Brett Grau • Product and UX Designer

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BRETT GRAU

BrettErinGrau@gmail.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bgrau/
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A LITTLE ABOUT ME

 New York City based product and UX designer, with several years experience in Agile agency and startup settings. Takes a user centric approach when conceptualizing and designing new features and products. Collaborates with engineers and product managers to assure the final product fits within technical and business needs. Takes a leadership role throughout entirety of the process. 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

Maryland Institute College of Art

Class of 2012  •  Baltimore, Maryland

BFA in Interaction Design and Art (IxDA), Concentration in Graphic Design
Graduated with Highest Honors


EXPERIENCE

SENIOR User Experience DESIGNER, Newsela

October 2015 - PRESENT  •  New York, New York

  • Created medium and high fidelity wireframes to test and validate concepts and features that met business goals and KPIs 
  • Executed finalized UI and visual design across web and mobile platforms 
  •  Lead early stage brainstorming and ideation sessions, establishing user stories and workflows 
  • Conducted competitive analysis of other education and consumer products on the market 
  • Facilitated testing sessions and interviews with current product users, reporting and iterating quickly on findings 
  • Collaborated with engineers and product managers to understand and work through technological and business requirements 
  • Mentored and managed junior members of the design team, providing candid feedback, guidance, and assisting in their professional growth 

SENIOR INTERACTIVE DESIGNER, FLIGHTPATH

MAY 2012 - October 2015  •  New York, New York

Hired as an Interactive Designer in 2012, promoted to Senior Interactive Designer in 2014 

  • Created innovative designs for responsive websites, mobile apps, and social media campaigns 
  • Wrote clear design and production specifications 
  • Worked closely with engineers to translate designs and functionality into the final product 
  • Lead brainstorming sessions internally and with clients, and presentations of design concepts 

Select Clients:Showtime, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Goya Foods, PDR

UX DESIGN INTERN, MOODLE ROOMS

Jan. 2012 - may 2012  •  Baltimore, Maryland

  • Working closely with the Labs team to develop a new learning management system built off of the Moodle platform
  • Created High fidelity wireframes for screens and features inside of the new product
  • Leading and engaging in active brainstorming and white boarding sessions for new features, and possible user pitfalls
  • Research and advised in both design and UX best practices

WEB ART INTERN, NYLON MAGAZINE

May 2009 - aug. 2009

  • Produced unique artwork and banners for daily features on Nylon and Nylon Guy’s websites
  •  Cropped and retouched photos for online galleries, banners and emails
  • Uploading and scheduling stories in Nylon’s content management system


SKILLS

Design Software

Skilled Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator, and other Creative Suite products, Omnigraffle, Framer 

Web Production

HTML & CSS proficient

User Experience Design

Wireframing, understanding of iOS Human Interface guidelines & Android Developer Guidelines, rapid prototyping with InVision, conducting user testing sessions and reporting results, researching and creating user stories and use case scenarios.

Motion Graphics

Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, & iMovie