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Specialties
UI & UX Design
Product Design
Design Strategy
Creative Direction
Design Management
Interaction Design
Motion Design
Visual Design
Native App Design
Responsive Web Design
Presentation Skills
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
Mailchimp
Squarespace
Code Skills
HTML
CSS
Bootstrap
Javascript
Arduino
C++


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Specialties
UI & UX Design  Product Design  Design Strategy  Creative Direction  Design Management  Interaction Design  Motion Design  Visual Design  Native App Design  Responsive Web Design  Prototyping  Physical Computing   Creative Coding   Presentations  Storytelling  Typography  Mailchimp  Squarespace 
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
Call me 202-286-8695
Employment history

Freelance Product/ UX Designer providing design strategy, interaction, & visual design, 10/20 - present
Washington DC
  • Research, user testing, and redesign of a SaaS management tool
  • Led UX & UI for responsive public facing website with accessibity in mind
  • Built database of members, non-members, and donors
  • Implemented new tools to better manage services
  • Sourced, hired, and trained four contractors for influential roles
  • Moved organization over to Google Workspace and provided IT support and training
  • Streamlined processes for efficiency and transparency
Clients include The Columbia Land Trust and Glover Park Village
Principal Designer, CAPinside, 03/20 - 10/20
Hamburg, Germany
  • Led the UI, UX, and visual design for a responsive web-based investment community platform
  • Designed investor profiles, new messaging feature, and overhauled search function
  • Conducted research, expanded brand guidelines, and built a design library
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 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
  • Design Team Manager and lead designer working on flows, design library, UI, UX, and interaction design
  • Managed project milestones and worked with CEO and CPO on quarterly roadmap
  • Supervised overall design for iOS and Andriod apps
  • Provided career mentorship to junior designers
  • Liaison to other departments making sure design decisions were well articulated
  • Ran usability testing gathered by qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Prototyped new features and implemented feedback
  • Redesigned Android app featured in the Google Play Store and engagement 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 iOS features
  • Complete redesign of iOS app
  • Worked closely with Developer and QA teams to implement designs and animations
  • iOS app featured in the Apple App Store, achieving a 5 star rating
Selected HT projects:
Redesigned iOS App
Check Out Experience

Product Designer, Houzz, 1/14 - 2/15
Palo Alto, CA
  • Visual, interaction, user experience, and motion design for Houzz iOS and Android apps
  • 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
  • Designed titles, themes, and slideshows used by over 4 Million people worldwide
  • Developed and nurtured strong relationships with engineering and executive stakeholders
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)
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
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