design, Mobile Apps, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), Graphic Design, Wireframing, Web Design, Digital Product Design, Product Design, Mobile UI Design, Branding, Prototyping, UX Design, Mobile UX Design, Pixate, Notion, Abstracts, Decentralized Applications, Cryptocurrency, Startups, Photography, Logo Design, Investor Presentations, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Wearables, Running, Fitness Trackers, Android Wear, User Interviews, User Flows, UI Animation, Art, Design Systems, Responsive Design, Brand Guidelines, User Research, A/B Testing, Workshop Facilitation, TV UI, Video Streaming, Responsive Web Apps, Concept Testing, User Personas, Concept Development, Reading Interfaces, Mobile Web, Tablet UI, Design Leadership, Books, Mobile Payments, P2P, Design Tools, Style Guides, Personas, UI Style Guides, Information Architecture (IA), Google, Digital Design, Advertising Design

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