Szandra Karakai, Designer in Budapest, Hungary
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Szandra Karakai

Verified Expert  in Design

Designer

Location
Budapest, Hungary
Toptal Member Since
October 11, 2019

Szandra is passionate about creating innovative designs that users love. She has worked at LogMeIn, where she redesigned newly acquired products, and co-founded Rollet, a startup that revolutionizes the parking industry. Szandra principally focuses on cutting-edge technology and mobile application design in which she has extensive experience.

Portfolio

Work Experience

Designer

2017 - PRESENT
Freelance Designer
  • Conducted client interviews, carried out research, and created the visual identity, branding, and logo design for both startups and individuals.
  • Designed mobile apps for MVPs, individuals, startups, and hobby project makers.
  • Created graphic design, illustration, and iconography for mobile apps and websites.
  • Constructed responsive web design for landing pages, created MVPs, performed UX research and information architecture as well as UX and UI design and redesign for existing web pages for small companies, startups, and individuals.
Technologies: Sketch, Figma, Affinity Designer, Abstracts, Zeplin, InVision

Product Designer

2019 - 2021
BlackRock
  • Created design concepts spanning across several phases that introduce new features to the existing product.
  • Maintained high accessibility standards, following the iShares.com team’s accessibility guidelines.
  • Aligned with stakeholders inside and outside the team to ensure the design concepts were in tune with the overall strategy; coordinated with the development team to ensure feasibility and smooth handover to design deliverables.
  • Leveraged design critique, revised, and performed brainstormed sessions inside and across teams to increase quality throughout the design process.
  • Conducted user tests and iterated on designs based on test findings to maximize usability and client satisfaction.
  • Emphasized minimizing the difference between the experiences across breakpoints and utilized the design system foundations to ensure development costs were kept relatively low.
  • Ensured all relevant regions and regional differences were adequately covered by design concepts.
  • Maintained a mobile-first approach and aimed to design solutions that would be re-used for future breakpoints.
  • Relied on analytics to make data-driven design decisions where possible and paved the way for future metrics by supporting the creation of analytics events of new features.
Technologies: InVision, Usertesting.com

Head of Product Experience

2017 - 2019
Rollet
  • Translated business goals into wireframes and mapped the entire user flow.
  • Created high-fidelity prototypes from wireframes, considering different resolutions.
  • Designed a web-based admin console for managing and monitoring parking.
  • Built a mobile application for drivers in React Native and designed it.
  • Provided fast iterations and redesigns based on early adapted feedback.
  • Shaped the product’s vibe and established the visual identity through various platforms.
  • Created and maintained a design system for web and mobile applications.
  • Handed off pixel-perfect designs to the development team with complete user flows and interactive prototypes.
  • Established core values and guidelines for customer support via intercom.
Technologies: UX Design, Abstracts, Zeplin, InVision, Sketch

Product Designer (UX/UI)

2016 - 2017
LogMeIn
  • Redesigned the process fully so that it met both the business goals and user needs.
  • Executed all visual design stages from conceptualization to final delivery.
  • Collaborated with the product team to define and implement innovative product solutions.
  • Organized asset delivery and user research within the team.
  • Helped shape a product's future by understanding the business goals and user needs, transforming them into features and design decisions.
Technologies: UX Design, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Principle, Zeplin, InVision, Sketch

UX Designer

2015 - 2016
LogMeIn
  • Created wireframes, user flows, and designs from low-fidelity sketches to mid-fidelity mockups.
  • Designed an onboarding experience for mobile users.
  • Collected and analyzed data for design decisions.
  • Designed features for a web-based admin console.
  • Organized different versions of designs and verified solutions using Usertesting.com.
  • Created App Store and Play Store images and illustrations.
Technologies: UX Design, User Testing, Zeplin, InVision, Sketch
2006 - 2010

Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology

Eötvös Loránd University - Budapest, Hungary

DECEMBER 2015 - PRESENT

User Experience Designer

Xlabs Inc.

Tools

Sketch, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop CC, Zeplin, InVision, Usertesting.com, Figma, Procreate, Principle, Affinity Designer

Platforms

MacOS, iOS, Android

Languages

CSS, HTML

Other

UI Design, Visual Design, UX Design, Mobile UX Design, Mobile Design, Mobile UI, Graphic Design, Mobile UI Design, Mobile App Design, Web Design, Product Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Teamwork, User Testing, Tablet Design, Branding, Responsive UI, Startups, Wireframing, User Flows, Design Systems, Illustration, Iconography, Typography, UX Research, Interaction Design (IxD), Service Design, Logo Design, App Icon Design, Sketching, Abstracts, Meetings, Writing & Editing, React Native, Parking, Collaboration, Admin Panels, Fintech, Design

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