Mari is a top-notch lead product, UX, and visual designer who has successfully led teams and projects all over the world for over 15 years. What she does best is to build UX and visual design ecosystems whether it be native web apps or Marcom websites. Basic tenets of how she thinks about design is to audit legacy products, empathize with users, define problems, brainstorm solutions, prototype the product, and then test. Repeat if necessary.
This is my own consultancy agency, where I designed websites and applications from kickoff to launch for tech companies in California.
Industries that I've worked with: automotive, biotechnology, finance, mobile, pharmaceutical, photography, publishing, real estate, internet security, and video production. Projects can be viewed on my website: http://mgsquared.net/.
Radiators.com—designed the responsive website. http://mgsquared.net/.
ProPosal—designed the native app. See at dribbble.com/mgsquared.
Autodesk—redesigned, audited the website, and performed comparison analysis.
Badgeville—performed site audit, analysis, UX, and created wireframes.
BioRad Laboratories—created sales collateral, and designed the corporate website.
NQ Mobile—designed the trade show graphics, info-graphics, and iconography.
Microsoft—designed the product micro-site.
Radiator.com—designed the UX, sitemap, wireframes, prototyping, visual design, and responsive design.
Snapwire—performed auditing, created the UX, visual design, and helped with responsive elements.
Toyota—created the UX, wireframes, prototyping, visual design, and responsive design.
Tasked with taking a 9 year-old product system and turning it into a responsive site. Did this via auditing the present system--segregating the UX, content and visual design while aggregating new business objectives. The result has been a native app, a responsive web app, a simplified user flow, and an improved feature for the patient portal. The immediate result from this has been a 70% reduction in customer call volume.
Presented proven new design paradigms and best practices while working with an UX analyst to support a new design hypothesis.
Participated and led user-testing research which includes prototypes, user flows, use cases, personas, and site maps to translate business-level goals into measurable business results which has recently received unsolicited positive customer feedback and ratings.
Performed UX auditing Internal portals and submitting recommendations.
Hired to manage, be the hiring manager, and lead the UX & visual design team.
Created a new design ecosystem that encompassed products, has a responsive web design, and utilized user experience methodologies to support new business models.
Mentored junior teammates to take on larger branding projects including business development decks (investor, new partners, etc).
Designed Native App prototypes for our partners in Dubai.
Through design thinking, redesigned the entire Marqeta website.
Technologies: InVision, Sketch, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop
Lead UX Designer and Digital Media
2012 - 2013
Led the UX design for an extensive responsive redesign of the education segment that will spearhead a global refactoring project for all of Adobe.com.
Worked closely with the product marketing, brand, visual design, content management, and engineering teams worldwide.
Designed and delivered information architecture documentation, site maps, navigation models, user flows, prototypes, wireframes and design paradigms for a pattern library for the initial launch in 2013. www.adobe.com/education.
Spearheaded brand new UX division in Digital Marketing.
Worked on onboarding for Acrobat.
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite, Acrobat
Lead UX/Visual Designer
2005 - 2012
Worked mostly remotely, was primarily responsible for the interaction, visual design, strategy, and branded experience for Symantec.com.
Led the strategy for the redesign of the Symantec.com global website in 2007.
Led the strategy redesig for the Symantec.com global website in 2012.
Created templates and pattern libraries for the design team, international regents, and developers.
Contributed wireframes and schematics to the UI teams and participated in usability testing. Led and designed microsites such as VISION 2011, Corporate Responsibility, Norton 360, and Symantec TV.
Technologies: Adobe Software
University of California, Berkeley
1997 - 2002
Taught and mentored students in studio theory classes that included Design Studio 1, Typographical Design, and Portfolio Design.