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I am an entrepreneur with a UX skillset. In running my previous business, I learned to take the overall vision of the client and translate that into actionable steps to reach their goal. I adore expressive storytelling, organization, structure, collaboration, and learning. My great love of people comes through in interactions with team members and clients.
UX Researcher + Designer: Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority
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Stakeholder interviews and syntheses for a website redesign
Designing wireframes and building prototype
UX Researcher + Designer: Open Data Nation
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Discovering key takeaways and actionable items from interviews with insurance company staff members. Creating personas and discovering marketplace fit.
Conducting user tests for a prototype created for city planners and safety strategists. Synthesizing results and implementing design changes.
Researching and designing website redesign and other marketing materials. Stakeholder interviews, usability testing, working with branding team, and wireframes.
Open Data Nation combines detailed public records and industry expertise to reveal new, leading indicators of risk that threaten lives and livelihoods in cities.
UX Research Consultant: General Assembly
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Researched apparent disconnect between global team and local instructors of technology school.
Conducted interviews of global team members and local instructors.
Facilitated synthesis in the form of affinity mapping and personas.
Provided suggested solutions for creation + updates of teaching materials and onboarding of new instructors.
UX Consultant: Thank Heaven
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Researched customer buying patterns for a local children’s boutique. Conducted interviews and created surveys; synthesized results from interviews and survey respondents. Conducted market research on competitive businesses.
Created primary and secondary personas.
Designed mid-fidelity and high-fidelity wireframes and prototypes.
Conducted rounds of usability testing and design iterations. Increased success rate with users from % to %.
Presented designs to client and developers.
Directed web developers in design.
Founder and Principal Photographer of Emily DeWan Photography
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Founded a photography business offering services to families and businesses. Offerings included business headshots, corporate events, children & pet portraits, day-in-the-life family sessions, and weddings.
Sourced clients through networking, referrals, cross-promotions, and advertising.
Used strong communication skills to make clients feel comfortable.
Color-corrected, edited, and delivered final images to clients.
Designed albums and other heirloom products for families.
Managed bookkeeping and administrative records.
Managed company website.
Corporate Clients Included: Heron Financial, Safe Passage Neuromonitoring, Elmhurst College, Tidal Wave Marketing, Mommybites.
Freelance Photoshop Retoucher and Digital Technician
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Created and implemented streamlined workflows for commercial photography shoots to edit, color correct, organize, and back up digital files.
On-site photographic retouching in Photoshop under real-time direction of clients.
Communicated with clients to interpret and execute instructions.
Clients Include: David Bishop Photography, Warling Studios, Sladcik-Wheeler Photography, Strategia Design
Studio Manager: Warling Studios
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Managed administrative duties for commercial children’s photography studio.
Photographed corporate events, products, and school class portraits from pre-school through th grade.
Assisted photographer on commercial shoots with lighting set-up and tear-down, film loading, digital workflow, and client & model care.
User Research & Synthesis
Completed immersive program in User Experience Design + Research
B.S. Cinema & Photography
Partner dancing (Lindy Hop, Blues, Balboa, Fusion)
Animal Welfare (Trap-Neuter-Return Certified)
Pet adoption portrait photography
Former barbershop chorus singer