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

Designer in New York, NY, United States

Member since December 5, 2016
Tamara spent many years at Google, first as a UX manager in Ads, then as a design lead for Classroom. She spent time designing at Apple (apple.com redesign) and co-founded Studio Simpatico, a NYC-based design, and development studio. Tamara is an adjunct professor at FIT (interaction design) and holds a Master’s degree 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).
    • Worked with Unilever, Microsoft, Haven Life, M.M.LaFleur, AlleyCorp, Prose Hair, Sailthru, OK! Magazine, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Document Journal, Gensler, Silverline, Ten To One Rum, Hudson Capital, Sapphire Digital, Fireblocks, and AdTheorent.
    • Handled hands-on digital strategy, user experience design, visual design, front-end development, and complex WordPress/WooCommerce development.
    • Recruited and managed a full-time team of six employees. Managed all studio operations, finances, and HR.
    • Managed subcontractor (including graphic designer, front-end, and back-end developer) contracts and vendors for larger-scale web and eCommerce projects.
    Technologies: Basecamp, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Sublime Text, InVision, OmniGraffle, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch
  • 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: Adobe Photoshop, OmniGraffle, Sketch


  • 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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