Let me introduce myself!

My name is Melinda ★★

I'm a New Jersey-based creative who is passionate about design and is a regular connoisseur of pop culture. I am an ambitious and highly motivated Product Designer with an educational background in graphic design with a concentration in animation, and more than 8 years of professional experience as a print designer for consumer goods and 6 years in a team-leadership role.

I care deeply about creating thoughtfully-crafted, functional products that solve problems in society. I believe that if you are going to do something you should put your whole heart into it and it should help people. As a Product Designer, I champion that products must be built for the people who use them, designed with the intention to improve their lives, and structurally built to last.

While working in print design, I grew to become a team lead. This allowed me to be a part of a team, while acting as a guide to help the team reach our objectives. I believe heavily in providing opportunities to younger people who are trying to begin their careers. I believe that it takes only one person's kindness to give someone an opportunity that can change their whole life for the better. I strive to be a mentor and a friend towards my team, rather than a boss.

In 2020 my design journey took a new direction. I had just had my first child and was settling into a newly purchased house. One night I was watching YouTube videos and a video about UX Design came up in my recommended videos list. After I watched it, it was love at first sight. I wanted to learn more about this intersection of design and human-centered needs. I embarked on an educational journey that led me to taking The Google UX Design Professional Certificate in 2021. From that point forward, I immersed myself in studying UX/UI design and continue to dedicate myself to honing my skills and being an active member of the design community.

User-centered design has developed into a strong passion of mine and led me to a deeper understanding of myself as a designer and why I am not satisfied with products that do not work as well as they should.

In my spare time you can find me tending to my many plants, reading comics with my partner and our cats, or taking my son on adventures.

Digital Skills:

Design Software: Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Dreamweaver
UX/UI Software: Figma and Adobe XD
Project Management Tools: Monday.com and Asana

Additional Skills:

Photography, Video Editing, Social Media Marketing, Drawing, Sewing and Crafting, Plant Care and Propagation and Basic HTML and CSS.

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