delacruz DYNAMICS
Kristian Dela Cruz // UX Designer

About

 
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I'm a UX Designer, mentor, educator and motivator. My passion for design gives me an opportunity to engage in user experience design, user research, design thinking/service design, user interface design, art direction, advertisement and brand development. I fully advocate creating products that is rigorously researched and tested by users every step of the way. One of my bucket list item is to travel the world and photograph images of unique textures and create a book that inspires an individual's lifestyle. My design goals is to tackle innovative user experience problems, educate individuals everything UX and have a cat farm in the near future. I currently live in Frederick, Maryland with my cats Dot, Zoey, Skye and Ember (the hairless ones’), a hyper-active chihuahua named Cami and my fiancé Timothy. 

I love to chat with people about their projects. Send me an email at delacruzdynamics@yahoo.com

Dy - nam - ics  [dahy-nam-iks] ( used with a plural verbs ) -  the motivating or driving forces, physical or moral, in any field. A source or force that will expand its longevity.

 

 

Education

General Assembly, User Experience Design, September 2014–December 2014
Shepherd University, Bachelors of Fine Arts Concentration on Graphic Design 2010–2013
Hagerstown Community College, multiple art and design classes 2007–2009

Experience

Asurion | Sterling, VA
Lead UX Designer, March 2018–Present
More to come!

Booz Allen Hamilton | Rockville, MD
Lead Product Designer, February 2015–March 2018

Clients: Department of State, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor, Army, Air Force, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Institute of Health (NIH)

Lead Designer to create human-centered experiences on mobile applications, responsive websites, data visualization and strategizing for digital products.

Design Leadership Inspires and fosters user-centered design through company knowledge shares on UX process. Initiated team updates on UX practices and provide insight on upcoming projects

User Research Spearheads efforts to uncover user needs through interviews, surveys, market validation, card sorting, and usability testing in order to focus product direction and ensure market fit

Creative Ideation Empowers collaborative divergent thinking through facilitating ideation sessions that balance individual creative contribution with  design workshops and planning

Product Strategy Focuses team around product roadmaps that balance and prioritize current and future user needs, technical requirements and business objectives

Agile Design Process Established agile tracks with design and testing sprints contributing to successive development cycles, reducing code rewrites in the governmental digital transformations

Stakeholder Collaboration Collaborated with project stakeholders to align on method of design communication, deliverable handoff, strategic visioning and check-in cadence in order to ensure accurate development and execution

Design Critiques Instated goal-focused design critique structure that promotes objective and constructive feedback while minimizing opinion-based decision making

Team Mentorship Mentored junior team members to develop design skills through deliberate practice and deconstruction of UX tools, processes and frameworks

 

 

Shepherd University | Shepherdstown, WV
UX Design Adjunct Instructor, January 2017–May 2017
Instructed and created the first cohort of User Experience Design for Shepherd University’s
Graphic Design BFA program. The students built an empathic approach on designs and executed user experience processes on digital application development

Choice Hotels International | Rockville, MD
Designer, August 2014–February 2015
Design websites, e-mail, print collateral, web banners and advertisement for Choice Hotels International Brands. Utilizing web advertisements to promote brand hotels, Choice Privileges®, international promotions and corporate events. 

Ignite Media Solutions | McLean, VA
Web Designer, June 2014–August 2014
Design websites, landing pages, web banners and advertisement for brands. Collaborated with marketing to create a brand through social media and analytics. Utilized user experience design to establish interactive retail websites to target the users for greater results. 

Discovery Communications | Silver Spring, MD
Graphic Designer, June 2013–Present
Design digital media graphics, logo concepts, posters — for TLC, Animal Planet, Discover Channel, Velocity, Science Channel, American Heroes Channel, Discovery Fit and Health, Discovery Education, and Corporate.
Developed and strategized digital advertisement, logo development, international projects, social media graphics, download to load graphics. Collaboration with art directors, designers, account executives, copy writers, and production managers.

The Mountain Came Alive | Shepherdstown, WV
Freelance Designer, May 2013–Present
Design of CD packaging, booklet, and development for interactive website.

Exhibitions

Break the Silence: STOP BULLYING | Shepherdstown, WV
2013 Senior Graphic Design Exhibition, Shepherdstown Community Club, Spring 2013
Exhibit Designer. Senior Thesis project that incorporated large format posters and collateral.

The Beauty of Fashion and Skateboard Emotion Series | Shepherdstown, WV
Sans Merci Student Art Exhibition, Shepherdstown Community Club, Spring 2013
Skateboard design, Book Design.

Awards

210, 2015 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor, 2015
Voices from the Storm, AAF, District 2, Student Gold ADDY, 2013
Voices from the Storm, AAF, Greater Frederick, Student Gold ADDY, 2013
The Beauty of Fashion, AAF, Greater Frederick, Student Silver ADDY, 2013

Skills

 
 

Research
A/B Testing
Card Sorting
Competitive Analysis
Data Synthesis
Ethnography
Design Thinking/Service Design
Guerrilla Research
Interviews
Persona Creation
Usability Testing
Journey Mapping
Test Scripts

Design
Accessibility
Design Critiques
Design Studio Workshops
Information Architecture
Interaction Design
Rapid-Prototyping
High-Fidelity Mock ups
Wireframes
User Flows
User Journeys
User Stories
Design System Creations

Misc.
Agile
Design Sprints
Digital Advertising
Brand Development
HTML/CSS
Mobile Applications
Social Media Strategy
Responsive Web
Digital Illustration

Software
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
Balsamiq Mockups
Google Analytics
Optimal Workshop
Omnigraffle
InVision
Sketch
Zeplin