I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in Integrated Innovation for Products and Services. While at CMU, we teamed up with CMU CREATE Lab and MBA students to design products for clients like Volvo and Emirates. Now I’m working as a Product Manager for AOL in New York. We’re focused on innovation and bringing code and culture together.
Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I post design works mostly on Dribbble. If you’re from China, you might be one of my 75k+ followers on Zhihu, Douban or Weibo. I’m active on Instagram, where you can spy on what I ate and where I went 🙂 You may have run into me in some Meetups. You’re more than welcome to connect with me on LinkedIn.
I’ve helped friends and clients with various of design projects: Web, App, Logo, Poster, Catalog, T-shirt, and Presentation…
Every great product has a brilliant user insight. I love utilizing surveys, focus group, interviews to generate insights and conducting user testing confirming our solutions work.
I minimize the confusion and frustration by providing users a clear and logical structure. I ensure that features are easily accessible and are organized in a predictable way.
Pen and paper, Lucidchart, Google Slides, Sketch... I use different tools to achieve the same goal - get everyone on the same page, facilitate iterations, and stay on the right track.
I usually upload designs to Marvel/InVision, where I can link the pages and create a click-through prototype quickly. I work closely with developers on prototyping.
I create pixel-perfect designs for responsive web pages and iOS/Android apps, using Sketch and Adobe Creative Suite. I also dabble in HTML/CSS and Xcode.
I use Hype to make medium-to-high fidelity animations and Adobe AE to make very refined ones. Some interactive animations were done with Framer.
By understanding the users and their needs, I map out the journey and write a story for each critical point. Stories can clarify the functionalities for developers.
As a certified Scrum Product Owner, I've used Scrum and Kanban in the past. I'm familiar with the process and popular tools in the market, such as JIRA and Trello.
Working with the data team, I've monitored metrics, such as clicks and conversion rate, and interpreted their meanings. I conducted A/B testing of various modules on AOL.com.
I've worked with Vanessa in the AOL innovation lab. She is the perfect fit to work on forward thinking projects. It's a treat to work with Vanessa, from ideation, to finding the suitable look and feel. Her designs are always innovative, modern implementing the latest trends. She works fast and she's super motivated - one can truly see product design is her passion. I miss her everyday.
I brought Vanessa to my team, trusting her product mindset and design talents. She always exceeds my expectation. She would not hesitate to express her opinions and add value to the team. She took the initiative and you could trust her being responsible to any project. She was good at prioritizing and getting things done efficiently. I strongly recommend her for any product and design positions!
I mentored Vanessa and her team in the HCI Independent Study course. Both Vanessa and team worked directly with clients to turn a rough concept into a polished app design. Her clients were extremely happy with their interactions with the team and thrilled with the deliverables. Vanessa did a wonderful job managing their expectations and working diligently to complete a product they could work with in the future.
Vanessa was an invaluable member of the Pastport team. Her work ethic, careful attention to detail, and beautiful designs impressed us and helped transform our idea into a fully functional app. We couldn't have done it without her! I would recommend her for any position that can use her talents!
I had the pleasure of working with Vanessa on 360showings: her enthusiasm was visible from the onset at Startup weekend. She took a rough bunch of slides and turn it into a professional pitch deck that garnered many positive remarks for our final presentation. She has an very talented eye for design and her skill set is a great asset as we move forward.
Vanessa worked with Launchpilots as a full-time designer from June to November 2013. During this time she was in charge of designing website layout, wireframes and making client reports visually for major brands like Red Bull. Vanessa's positive can-do attitude has been a great addition to Launchpilots and I'm sure she will be great asset to any team she joins in the future!