Sarah Walters | User Experience Designer

résumé

Sarah Walters

 

Experience

Freelance UX Designer
January 2016 - Present
Self-Employed • Savannah, GA

  • Evangelizes UX while offering design consultations and solutions to businesses and startups

  • Specializes in simple, fast web design solutions for local businesses with small budgets

  • Completes graphic design projects of all sizes: marketing materials, signs, packaging, invitations, branding

  • Co-Owned the passel.design Meetup group for 6 months; attends other local design-related Meetups

  • Select clients include: Savannah Maritime Association, Leopold's Ice Cream, Frieze Exotic Gifts & Home Accents, Social Network Solutions, Intercoastal Sales & Management

Lead UX/UI Designer
March 2016 - May 2016
Totally Tourist • Savannah, GA

  • Brought on for a 3 month contract to manage and guide a 2 person team of designers

  • Performed usability audit of the existing mobile app and created documentation

  • Re-designed the mobile product and back-end interface from wireframes to mockups in a dynamic environment

  • Assisted the other designers with graphic design projects to meet tight deadlines

UX Designer
February 2015 - December 2015
The Guild Hall • Savannah, GA

  • Worked on client web design and interactive design projects, such as an installation in the Massie Heritage Center

  • Designed, coded, and helped maintain 5+ websites for The Guild Hall collection of businesses

  • Created various graphic design and marketing assets for the businesses, such as branding and print materials

  • Collaborated with co-workers to improve the experience of Guild Hall members and attended on-campus events

Lead UX/UI Designer
May 2014 - December 2014
RiffRaff • San Francisco, CA

  • Practiced “full-stack” design as the only designer on the team

  • Brainstormed, performed user tests; drafted wireframes, pixel-perfect mockups, and visual design style guide

  • Managed the design for both the branding and web / mobile app concurrently in a fast-paced environment

  • Flexibly worked in different types of environments, either from home, a coffee shop, or co-working office

Creative Technology Apprentice
January 2014 - April 2014 
AKQA • San Francisco, CA

  • Collaborated with other interns and colleagues on client projects as part of a 3 month UX-focused internship

  • Attended company events and participated in workshops, such as a competitive 24-hour hackathon

  • Completed and presented a self-driven project, which included two functional HTML prototypes

  • Teams worked with include Target, Visa, and Nvidia

Web Designer
August 2010 - May 2011 
The George-Anne • Statesboro, GA

  • Designed and coded a new Content Management System template; managed the CMS front-end for 1 school year

  • Participated in Student Media meetings and events held on campus

  • Updated associated social media pages and created graphic design assets for digital marketing

  • Documented the process to present at the end of the school year—fulfilled my internship requirement to graduate

Education

SCAD
September 2011 - August 2013
M.A. Interactive Design, 3.50 GPA

Georgia Southern University
August 2007 - May 2011
B.S. Information Technology & Visual Communication Design, 3.35 GPA

Study Abroad
Summer 2009
Otemon Gakuin Exchange Program in Osaka, Japan

Skills

Adobe Creative Suite, Analysis, Design Thinking, Graphic Design, HTML & CSS, Problem Solving, Prototyping, Usability Testing, User Empathy, User Research, Web Design, Wireframing

Recommendations

Sarah Walters is an extremely capable and intelligent designer and developerAfter working with her on several projects, she has proven to be an absolute professional and I can say with certainty that any team would be lucky to have her on board. – Alec Creighton

As our lead UX designer at RiffRaff, Sarah was someone who always pushed us to keep the end user in mindShe was diligent, creative and hard workingSarah would manage both the user research and iterating on solutionsWould recommend her for any user-facing design role. – Steve Vargas