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Specialties
Strategic Thinking
Creative Direction
Design Management
Presentation Skills
Native App Design
Responsive Web Design
UI & UX Design
Product Design
Interaction Design
Motion Design
Visual Design
Prototyping
Physical Computing
Creative Coding
Storytelling
Typography
Tools
After Effects
Figma
Sketch
Zeplin
Lottie
Photoshop
Illustrator
openFrameworks
Processing
MAX 8
Cinema 4D
Unity
iWork
Microsoft Office
Code Skills
HTML
CSS
Bootstrap
Javascript
Arduino
C++


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Specialties
Strategic Thinking  Creative Direction  Design Management  Native App Design  Responsive Web Design  UI & UX Design  Product Design  Interaction Design  Motion Design  Visual Design  Prototyping  Physical Computing   Creative Coding   Presentations  Storytelling  Typography 
Tools
After Effects  Figma  Sketch  Zeplin  Lottie  Photoshop  Illustrator  openFrameworks  Processing  MAX 8  Cinema 4D  Unity  iWork  Microsoft Office 
Code Skills
HTML  CSS  Bootstrap  Javascript  Arduino  JAVA  C++ 
Write to me hello@rachelmax.com
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Employment history

Designer, Freelance, 10/20 - present
Washington DC
Principal Designer, Art Director, & Brand Manager for non-profit organizations.
Principal Designer, CAPinside, 03/20 - 10/20
Hamburg, Germany
As Principal designer I led the interaction, UI, UX and visual design for a responsive B2B web-based investment community platform including a new messaging feature, how search and search results function, and investor profile designs. I also defined design strategy, expanded brand guidelines, and built and maintained a design system. The projects I worked on resulted in resoundingly positive customer feedback, engagement increased 30% in the first month, and CAPinside was acquired!

Selected CAPinside projects:
Investor Profiles
New Messaging Feature
Search Redesign

Senior Designer and Creative Technologist, Freelance, 09/16 - present
San Francisco & London
In my pursuit of two graduate degrees, I explored emerging and immersive technologies. Topics covered included supervised machine learning, electronics, IoT, Bluetooth LE, live computational performance, generative visuals, data visualization, projection mapping, creative coding, physical product design, rapid prototyping, computer vision, AR, working with Arduino & Raspberry PI and gestural interaction design.

Selected code-based projects:
Other Lamp
Assistants With Attitude
Projection Mapping
Gestural Interaction
Unity Game

Head of Product Design, Coffee Meets Bagel, 11/15 - 09/16
San Francisco
As manager of the design team, I supervised the design, provided career mentorship to junior designers, and served as a liaison to other departments making sure design decisions were well articulated. I managed project milestones for my team as well as being lead designer - designing flows, systems, UI, UX, and interaction. I also supervised and organized the prototyping of new features and ran usability testing sessions, aggregating, evaluating, and implementing feedback gathered by qualitative and quantitative methods. The redesigned Android app was featured in the Google Play Store and engagement on previously hard to find features almost doubled.

Selected CMB projects:
Android App Redesign
iOS Sticker pack
iOS App Gamification

Senior Product Designer, Hotel Tonight, 2/15 - 11/15
San Francisco
UX design, UI design, and interaction design of new mobile features as well as redesigning the iOS app. I worked closely with Dev and QA teams to implement designs and animations. The app was featured in the Apple App Store and our rating went from 4 stars to 5 stars.

Selected HT projects:
Redesigned iOS App
Check Out Experience

Product Designer, Houzz, 1/14 - 2/15
Palo Alto, CA
I did visual design, interaction design, user experience design, and motion design to help create a cohesive, beautiful user experience for the Houzz iOS and Android apps. I also contributed to the Houzz video projects as a title designer and art director.

Selected Houzz projects:
Mobile Onboarding Experience
Titles for Houzz TV some of which can be also be seen on my reel

Senior Animator and Designer, Apple, 09/07 - 06/13
Cupertino, CA
Designed user experience and interaction of consumer applications on MacOS and iOS including iPhoto, iMovie, Aperture, Garageband. Also designed content including titles, themes, and slideshows. Designing and prototyping iteratively, I developed and nurtured strong relationships with engineering and executive stakeholders. The iMovie titles I designed and built in Quartz Composer have been used by over 3 Million people!

Selected Apple projects:
iMovie Titles
iOS Cards App
iPhoto Carousel

Freelance Broadcast Designer and Animator, NYC, 03/03 - 08/07
NYC
Design, Animation, Compositing, Video Editing, Art Direction. Clients Included: Big Film Design, Nickelodeon, MTV, BAM, Sesame Workshop, Bright Eyes Tour Visuals, Nike, The History Channel, NBC Universal, and Discovery Kids. Some of this work can be seen on my reel.
Film Festival East Coast Coordinator, Slamdance, 2004 - 2006
NYC
Managed screenings and Q&As in NYC at the DGA and in the East Village of award-winning Slamdance films. Shook Ryan Gosling’s hand, TWICE.

Speaking engagements and shows

January 2020 - Orator, Goldsmiths University of London Graduation Ceremony, Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster

September 2019 - Threads, Computational Arts MA Degree Show, St. James Hatcham Church, New Cross, London

April 2019 - BANG!, Play With Your Food Performance, SET Dalston, London

May 2019 - 2POP||!2POP, Goldsmiths MA/MFA Pop-up Show, Ben Pimlott Building, New Cross, London

Feb 2019 - Get Lerped, Goldsmiths MA/MFA Pop-up Show, St. James Hatcham Church, New Cross, London

March 2019 - Play With Your Food Performance, St. James Hatcham Church, New Cross, London

June 2018 - I Just Wanted To Make A Pillow That Would Talk To Me, MFA Exhibition, Jan and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum, UC Davis, USA.

September 2017 - Transduction, performance by Jiayi Young. I acted as both an assistant and participant. Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria

September 2014 - More Cowbell, artist talk on the importance of playfulness and humor in design. Reasons To Be Creative Conference, Brighton, England.
Patents

Printed Item Selection Interface - US20120050788A1 - Publication Date March 1, 2012

Filtering Based on Device Orientation - US20140092125A1 - Publication Date April 3, 2014
Education

MA Computational Arts, 2019 - Distinction (GPA 4.0)
Explored combining design, art, and technology using creative computation
Goldsmiths University of London, UK

MFA Design, 2018 - GPA 4.0
Interdisciplinary Design focusing on sensor technology and physical computing
University of California, Davis, CA

B.S. Cinema and Photography
Concentration in Film Production with double minors in Audio Design and Italian
Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
International
Dual Irish and United States citizenship
Italian Language Skills (intermediate)
German Language Skills (beginner)
Selected animation and writing awards
Best of Berkeley Film Festival Award
2 Silver Telly Awards
Cine Golden Eagle
Best of Show, Rosebud Film Festival
Best Short Animation, Silver Sprocket International Film
Festival 2 Rosebud Film Festival Awards
Screenwriting Award, Washington Film and Video Council
Animation Award, Washington Film and Video Council