creator, problem solver, designer

Design is problem-solving. Design is a big picture composed of small details. Design is listening, researching, trying a whole bunch of wrong solutions before finding the right one. Design is putting the user first, creating memorable experiences.

about me

Oh hello there! My name is Shannon. I'm a professional product designer creating engaging experiences for users across all types of industries. I've been creating digital experiences professionally for over a decade now.

I started out in web accidentally, when I found out on my second week of my first job I was actually hired to be a web designer/front-end developer (and not the print designer like I thought). After some initial struggle, I fell in love with it. I loved figuring out the code aspect, trying things until something worked. I loved creating delight for users and value for clients.

As I've grown in my career over the years, I've learned to hone that love and passion into skill and expertise. I put the user first as I explore flows, designs, and overall experiences. I work with product managers, engineers, and business leads to make sure the users' needs are balanced with business goals and technical limitations. I absolutely love collaborating with a great team of ux designers. I utilize data to inform my design decisions. Conducting research sessions with real people is one of my favorite parts of the design process.

I am currently living in the SF Bay Area and open to new opportunities.

 experience

Senior Experience Designer, Developer Ecosystem Team Lead

ADOBE |  Apr 2021 - PRESENT

I work with cross-functional partners across many different business units to create a cohesive system of experiences for Adobe's third-party developers and partners. I guided the creation of a multi-year vision or north-star of what the developer ecosystem needs to focus on next. I also am working vertically to create a cohesive distribution experience for our third-party developers and partners. Providing leadership, feedback, and mentorship to other designers on the team is also a vital part of my role.


Senior Experience Designer

ADOBE |  AUG 2019 - PRESENT

I lead the design for one of the tools our third-party developers use to build with Adobe technology. I work closely with other designers on our developer ecosystem design team to provide guidance when possible. I collaborate closely with product leadership and engineering to guide the direction of developer products. I also engage with projects and programs outside my normal day-to-day that Adobe hosts such as Girls Who Code mentorship and being a judge for Adobe Creative Jams held at colleges.

 

Experience Designer

ADOBE |  JUL. 2018 - AUG 2019

I work with a team of designers that focuses on creating experiences for third-party developers that are building plugins, extensions, and custom apps with Adobe technology. I collaborate closely with product managers and engineers to make sure we are not only working within the business goals and technology constraints but also keeping the user's needs in mind and advocating for the user within the broader project team.

 

Product Designer

ELEMENTUM  |  AUG 2017 - JUL 2018

Elementum is a large startup focused on bringing Supply Chain Management into this century. I work on a team of product designers to create features for the Elementum suite of apps. I work with product managers, engineers, customer experience, and other members of the UX team to build new features that bring value to our customers.

 

Product Designer

ZURB  |  JAN 2016 - JUL 2017

I worked with a range of clients (from McAfee to Mozilla to GE) to create amazing business value through design. I worked closely with the clients through the Progressive Design process to create digital products that engage and excite their users. My work in this process included user research, stakeholder interviews, sketching, ideation, wireframing, visual design, user testing, and front-end development (Sass, HTML, Javascript, Foundation, Git). I gained valuable experience in presenting work to clients and building lasting relationships that kept the clients coming back for more work.

 

Digital Art Director

ROCKETFUEL   |   2014 - 2016

I managed a small design team. My responsibilities included making sure every piece of design that left the office was in tip-top shape, collaborating with clients to discover the information we need to produce the best work for them, presenting work to clients, influencing the team to learn and grow as designers, managing schedules and workload, and protecting the time of the team so they can focus on producing great work. I also worked alongside the design team creating work for my own projects.

 

Senior Digital Designer

ROCKETFUEL   |   2012 - 2014

I collaborated with clients, developers, project managers, ux strategist, and other designers to create elegant website and app design for clients big and small.

 

Designer / Front-end Developer

COMMUNICATION ARTS COMPANY   |   2007 - 2012

My responsibilities consisted of designing creative solutions for web and print. I also coded websites using HTML, CSS, and Javascript. I worked with CMS platforms like Expression Engine and WordPress.

 

Design Intern

OFFICE OF AGRICULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS   |   2003 - 2007

I worked in a design office on campus all 4 years of college (and 2.5 of the summers). I learned just as much in that office as I did in class, everything from communicating clearly with clients, to working with other designers on projects, to learning how to work within budget and time constraints.

volunteering

Mentor

Girls Who Code summer program at Adobe  |  summer 2019

Adobe hosts Girls Who Code summer sessions where they pair highschool girls with developers and mentors at Adobe. I was partnered with an Adobe intern to meet with a student each week to talk career, life, projects, etc. This was a great opportunity to influence and mentor students thinking about a future career in tech. 

 

Director of Workshops

CREATIVE WORKS CONFERENCE | OCTOBER 2015

I had the pleasure of working with the awesome team that organizes the Creative Works conference to help plan the 2015 conference. I was in charge of making sure workshops went off without a hitch. This included working with the workshop presenters to get the materials they needed and making sure we had plenty of space for their demonstrations. I also helped with operations during the conference, doing anything that was needed, from making coffee to helping attendees.