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Expert UX Professional, Gaming Nerd, Photography Addict!

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Dolph’s been a successful Creative Director for over 20 years. He also spent 11 years as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Copyist Program  &  A PhD program at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs.

The New York Times describe his design and illustration skills as among the best in the world – Dolph can design and copy any style, illustration, photography style, or graphics from scratch. The last 10 years, Dolph has been involved in designing visual user experiences for some of the top brands in the world… Louis Vuitton, Play Station, Queen Latifah, Toyota, Guess Jeans, Chase Bank, etc.

Dolph designs award winning user centered experiences for websites, software and web applications that leverage emergent technologies, consumer electronics and/or mobile devices. He posses strong conceptualization ability, strong visual communication skills, and master level drawing techniques. He also posses an advanced understanding of all Universal Principals of Design. Dolph is also CUA certified, and has been a former lecturer at CUA conferences and events nation wide.

Cutting Edge Design

  • Low fidelity, high-fidelity & interactive prototyping (Axure, Balsamiq, Omnigraffle, others… )
  • 8+ years in UX design – 8+ years of App development both IOS & Android
  • Extensive knowledge of usability testing & info-graphics creation
  • 20+ years of Design & Creative Direction
  • 10+ Years of designing interactive products across web & mobile
  • 16+ years of e-commerce e-mail design A&B testing and best practices
  • 15+ years in a leadership role as member of cross-functional creative team.

UCD methodologies

  • Proficient with user interface design patterns and standard UCD methodologies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Extensive knowledge of common software project management practices
  • Expert in both HFI and Adaptive Path
  • Understanding of HIG Standards
  • Advanced understanding of universal principals of design.
  • CUA Certified
  • High Production Videographer & Composting Artist
  • Accomplished internationally ­published photographer
  • prolific illustrator & painter.

Agency Veteran

  • Mentor, expert at driving team building and collaboration
  • Expert visual design definition, direction & execution, interaction design definition
  • Ability to design effort level scoping (LOE, SOW and proposals)
  • Always able to contribute to client relationships as needed per project.
  • Able to collaborate on user experience planning with a lead experience architect
  • Able to consult with clientele and lead experience architect
  • Always researching interaction design trends
  • Expert execution of empirical research methods – ERM
  • Always researching technology trends

UI/UX Professional

  • 8 plus years of user experience design experience for software, Web applications which leverage emergent technologies, consumer electronics and mobile devices.
  • Strong conceptualization ability, strong visual communication ability, drawing skills, sketchbook techniques, and accomplished illustrator.
  • Exceptional design skills, production value and attention to detail
  • Ability to create wire-frames as well as visual design comps
  • Expert knowledge of Complete Adobe Master Suit and associated design tools.

ABOUT DOLPH

Experienced professional able to produce branded, aligned, compelling, creative user-focused solutions for all business objectives. Hands-on UX Director able to illustrate complex UX issues with self-explanatory design.

  • Expert in user interface design patterns and standard UCD methodologies
  • Expert execution of ERM: Empirical Research Methods
  • Strong conceptualization ability, strong visual communication ability, drawing skills, Adobe Master Level, and an accomplished illustrator.
  • Advanced understanding of universal principals of design.
  • 8+ years in UX design, 8+ years of App development in iOS, Android, and Windows
  • 10+ Years of designing interactive products across web & mobile
  • 16+ years of e-commerce, e-mail design, A&B testing, and best practices
  • Developed 200+ websites (including responsive)
  • 58+ complex gaming and social-media apps in multiple platforms

 

EXTRAS: High Production Videographer & Composting Artist • Accomplished internationally ­published photographer • prolific illustrator & painter.

EXPERIENCE

 

Saatchi & Saatchi NY Senior Consulting User Experience & UI Designer
Present

  • Presenting designs and concepts (remotely), bringing fresh ideas to each client meeting and providing feedback when necessary Creating presentations, print and marketing materials for Sales.
  • Participating in client calls, understanding their needs and working to present wireframes, logos, color schemes, and images that effectively communicate their business objectives
  • Develop expert-level knowledge of competitive and complementary experiences for the purpose of bringing new design ideas to projects.
  • Creating sophisticated designs solutions across several platforms: web (PC / Mac), mobile web & app (tablet, phone).

