Tamara Olson, Designer in New York, NY, United States
Tamara Olson

Designer in New York, NY, United States

Member since June 25, 2016
A self-employed UX designer and developer, Tamara spent several years at Google, first as a UX manager in Ads (DFP), and then as UX design lead for Google Classroom. She has crafted experiences for Apple (apple.com redesign), The Paperless Post, Conde Nast, and The New York Observer (2009 Webby nomination, best newspaper). Tamara is an adjunct professor at FIT, teaching interaction design, and holds a Master’s from NYU’s ITP.
Tamara is now available for hire


  • Owner

    2014 - PRESENT
    Studio Simpatico (Studiosimpati.co)
    • Founded a business offering user experience/product design and end-to-end web design and development services (specializing in WordPress).
    • Delivered work to clients including The Paperless Post, Conde Nast, Sailthru, Orchard Platform, SocialCode, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Knowledge Launch, Even Financial, Infobase Publishing, Quero Shoes, Ernst Valery Investments, Radio Diaries, American Lawyer Media, Placemeter, The Asia Society, Zinc Learning Labs, Kobalt Music, and numerous small to medium sized businesses.
    • Handled hands-on user experience design, visual design, front-end development, and complex WordPress/WooCommerce development.
    • Managed subcontractor (including graphic designer, front-end, and back-end developer) contracts and vendors for larger-scale web and eCommerce projects.
    Technologies: Sketch, Photoshop, Omnigraffle, InVision, Sublime, Beanstalk App, Basecamp
  • Senior Interaction Designer

    2010 - 2014
    Google (Google.com)
    • Launched Google Classroom to help teachers and students manage classroom workflows.
    • Worked in partnership with engineering/product leadership to contribute UX insights to strategic planning.
    • Managed the design and research team (three designers, one researcher) for DFP by Google.
    • Defined product requirements.
    • Created complex workflows.
    • Contributed to the visual design style guide.
    • Led usability studies with the client.
    • Created fully functional prototypes.
    • Trained in EDGE leadership.
    Technologies: Sketch, Omnigraffle, Photoshop


  • Master of Professional Studies degree in Interactive Telecommunications (GPA: 4.0)
    2006 - 2008
    Tisch School of the Arts, New York University - New York, NY
  • Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Media Studies
    2002 - 2006
    Macalester College - Saint Paul, MN
  • Study abroad program in Web Design
    2005 - 2005
    James Cook University - Queensland, Australia



New York, NY, United States

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