Mariano Eckerstrand, Designer in Santa Fe, NM, United States
Mariano Eckerstrand

Designer in Santa Fe, NM, United States

Member since November 9, 2017
Mariano is a UX and UI leader and designer with over 12 years of experience crafting websites, apps, and digital products for some of the world's most notable brands. He enjoys combining user research, design, and technology into intuitive digital experiences that make a difference in people's lives.
Mariano is now available for hire


  • Partner | Experience Director

    2014 - PRESENT
    Shadow Creative Collective
    • Managed a team of contractors, including UX designers, UI designers, copywriters, developers, QA analysts, amongst others.
    • Managed projects by paying strong attention to detail and involvement with clients to define business requirements, MVP, and deliverables.
    • Employed a lean UX/UI design process and promotes strong collaboration between designers and developers, leveraging tools such as InVision, JIRA, GitHub, and Slack.
    • Implemented a belief that it’s important to both coach and be hands-on through each phase of a project: discovery, UX, UI, development, testing, through launch and iterations.
    • User Research & Testing: Validates design designs with proven research, also tests experiences to get real user feedback.
    Technologies: UX Design, UX Flows, CSS, iOS, HTML, InVision, Sketch
  • Chief Experience Officer

    2016 - 2017
    Advisor Innovation Labs
    • Spent a year with a fintech startup to establish the foundation for them to build out their wealth management SaaS platform.
    • Raised $6 million in funding by developing the product concept and prototype which we pitched to investors, closing the first round of funding.
    • Built a product team by being actively involved in hiring, building, and coaching an agile product team of UX designers, UI designers, developers, product managers, a QA analyst, and off-site resources.
    • Defined the product roadmap and worked with stakeholders to define the roadmap features and MVP.
    • Architected and designed an app; led the team to produce the app’s architecture, UI/pattern library design, documentation, integration strategy, prototypes, user flows, research, and testing the approach.
    • Defined UX the methodology by implementing a product design first approach—ensuring that the designers and developers alike have empathy for the users, and aligned technology stack to support that vision.
    Technologies: UX Design, UX Flows, CSS, React, HTML, InVision, Sketch


  • Completed Courses in Media Arts
    2005 - 2006
    Santa Fe CC - Santa Fe, NM, USA
  • Completed Courses in Media Arts
    2004 - 2005
    University of Colorado - Denver, CO, USA


Santa Fe, NM, United States

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