BLUE FOUNTAIN MEDIA: REMOTE Director of User Experience
Present

  • Creating cutting edge designs for print/web/mobile accounts for Blue Fountain Media and our clients
  • Creating presentations, print and marketing materials for Sales.
  • Creating mockups and presentations for Sales pitches
  • Presenting designs and concepts (remotely), bringing fresh ideas to each client meeting and providing feedback when necessary Creating presentations, print and marketing materials for Sales.
  • Participating in client calls, understanding their needs and working to present wireframes, logos, color schemes, and images that effectively communicate their business objectives

LEEDS AGENCY: Lead User Experience & UI Director
January 2015 – June 2015

  • Collaborating with NYPD on extremely complex and compounded windows and browser base Apps.
  • Produce wireframes, process flows, copy decks, application maps, user personas, user journeys and other UX deliverables.
  • Develop expert-level knowledge of competitive and complementary experiences for the purpose of bringing new design ideas to each project and keeping the NYPD records current.
  • Creating sophisticated designs solutions across several platforms: web (PC / Mac), mobile web & app (tablet, phone).

Peter Glenn: Director of User Experience & Creative Director
September 2014 – January 2015

  • Developing Assumption Persona Workshop.
  • Validating our findings. Working closely with the entire team including: Marketing, Merchandising, Developers, and Operations to improve the overall user experience.
  • We’re developing assets from a granular web based perspective, and ultimately from an over all branding perspective.

Availity: Principal UX & Creative Director
April 2014 – September 2014

  • Agile workspace with UX as a shared resource. Working cross-functionally with product managers and senior C level management to align product development to scope and create early UX enrollment.
  • Translating marketing requirements, user needs, and input from cross-functional teams into innovative user-centric solutions and lean UX. Introduction of JIC’s (Just In Case Items) & its attack on lean UX among the enterprise — as well as creating an enterprise specific UX Maturity Scales with metrics aligned to the needs of health-care providers and our organization.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders in order to increase the level of UX awareness and maturity among the enterprise, with the goal of increased buy-in among product managers and owners.
  • Development of 5 hour Persona Development Workshop that increased UX awareness and created shorthand towards the cross-functional alignment of the product needs and future development goals.

 

Idea Kites & Kites.io: Senior Consulting UI/UX Designer        2010 – Present

  • Designing mobile apps with cross-functional team (Hybrid Mobile apps using HTML5 and hybrid containers such as PhoneGap, as well as Native Mobile apps using iOS, Android, Windows Phone applications)
  • Co-Facilitating internal team of UI/UX developer and product owners in the creation of highly intuitive apps within a Lean UX developing environment.
  • Assisting new investors and clients in brand development by performing Assumption Persona Development workshops and using online testing platforms like Loop11 to validate findings.
  • Building complex game and social media applications for iOS, Android, & Windows devices.

Fuhu (Nabi Tablet): Senior Consulting UI/UX Designer
2013 – 2014

  • Development of over 30+ mobile apps with cross-functional team in an Agile Environment working mostly in the .Net Framework space.
  • Ability to create multiple low-fidelity workflows and wireframe in order to allow quick iteration and usage of internal usability labs. Used 3rd party tools like loop11, usertesting.com and SailThru.
  • Provided both quantitative and qualitative data to developers and key stakeholders in order to improve intuitive and Lean UX design. Assisting in testing and validation of apps usability with internal usability labs.
  • Building complex game and social media applications for Nabi family of tablets. Special attention made to security and children issues and limited access to the Internet.

Guess Jeans Inc.: UX & Creative Director (consultant)
11/13 to 4/14

  • Translated business, product and customer requirements, data and testing results into sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing product experiences for online and mobile use.
  • Maintained and massaged all UX/UI Templates, personas, design mockups, usage scenarios, user flows, prototypes, navigational maps and experience documentation for:
    Marciano, Guess, Guess Kids, G by Guess, & Guess Factory.
  • Collaborating with cross-functional team to develop monthly website updates, refreshes, plus daily e-mails. Introducing best practices like “Click-Bait” to weekly marketing and design meetings.

LA INTERACTIVE AD AGENCIES: UX & Creative Director (consultant)
2/11 to 4/14

  • CONSULTANT TO: Digital Kitchen | Saatchi & Saatchi LA | The Cimarron Group | Neoganda | Webersh & Wick | The Famous Group | Woo Agency

  • Created brand driven work for Queen Latifah Show, The Twilight Film Franchise, SONY, Samsung, Toyota, Universal Film, NBC and more.
  • As UX and Creative Lead on some of the agencies most complicated products, I created a cross-functional team environment where everyone was able to participate, contribute and grow. Developed ideas for top industry and award winning products like: Play Station 4 (First To Greatness), Puma, Lenovo Think Pad, P90X, and more.
  • Designed visually compelling frameworks that simply convey complex conceptual relationships in layman terms to all members of the agency and clients.
  • Manage teams of junior level user experience professionals, art directors and designers.

