Hello my name is Catherine.  I am a UX/UI Designer with a combined passion for Visual Design, UI/UX Design and Photography.  I specialize in offering data based solutions which improve user experience, increase brand awareness, and drive overall growth. 
Experience
Product Designer: CheckingIn  Present
Working on building a brand new app in the self-help/wellness space.  As the original designer on this concept project my role was to conduct user research, synthesize the data, and create MVP feature lists, along with initial mockups on the project. I am currently working full-time in another role in addition to my work with CheckingIn so we have hired a contract designer to get us across the finish line. I continue to mentor and give feedback to the contract designer  and work with the leadership team to ensure that the designs are inline with the technical requirements and overall visual brand.
Product Designer: REBCA  Present
Working on building a brand new product in the Property Management space.  As the lead on this project my roles are User Research, UX Design, Feature planning, UI Design and User Testing.  Work with tools such as Sketch, Figma, Lookback, and Invision on daily basis, as well as head product meeting for feature review and feedback sessions.
UI Designer: Eventbase  2018-2019
Plan and execute on conference applications for a variety of clients including Microsoft, HPE, Cisco, Adobe and SXSW.  Involved in the process from concept, to design, to front end UI development. Work with tools like Sketch, InVision, xCode, and Android Studio on a daily basis.
Visual Designer: The Engine is Red  Present
Work in an agency style environment conceptualizing and delivering on a variety of projects including look-books, presentations, digital storefronts, and infographics.
Visual Designer: Clio  2015-2018
Planned and executed on marketing resources such as websites, brochures, ads, and large format print installations to increase awareness and drive growth. This work included everything from day to day design related duties to complex projects such as designing all assets for an entire conference.  In addition to my work as a designer I was also Clio's in-house photographer; shooting company headshots and assets for marketing and internal purposes.
Education
UX/UI Design  Brainstation 
An intensive program taking a deep dive into UX/UI Design principles in their entirety. This included conducting User Research, Market Research, and using that information to create User Stories, Personas, User Experience Maps, and Information Architecture Maps. Along with this the program covered User-Centric and Material design, Wire-framing, Prototyping, and Usability testing.  From there projects were taken into high-fidelity designs; along with full UI library and Marketing site to accompany them.  The program also included 2 5 day sprints in which you worked in groups to create a fully functional solution to a problem in a week and several UI/UX challenges to build on your skills.
Photography Certificate  Emily Carr University 
Certificate program teaching the art of photography. This included technical skills such as Digital and Black and White Film Photography classes (with dark room developing), along with developing the basis of good art (composition techniques, contemporary art studies, etc), and courses which deliver the business skills needed to market yourself and sell your work. I was able to apply these skills in my personal photography as well as shooting photography to complement my design work for employers.
UX Foundations Certificate  RED Academy
Certificate program delivering the foundations of good UX Design. This includes User Research, User-Centric Design, Information Architecture, Usability Testing, Prototyping, and Interface Design. To complete projects we utilized UX Design Tools such as Sketch and InVision. We also used Medium for tracking our progress and creating a story of our journey through the UX Design Process. 
Graphic Communication Technology Diploma  British Columbia Institute of Technology
2 year Diploma program teaching business, graphic design, marketing and printing.  This included access to an onsite print shop which allowed us to print both large and small format projects using digital and offset processes.  For our final project I worked on a team that designed an installation for the side of the building at BCIT to commemorate BCIT's 50th year anniversary.  I also worked with the Broadcast and Media department to create a 50th year reunion book for the program in which my team and I designed and produced the book.
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