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About Me

I have 20 years of experience in digital design, with a focus on mobile & web product UX. For the last decade I have been building and leading internal design teams as a Creative & UX Director.

For me, the term “User Experience” means more than wireframes and UI. A great User Experience covers everything that reaches the user. Yes, that means UX/UI, but that also means brand design, copywriting, photography, sound. My background includes all aspects of digital design with a steady goal of keeping the user at the center of decisions. Great design requires a good balance of all these elements working harmoniously, and that is where my passion lies.

Core Competencies

  • Creative Vision + Design Strategy
  • Digital Branding
  • UX + UI Design
  • Responsive Design
  • iOS, Android, Desktop Product Design
  • All kinds of Prototyping
  • User Research
  • Quantitative + Qualitative Data Analysis
  • A/B Testing
  • Project Planning
  • External + Internal Client Management
  • Mentorship + Teambuilding
  • Technical Implementation Knowledge
  • Concept Presentation

Working With Me

  • I’m a digital creative who knows how to lead.
  • The kind of leadership that produces stellar work and happy teams.
  • I am deeply committed to the people who use my products.
  • I have over a decade of experience creating effective UX with big visual appeal.
  • I’ve built, led and inspired teams for web, mobile and touch.
  • I believe in clean, bold branding that connects to users.
  • I love to mentor while sharpening my own evolving expertise.
  • I create work that improves a user’s 360 degree experience.
  • My work gets used. Let’s connect.

Things people say about me…

“Marie is a UX pro. A dynamo.”
Jennifer Blue, Copywriter

“Marie is an inspirational manager with genius creative capabilities. She is a talented designer and an influential leader.”
Jerry Gillentine, Producer

“Marie has the uncanny ability to deliver striking and usable user experiences that are not only visually appealing, but also represent the appropriate combination of business goals, product vision and brand.”
Ken Ohnemus, Principal UX Architect

“She allows designers and developers to do their best work by guiding them rather than micromanaging them, allowing us to truly be “creative”… She will fight for good results, great design, and usability.”
Tony Yates, Sr. UX Designer

“Marie’s natural talents for bringing out the best in others shines through, and is a large reason team members continue to work with her.”
Mikelle Morrison, Creative Director

“Marie is, by far, one of the most adept managers I have ever worked with. She continually took on large strategic initiatives and managed a creative work force to its full potential.”
Megan Trineer, Director of HR

“Her leadership skills as a creative director seamlessly guide projects from concept to completion, and her adept ability to bring her vision to life is a cumulatively rewarding and informative process.”
Sam Swenson, Sr. Content Strategist

Some mentions…

Listed as one of 33 UX Directors to Follow

Included as an expert in 26 Experts On What Makes An Exceptional UX Manager

Called out as a positive mentor in an article about Career growth through mentorship and self-discipline

My boss at HTC wrote a fascinating and humbling bit about how I ran my creative team.

An oldie but goodie from way back in 1994, featured in a Designing Women series.