Aviesta: UI/UX Director, Creative Director, Lifestyle Photographer
4/12 to 7/13

  • Solved complicated e-commerce checkout processes, which included issues with bandwidth and online-cash payment in Mexico.
  • Art directed, mentor, and manage a team of designers, copy writers, and editor, in the creation of web initiatives including websites, microsites, blogs, and other new media solutions (e.g. Facebook, apps, widgets, fashion look-books).
  • Design UX workflows that included UX participation from first initial site-visit to delivery of product. This included UX involvement in packaging, printed material, and event planning.
  • Additional duties included creating a link between the work of our internal teams and the mission and values of the organization as it attempted to create a user experience in Mexico similar to those created by our competitors Just Fab and ShoeDazzle and understanding the bandwidth and cultural differences.

Bebe: Senior Online UX Creative Director (Consultant)
8/10 to 11/11

  • Re-skinning of entire website and complex UX design based on Amazon.com platform.
  • Manage a team of designers, flash developers & front-end producers in the creation of all web initiatives – microsites, blogs, new media solutions: Facebook apps, widgets, iOS fashion look-books and print materials.
  • Creative Director and Videographer for Bebe’s first NYC Fashion Show at Bryant Park.
  • Additional duties include developing and managing all internal and external web staff, writing project proposals, timelines, budgets, project management, site architecture and wire-frames.

Beachbody.com: Online Creative Director (Consultant)
12/09 to 12/10

  • Leveraging from the success of FRS.com as a top Direct Marketing company and using lessons learned plus best practices and applying them to Beachbody.com
  • Developing project proposals and presenting concepts to CEO/President and co-owner.
  • Direct Response focus and POP design, sight scouting and line-production while on site.
  • Communicate any special design needs or directives to the designers and appropriate production staff. Blocking out scenes and events prior to any video production.

The FRS Company: Senior Creative
1/08 to 11/09

  • Helped elevate the interactive department with established advertising agency (Frog Design)
  • Directed and Edited commercials for online and TV use (QVC and ESPN).
  • Worked closely with Frog Design to develop visual style guides and an online presence.
  • Part of award winning Direct Response Team – rated #1 worldwide by Nielsen Ratings.
  • Making over 2.6 Billion online impressions per month!

PI Interactive: Creative Director (Interactive)
7/06 to 10/08

  • Co-founded and grew start-up PI Interactive (with celebrity stylist José Eber) to a successful fashion only digital agency with multi-million dollar billings within 2 years.
  • Directed and Edited commercials for online use.
  • Fashion photographer and co-facilitated French Photographers like: Cyril Lagel and Ian Abela for Versace.
  • Performed the roles of partner, creative director, and copywriter for over 20 French and Italian companies.
  • CLIENTS INCLUDE: Versace, Louis Vuitton Italy, Porsche Fashion, Vera Wang, John Fluevog, Iceberg, 944 Magazine, Vogue Magazine, Angeleno Magazine

K2 Sports: Creative Director
8/03 to 4/06

  • Responsibilities include managing design staff, developing project proposals and presenting concepts to clients: Paintball Division.
  • Attend and develop brainstorming meetings, conduct brainstorming sessions with key production stakeholders and plan future development goals and product goals.
  • Collaborate with Walmart Executive and the development of a paintball product that met their “line pricing” and packaging requirements.
  • Writing creative briefs. Assist in assessing communications needs and presenting the communications concept/plan, including travel abroad (Berlin, Paris, Venice, Budapest) to promote paintball competition and involvement.
  • Cable video production and development for ESPN.

Grey Interactive: Creative Director
11/98 to 8/03

  • Youngest Creative Director in the history of Grey. Managed CoverGirl, Pantene, M&M, Twix, Autobytel.com, Liz Claiborne, Robert Allen Design, and Post Cereals.
  • Member of award winning team for Pantene and Covergirl. Learned expert level brand management and development. Educated team on Internet standards and best practices.

EDUCATION

Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) — 1992-1996

Bachelors Of Applied Science (B.A. Sc.) – Fashion Design and Illustration

Polimoda: International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing (Italy) — 1990

Started Bachelors Of Applied Science (B.A. Sc.) – completed at FIT SUNY

École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs — 1989-1990

Candidate for Bachelors Of Applied Science (B.A. Sc.) – Graphic Design

AWARDS

Webby Award 1998 –      Pantene (Grey Interactive)

Webby Award 2000 –      CoverGirl (Grey Interactive)

ADDY Award 2006 –        Toyota (Saatchi & Saatchi LA)