Leah Shea, Designer in Portland, OR, United States

Leah Shea


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.

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Work Experience

2018 - PRESENT

Digital Product Designer

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
2017 - 2018

Head of Design

  • 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
2016 - 2017

Design Director

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
2013 - 2015

Senior Product Designer

  • 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
2009 - 2013

Senior Visual UX Designer

  • 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
2008 - 2009

Contract Visual Designer

  • Created website designs for Nokia NSeries (Global).
  • Produced concepts and designs for HBO.com.
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite
2007 - 2008

Graphic Designer

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
2007 - 2007

Graphic Designer

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
2003 - 2006

Web and Print Designer

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
2001 - 2002

Web Designer

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