I bring empathy and strategic vision to collaborative product teams.

About
Hi! I’m Arena.
I’m a product designer with a focus on collaborative innovation and implementation. I thrive on coming up with solutions that are rooted in an understanding of business goals, insights from user research, collaborative ideation, and practicality.
I am
  • A productive designer who focuses on the needs of users.
  • An outgoing user researcher with an open mind and an observant eye.
  • A professional dedicated to clearly defining and meeting business goals.
  • An encouraging leader of ideation and constructive feedback sessions.
  • A clear communicator of designs that consider the full complexity of situations.
  • A quick study, constantly improving through research and iteration.
  • A collaborative and practical planner with experience in agile software development.
  • A considerate teammate who anticipates timing and needs.
Skills
  • User Research
  • Ideation
  • Scope Planning
  • Interface Design
  • Interaction Design
  • UX Design
  • Prototyping
  • User Testing
  • Agile Development
  • Iteration
  • Communication
Tools
  • Basics
  • paper, pencil, pens, PostIt notes, foam core boards, cameras, ...

  • Design
  • Sketch, Zeplin, InVision App, Illustrator, Figma, Affinity Designer & Photo, Photoshop, The Noun Project.

  • Organization, Planning, and Communication
  • Trello, Pivotal Tracker, Asana, Slack with Integrations, hand-made calendars and kanban boards.

  • Development Contributions
  • Sublime Text, Git, Terminal, xCode Simulator, Android Simulator, Chrome & Safari Developer Tools, IcoMoon App.

  • More...
  • I enjoy the adoption of new tools that best suit the task at hand.
Experience
  • Product Designer
  • Newsbound
  • February 2015 - February 2016

  • Product Designer
  • Formation Data Systems
  • 2013-2015

  • Interaction Designer
  • IDEO
  • 2013 & 2014

  • Product Designer
  • Couchsurfing
  • 2012-2013

  • Lead Designer
  • Grockit
  • 2008-2012

  • UX Designer
  • Pivotal Labs
  • 2006-2008

  • Designer
  • Visual Arena Design
  • Various

Education
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Art & Biology (Double Major)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz

Interests
  • Civic Technology
  • OpenOakland, Oakland's Code for America Brigade

  • Trail Building
  • Urban Riders of San Francisco & Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz