Tanya Junell, Designer in Austin, TX, United States
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Tanya Junell

Verified Expert  in Design


Austin, TX, United States
Toptal Member Since
October 23, 2015

Tanya is a human-centered director of product management with over 12 years of product strategy, team management, and UX leadership experience. From process improvement to design sprint facilitation, she will help take a product team to the next level of efficiency, empowerment, and efficacy.


Work Experience

Director of Product Management

2019 - PRESENT
Blue Label Labs
  • Implemented a human-centered process for strategy, discovery, and design.
  • Facilitated Google Venture design sprints to accelerate learnings and inform mobile application MVPs.
  • Created interaction design (IxD), product requirement documentation, and specification templates for increased efficiency and clarity of information transfer between product and development.
  • Effectively and efficiently collaborated on product planning with engineering leads, off-shore development teams, and client stakeholders.
  • Defined the North Star product vision for multiple client Android and iOS applications.
Technologies: Asana, Jira, Miro, InVision, Sketch

UI Visual Designer

2006 - PRESENT
Freelance Work
  • Developed brand strategies, style guides, marketing materials, and interface design systems.
  • Created illustrations for marketing, branding, and product initiatives.
  • Offered design and design strategy consulting services to clients lacking in-house creative design resources.
  • Provided logo design, style guide creation and expansion, and print and interactive design services on short-term and long-term projects.
  • Kept up to date with current and upcoming design trends and technology.
Technologies: InVision, Sketch, Adobe Creative Suite

Head of Product

2016 - 2018
  • Advocated for and enabled a human-centered approach to product planning efforts.
  • Spearheaded a revised value proposition and identified viable markets and opportunities to focus on via data analysis, competitive research, and ethnographic user studies.
  • Designed successful partner white-label applications that leveraged the core business applications and could be executed with minimal customization and extra development time.
  • Established a user-centric design thinking process into the company culture that had a cross-departmental reach and positively impacted engagement metrics and user satisfaction.
  • Introduced a need for leadership to be aware of competitive markets and to learn from successful, innovative companies that leveraged user co-creation and a specialized understanding of user mental models and behaviors.
  • Gained a deep experience of identifying user and business problems, proposing solutions amongst a dynamic cross-disciplinary team of experts, and prioritizing development and feedback loops for continuous refinement.
Technologies: Sketch 3, Principle, InVision

Senior Designer

2011 - 2015
MTV Networks
  • Created user interfaces and visual design for select niche networks at Nickelodeon Digital including Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nick, and NickMom.
  • Found opportunities to elevate select brands, both new and established, via current design thinking and technology.
  • Collaborated daily with art directors, content producers, and product managers to produce ideas, design, and deliver beautiful and sound design solutions while working in a remote capacity.
  • Created visual design for interfaces for mobile, tablet, and web applications that captured and enhanced the Nickelodeon family of brands.
  • Delivered comprehensive and effective marketing product and strategy that supports on-air counterpart initiatives.
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite

Creative Director

2009 - 2011
SchoolNet, Inc.
  • Ensured interdepartmental adhesion to branding guidelines during product development, marketing initiatives, and internal client design projects.
  • Developed creative design strategies in concert with company stakeholders in order to increase product sales and conversion.
  • Devised creative design and UI guidelines that brought legacy product in-line with current design thinking.
  • Actively advocated for UX-based design thinking across all product development.
  • Increased collaborative communication between all internal clients: creative and technology.
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite

UX Visual Designer

2006 - 2009
SchoolNet, Inc.
  • Worked with UX designers, information architects, and the copy team to develop interfaces for SchoolNet product suite.
  • Created data visualization visual treatments and guidelines for data-rich dashboards.
  • Created a new style guide to inform product development.
  • Underwent Agile training and attended design conferences.
  • Involved in performing UX testing, developing and hosting internal UX design workshops, and low and high fidelity prototyping.
Technologies: Balsamiq, Adobe Creative Suite

Sole Proprietor

2002 - 2006
  • Provided web, print, and illustration design services on a case by case contract basis.
  • Provided business and event branding services.
  • Led art direction on a contract basis.
  • Worked with Flash animation and web design (HTML and CSS).
  • Hired and managed vendors.
Technologies: Flash, Adobe Creative Suite
2000 - 2002

Completed Courses (Certificates) in Graphic Design, 3D Max, Flash, and Freehand

Ottawa School of Art - Ottawa, Canada

1996 - 2000

Bachelor of Arts Degree Cum Laude in Philosophy

University of Ottawa - Ottawa, Canada


Design Sprint Master

The Design Sprint School


InVision, Sketch, Principle, Balsamiq, Sketch 3, Miro, Asana, Jira, Adobe Creative Suite, Flash


MacOS, Android


Product Management, Leadership, Human-centered Design (HCD), UX Design, Design Thinking, Communication, Lean UX, Agile UX, Human-computer Interaction (HCI), Visual Design, Agile Product Management, Visual Identity, PowerPoint Design, Creative Direction, UI Design, Apps, Mobile UX, iPhone, Product Strategy, UX Strategy, Product Design, Machine Learning

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