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UX Researcher + Designer

New York City, NY
September 15, 2018

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UX Researcher and Designer

Emily DeWan



I am an entrepreneur with a UX skillset. In running my previous business, I learned to take the overall vision of the client and translate that into actionable steps to reach their goal. I adore expressive storytelling, organization, structure, collaboration, and learning. My great love of people comes through in interactions with team members and clients. UX Researcher + Designer: Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority Stakeholder interviews and syntheses for a website redesign Designing low-fidelity and high-fidelity wireframes and prototypes.

06/2018 - Present

Founder, Principal Photographer + Retoucher: Emily DeWan Photography Photography for businesses + families: headshots, corporate events, children & pet sessions, and weddings. Sourced clients through networking, referrals, cross-promotions, and advertising. Managed bookkeeping, administrative records, and company website. Created and implemented streamlined workflows for commercial photography shoots to work with digital files. On-site retouching under real-time direction of clients.

03/2000 - 02/2018

UX Consultant: Thank Heaven

Researched customer buying patterns for a children’s boutique. Led interviews, created surveys, and conducted market research on competitive businesses.

Designed mid-fidelity and high-fidelity wireframes and prototypes. Conducted 2 rounds of usability testing and design iterations. Increased success rate with users from 88% to 97%. Presented designs to client and developers.

12/2017 - 01/2018

UX Researcher + Designer: Open Data Nation

Discovering key takeaways and actionable items from interviews with insurance company staff members. Creating personas and discovering marketplace fit.

Conducting user tests for a prototype created for city planners and safety strategists. Synthesizing results and implementing design changes.

Researching and designing website redesign and other marketing materials. Stakeholder interviews, usability testing, working with branding team, and wireframes.

05/2018 - Present

UX Research Consultant: General Assembly

Researched apparent disconnect between global team and local instructors of technology school. Conducted interviews of global team members and local instructors. Facilitated synthesis in the form of affinity mapping and personas. Provided suggested solutions for creation + updates of teaching materials and onboarding of new instructors.

01/2018 - 04/2018


B.S. Cinema & Photography • Minor: Music

Ithaca College 1999

Completed immersive program in User Experience Design + Research General Assembly 2018

Skills + Tools

User Research & Synthesis, Interviewing, Personas, User Flows, Task Flows, Card Sorting, Feature Prioritization, Wireframing, Prototypes, Usability Testing, Presenting Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator, Omnigraffle, Invision, Zeplin, Marvel, Lightroom



Partner dancing (Lindy Hop, Blues, Balboa, Fusion), Animal Welfare (Trap-Neuter-Return Certified), Pet adoption portrait photography, Former barbershop chorus singer

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