Marek B. | Elance
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Marek B.

Expert Product Designer (UX) & Technical Writer
   United States
  |   Los Angeles, CA
  |  7:56 am Local Time


I'm an award winning, 10+ year pro in UX / product design, as well as a published technical writer.

• Significant experience in lean UX and rapid prototyping.

• Expert in UXpin, Balsamiq, Axure, Keynote, Visio, Omnigraffle and InVision, which have been used to create rapid prototypes, low- and high-fidelity wireframes, personas, mental models, sitemaps and process flows.

• Strong background in designing user journeys for native mobile apps, web sites (both marketing and eCommerce) and online training.

• In-depth knowledge of web site and mobile app functionalities, interactions, usability and navigation.

• Published technical writer with demonstrated experience developing copy and help documentation for science, engineering and high-tech audiences.

• Extensive experience with responsive web design and Bootstrap.

• Hermes award winner (platinum) in 2015 for outstanding product design.

• BS in Engineering and UX Design Certification from UCLA

Service Description
UX Design and Technical Communications Consultant
2006 – Present
Greater Los Angeles Area

Client Snapshot: Activision, Allscripts, AT&T RingCentral, Carbonite, Chuck E. Cheese’s, CSC, Dell, Experian Simmons, Guthy-Renker (Proactiv), Johnson & Johnson, Lexus, Liberty Mutual, LogMeIn, Rovicorp, See's Candy, Souplantation, TD Bank, Ticketmaster, True Religion Brand Jeans, US Army

* Created the foundations for web and mobile applications, including process flows, personas, mental models, low- and high-fidelity wireframes and prototypes.
* Designed user experiences for marketing web sites and online stores, which were optimized for search engines, lead-generation and conversions.
* Introduced Lean UX principles, tactics and techniques to product development teams.
* Authored user manuals, developer’s guides, presentations, web copy and technical whitepapers for numerous digital communication, media, software development, and information technology companies.

Lead UX Designer
Colony Logic
2013 – 2015
Greater Los Angeles Area

* Created low-fi sketches, low-fidelity wireframes and high-fidelity wireframes featuring detailed annotations to establish principle direction.
* Created interactive prototypes that facilitated an iterative design feedback process.
* Authored thorough design specifications and business requirement documentation.
* Collaborated closely with project managers, product managers, development leads and other designers.

Technical Publications Manager
Aspera, an IBM company
2010 – 2013
San Francisco Bay Area

* Developed product demonstration videos, as well as interactive product and technology presentations, which were used as sales and training support collateral.
* Created style guides and templates for Aspera help documentation, which included designing for web and PDF output.
* Authored product manuals, knowledge base articles, white papers and release notes, in accordance with multiple, concurrent product lifecycles.

Performance Analysis Engineer
2004 – 2006
Greater Los Angeles Area

* Designed critical, FAA-mandated components for aircraft environmental control and safety systems, including valves, sensors, heat exchangers and filters. Performed Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to evaluate distribution of stresses and displacements in designed components.
* Developed sophisticated numerical models for Boeing commercial airline environmental control and safety systems for use in statistical analysis of risk and failure.
* Identified, defined root cause of, and established corrective actions for in-service field problems of the Boeing 737/747/777 Nitrogen Generation System (NGS) and environmental control system.
* Created detailed technical proposals that included specifications, 3D renderings and performance analysis reports in response to Boeing and Airbus RFPs.
* Initiated and completed a Six Sigma “continuous-improvement” plan that significantly increased department efficiency and reduced task response-time, based on documented case studies.
Design Communication Arts (DCA)
Awarded: 2012
Six Sigma
Awarded: 2005
Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering
1998 - 2004
Talus Labs
Lead UX Designer
2013 - Present
UX and Technical Writing Consultant
2006 - Present
Aspera, Inc.
Technical Publications Manager
2010 - 2013
Honeywell Aerospace
Performance Analysis Engineer
2004 - 2006
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Technical Writer (Product Development)
2002 - 2004
Payment Terms
Net 30
Erica Bowers
Growing Generations, Vice President
Since 2006, I have written Website copy, articles, Knol posts and press releases in support of Growing Generations' global marketing efforts.
Marek B. | Elance

Marek B.