Rodrick Chakaipa, Designer in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Rodrick Chakaipa

Verified Expert  in Design

UX/UI Designer

Location
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Toptal Member Since
June 8, 2016

Having spent over 12 years working and learning as an interface, visual and product designer Roddy has acquired skills in user-centered design, design leadership, ability to execute developmental processes like agile, and being able to encourage close collaboration with other disciplines on the product team. He's worked on projects that involve user research, interaction, motion design, visual design, product strategy, innovative concepts, and brand design principles to solve business problems.

Portfolio

Work Experience

Product Designer (UX/UI)

2022 - 2023
CHIM3RA INC
  • Acted as the UI/UX lead on a contemporary wedding platform. Spearheaded the creation of a polished and streamlined aesthetic through extensive research, iterative design, and enhancement of key user flows.
  • Developed creative concepts, UX, and UI for an innovative AI-powered experience, working closely with the production team and the stakeholders using a user-centered approach to develop and improve user flows and interactions.
  • Coordinated with both project managers and developers to ensure high-quality standards.
Technologies: Product Design, UX Design, Figma, Adobe, Web Platforms, UI Design, Mobile UX Design, Mobile UI Design, Responsive Web Apps, User Interface (UI), Visual Design, Rapid Prototyping, Web Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Websites, Web App UI, Web App Design, Web App UX, Layout Design, Web UI Design

Senior Product Designer

2019 - 2020
WarnerMedia
  • Led the UX and UI for a kids' video-on-demand web and mobile app, delivering a clean and uncluttered look and feel based on research, creating, testing, and enhancing main user-flows (onboarding, watching, live streaming, favoriting, and so on).
  • Built the design system and worked across different teams in an agile environment while collaborating efficiently with multiple stakeholders.
  • Worked closely with engineering to ensure high-quality user interface implementation and outstanding user experience.
  • Designed micro-interactions and animations of the applications.
  • Presented design updates to top executives and project stakeholders.
Technologies: Mobile App Design, Information Architecture (IA), Rapid Prototyping, Digital Product Design, Mobile Design, Visual Design, Jira, Balsamiq, InVision, Sketch, UX Design, UI Design, User Interface (UI), Web Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Websites, Dashboard Design, Web App UI, Web App Design, Web App UX, Layout Design, Web UI Design, Marketplace Design

Lead Designer

2018 - 2019
GRANADILLA
  • Designed the insurance technology company's mobile and web platform.
  • Assisted with the business development and developed the creative concept for the platform.
  • Conducted usability testing to validate ideas with interactive prototypes.
  • Held a pivotal role in the growth of the design unit within the business as I led the hiring process of the individuals whom I then led to designing many new features.
Technologies: Mobile App Design, Information Architecture (IA), Rapid Prototyping, Digital Product Design, UX Design, Mobile Design, Visual Design, Balsamiq, InVision, Sketch, UI Design, User Interface (UI), Web Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Websites, WordPress Design, WordPress Theme Design, Dashboard Design, Web App UI, Web App Design, Web App UX, Layout Design, Web UI Design, Marketplace Design

Founder and UI/UX Designer

2013 - 2019
SmartPrac
  • Executed a strong visual design understanding and awareness of the impact of typography, layout, composition, and grid systems.
  • Involved in the design process, including research, experimentation, validation, and revision of the idea.
  • Oversaw the brand storytelling and constant market validation.
Technologies: Rapid Prototyping, InVision, Balsamiq, Sketch, Booking Systems, UI Design, User Interface (UI), Web Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Websites, WordPress Theme Design, Web App UI, Web App Design, Web App UX, Layout Design, Web UI Design

Design Lead

2016 - 2018
Standard Bank South Africa
  • Identified, explored, validated, and communicated product opportunities.
  • Scheduled and orchestrated the design activity for my team in the discovery and delivery phases.
  • Explored, designed, and validated concepts for each product opportunity, conducted target user and market research, and produced wireframes and screen flows.
  • Led and managed a bunch of designers across many different locations as we continuously worked on new and iterated on existing features within the product suite.
Technologies: Mobile App Design, Information Architecture (IA), Digital Product Design, Rapid Prototyping, Visual Design, Mobile Design, UX Design, Azure, Adobe CC, Sketch, UI Design, User Interface (UI), Web Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Websites, eCommerce Web Design, WordPress Theme Design, WordPress, Web App UI, Web App Design, Web App UX, Layout Design, Web UI Design

Creative Director

2013 - 2015
Amorphous New Media
  • Designed digital interactive web products and applications with responsive and mobile designs.
  • Produced pixel-perfect deliverables and assets to ensure a consistent visual output.
  • Found opportunities to elevate select new and established brands via current design thinking and technology.
  • Managed the team workflow, ideas, the overall creative image, presentations, brainstorming, employees, new businesses, and the business strategy.
  • Involved in the hiring process for designers and developers, working to establish the hiring practices for product designers.
Technologies: Digital Product Design, Adobe CC, InVision, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, Visual Design, UI Design, User Interface (UI), Web Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Websites, WordPress Design, eCommerce Web Design, WordPress, Web App UI, Web App Design, Web App UX, Layout Design, eCommerce, Web UI Design

UI Designer

2011 - 2012
Amorphous New Media
  • Created adaptable designs to ensure website responsiveness across all popular media devices.
  • Developed and implemented code for various CMS systems.
  • Collaborated with developers and the QA team to ensure that the end product matched the designs.
  • Established typography guidelines, color usage patterns, and other visual elements for various brands.
Technologies: Visual Design, Adobe CC, Balsamiq, InVision, Sketch, UX Design, UI Design, User Interface (UI), Web Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Websites, WordPress Design, eCommerce Web Design, WordPress, Web App UI, Web App Design, Web App UX, Layout Design, Web UI Design

Web Designer

2010 - 2011
Tenakas Tribe
  • Created user journeys, high-fidelity wireframes, user interfaces, and prototypes for MVPs and later stages.
  • Established typography guidelines, color usage patterns, and other visual elements for various brands.
  • Helped companies deliver many wonderful digital products and experiences.
Technologies: Visual Design, Adobe CC, UI Design, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, User Interface (UI), Web Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Websites, WordPress Design, eCommerce Web Design, WordPress, Web App UI, Web App Design, Web App UX, Layout Design, Web UI Design
1999 - 2002

Diploma in Graphic Design

Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts - Harare, Zimbabwe

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