Michelle Casanova, Designer in Portland, OR, United States
Michelle Casanova

Designer in Portland, OR, United States

Member since August 14, 2020
Michelle is a UI/UX design lead with 20+ years of experience. She brings hands-on leadership to design and engineering teams in developing custom mobile, web, and native applications. She consistently derives and iterates delightful and functional product designs from customer feedback, best practice principles, and data analytics. As an effective communicator and collaborator, Michelle leads and mentors teams toward solving business problems and providing engaging experiences to the users.
Michelle is now available for hire


  • Product Designer

    2016 - PRESENT
    Microsoft (Contract)
    • Engaged with a visionary team of designers, researchers, and developers in reimagining what it means to be productive in a modern workplace.
    • Collaborated with design, PM, and engineering teams to design and develop applications and features across numerous products in the M365 suite. Created delightful solutions that help individuals and enterprises be more productive.
    • Developed scenarios, process flows, concepts, information architecture, wireframes, prototypes, and other assets to evolve and improve the user experience in cooperation with the stakeholders.
    • Led projects, collaborated and communicated across teams, departments, and customers.
    • Synergized design, research, development, and program management from the initial concept to the final implementation.
    • Built best-in-class software to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential.
    Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Abstract, Figma
  • Creative Director | Principal

    2009 - PRESENT
    Jozi Firecracker Factory (Self-employed)
    • Provided digital and creative services to advertising agencies and intelligent brands in the US and around the world.
    • Designed and developed elegant solutions that achieve the clients' business objectives. Worked with stakeholders to spec project requirements, scopes of work, budgets, and timelines. Executed end to end management of creative and production projects.
    • Led design and engineering teams to develop web and mobile applications, software products, and advertising campaigns for high-profile projects and clients.
    • Collaborated with stakeholders to develop campaigns, products, scenarios, process flows, creative concepts, information architecture, wireframes, prototypes, and other assets required to execute projects successfully.
    • Led communication and collaboration across client and agency departments.
    • Used Office 365 across Microsoft's product suite, including Word Online, PowerPoint Online, and other cloud services such as Exchange Online hosted email for business, cloud storage with OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams.
    Technologies: InVision, WordPress, Expression Engine, jQuery, JavaScript, CSS3, HTML5, Axure, Coda, Camtasia, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Figma



Portland, OR, United States

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