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Melissa (Wedeen) Shimada

Melissa (Wedeen) Shimada

Designer
Gardena, CA, United States
Member since February 25, 2016
Melissa is a UX consultant with interaction design, strategy, and research expertise. She studied HCI at UC San Diego and has solved problems for startups, agencies, and Fortune 500 companies across numerous industries. Her work has been featured on Awwwards, TIME, and Fast Company, and at various conferences. She has expanded her user-centered design philosophy to excel in leadership roles and foster cross-team collaboration.
Melissa is now available for hire
Portfolio
Employment
  • UX Consultant
    2017 - PRESENT
    Melissa Wedeen
    • Advised clients on UX strategy, research, information architecture, and interaction design.
    • Coached agencies on how to approach clients with consideration to design, development, and budget constraints.
    • Directed stakeholder meetings and workshops.
    Technologies: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, Omnigraffle, Axure, Keynote, InVision
  • UX Lead
    2017 - 2017
    Appetize
    • Directed UX vision and strategy for mobile ordering SDK and POS apps for retail, restaurants, and concessions stands.
    • Established how UX design integrates with product, engineering, and quality assurance.
    • Balanced short-term agile/scrum deliverables with long-term UX strategy.
    • Managed and mentored a team of designers.
    Technologies: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Sketch, InVision, Keynote
Education
  • Design Media Certificate in Visual Design
    2013 - 2013
    UC San Diego Extension - San Diego
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science – Human Computer Interaction
    2009 - 2013
    UC San Diego - La Jolla
Experience
  • Qualitative User Research7 years
  • User Interviews7 years
  • Web App UX7 years
  • UX Wireframes7 years
  • User Flows7 years
  • Personas7 years
  • Responsive UX Design5 years
  • Mobile Applications5 years
Gardena, CA, United States
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