KaREN aLaRCON

UX & VISUAL DESIGNER

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Freelance Illustrator/Graphic Designer                   
Self-employed / Remote / Mar 2019 – Present

  • Assess client needs and design on-brand visual solutions ranging from custom illustration, iconography, graphic design, product mockups, logos, or animations  

User Experience Designer/ Information Architect
FELOH: For Everyone’s Love of Hair / Remote / Oct 2020

  • Collaborated with a small team and key stakeholder in a 3-week agile sprint to deliver a high fidelity IOS application prototype
  • Conducted research, card sorting, and usability testing to present recommendations on the organizational structure of app and products
  • Redesigned user interface using competitive research, gamification, and task analysis to introduce an elevated mobile experience

User Experience Fellow                                          
General Assembly / Remote / Oct 2020

  • Learned from industry professionals: UX best practices, and human-centered design in an agile full-time 400+ hour course
  • Developed proficiency in developing user personas, wireframes, user flows, sitemaps, and constructing mid to high fidelity prototypes
  • Communicated and presented design decisions for solo, team, and real-world client projects

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

Operations Manager
Eleni's New York / Remote / Apr 2017 – Mar 2019

Print Technician & Creative Services
Eleni's New York / New York City / Mar 2016 – Apr 2017

  • Implemented an in house 3D printing system to design, create and print custom 3D cookie cutters, cutting 3rd party costs by 70%
  • Consulted with the marketing team to launch on-brand email campaigns to increase online sales by 15%
  • Directed current employees and taught new hires while achieving company productivity standards, goals, and objectives

Art Studio Manager
EarthSeaWarrior, LLC / Brooklyn, NY / Aug 2015 – Oct 2016

  • Led the daily operations of the art studio with specialization in product management, web, and graphic design
  • Prepared new and existing product listings for various E-commerce websites to optimize for the web and increase online sales
  • Organized the logistics of incoming inventory and quality control for accurate reporting, improving business workflow and efficiency by 25%

TOOLS

Adobe XD
Figma
Sketch
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & After Effects
Miro
Draw.IO
Slack
Google Suite
WordPress

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Visual Design
Information Architecture
User Interaction Design
Wireframing
Prototyping
Branding/Identity
Competitive Analysis
Usability Testing
UX Research
Project Management

EDUCATION

General Assembly
User Experience Design Immersive
Aug-Oct 2020, Remote               

Fashion Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration
Mar 2014, New York City

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