Maria Newman, Designer in Los Angeles, CA, United States
Maria Newman

Designer in Los Angeles, CA, United States

Member since July 25, 2022
Maria is an LA-based product generalist with a bias for product design. She has designed and shipped multiple profitable and beloved consumer apps. She effortlessly integrates her work with the business and engineering sides of the house. Her experience includes working with clients to design 0->1 products and leverage existing design systems to improve and iterate features. Maria's areas of interest include productivity, fintech, wellness, education, and media product design.
Maria is now available for hire


Digital Design


  • Product Designer

    2021 - PRESENT
    • Conducted generative and evaluative user research to gain insights into the app user experience and surface recommendations of what UX flows, UI designs, and features to iterate, fix, or eliminate.
    • Redesigned the onboarding experience and paywall for the mobile app Happier, which increased daily active users by 40%.
    • Leveraged design systems to map out new app features and updates through integrated work with product leads, engineers, creative directors, and illustrators to create a pixel-perfect visual design.
    Technologies: Figma, Adobe Experience Design (XD), UX Design, User Interface (UI), Product Design, UI Design, Responsive UI, Mobile UI Design, Visual Design, UI, UX, Web Design, Web, Web App UX, Web App UI, Mobile UI, Mobile UX, Mobile, B2C, Consumer Applications, Mobile Design, App Design, User Engagement, Mobile Apps, Psychology & Mental Health, Habit Formation
  • Sr Communications Manager

    2021 - 2022
    • Launched Hydrogen, a headless commerce framework. Wrote compelling technical messaging frameworks and value propositions for all marketing teams to source from. Executed media strategy and integrated across teams and with execs.
    • Launched tokengated commerce, a way to integrate web3 with eCommerce. Wrote technical messaging frameworks and value propositions for all marketing teams to source from. Executed media strategy. Integrated across teams and with execs.
    • Created messaging strategy, wrote industry landscape overviews, deep dives on tech trends, and shared POVs on high-tech trends with executive leadership to empower them to have nuanced conversations with analysts and tech media.
    • Led comms for Shopify's developer conferences. Integrated across all marketing and product functions to align resources and messages to drive effective marketing moments for the team.
    Technologies: APIs, Headless Commerce, Web3.js, Writing & Editing, Technical Writing, News Media, Paid Media, B2B


  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications
    2007 - 2011
    University of Washington - Seattle, WA


  • UI Design Program




Los Angeles, CA, United States

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