Resume

Experience

Strava Inc. | User Experience Lead | Since Jan ‘12

  • Leading the User Experience team for Strava’s Mobile Apps and Website
  • UX Design for companion devices including Google Glass, Smartwatches, 3rd party devices and partner integrations
  • Managing User Research Projects and User Testing

Mixed Media Labs | User Experience Designer | Mar ‘11 – Jan ‘12

  • Design lead for App.net a new product that helps users create simple & beautiful landing pages for mobile apps
  • UX design of new features on photo-sharing site PicPlz.com including search, collections & mobile sign-up

Yahoo! Social Platform | User Experience Designer | Jun ‘09 – Mar ’11

  • Led the design for a new product defining the experience for consuming and sharing content on the web
  • Designed interfaces that maximize user engagement, lower the barrier for participation and increase traffic
  • Created designs to support 3rd-party experiences like social gaming on various Yahoo! products
  • Collaborated with multi-disciplinary teams on effective interfaces that allow easy discovery and exploration
  • Won internal Hackday with an interactive prototype, now considered for implementation
  • Facilitated design jams and evangelized Yahoo!’s design practice through recruiting at the University of Michigan

Dishes – Local & Social iPhone App | Founder | Since Jun ‘10

  • Defined the vision and strategy for a mobile application that redefines the dining experience
  • Developed an interactive prototype to demonstrate and test functionality
  • Created and iterated UI concepts, interaction flows and specifications for developer

Yahoo! Developer Network | Interaction Design Intern | May ‘08 – Aug ‘08

  • Led the redesign of the design pattern library to support scalability, flexible content and a modular layout
  • Evaluated and improved the various phases of the design pattern publication process
  • Published and revised design patterns promoting and supporting consistency across Yahoo!’s properties

Sapient Consulting | Interactive Developer | Nov ‘06 – Sep ‘07

  • Created interactive prototypes as proof of concept and for user testing
  • Translated visual designs into code and worked closely with developers to ensure integrity of UI
  • Led and worked with remote teams to manage and execute client projects on time
  • Implemented ad-serving pilot for online marketing supporting multivariate testing

Enlit – Financial Benchmarking in Education | Co-Founder and UX Lead | Since Jul ‘06

  • Conceptualized and developed a financial benchmarking and management tool for schools
  • Led the product design by applying a user-centered design process
  • Performed user testing and roadmap planning for the product

LeanTrak, Inc. | Information Architect | Jan ‘05 – Oct ‘06

  • Concept and development of company website & knowledge management system
  • Design and implementation of a project management tool for multi-billion dollar petroleum company
  • Design and development of worldwide branding program for a global corporation

Education

Master of Science in Information & Human-Computer Interaction | University of Michigan School of Information | Ann Arbor, MI | Apr ‘09

  • Merit Scholarship Recipient
  • Executive Board Member of HCI Student Organization

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Media Informatics | University of Applied Sciences | Cologne, Germany | Nov ‘04

  • Graduated in top 5%

Skills

Software

  • OmniGraffle, Illustrator, Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite, Visio, Axure

Usability Methodologies

  • Personas & Scenarios, Usability Testing, Paper Prototyping, Heuristic Evaluation, Survey design, Contextual Inquiry, Website analytics

Programming

  • HTML5, CSS, XML, DOM, YUI, PHP, JavaScript, SQL, Ruby on Rails, SEO, Accessibility

Recognition

  • Awarded second place for Library 2.0 Design Competition | Apr ’09
  • Awarded first place for Social Computing Competition by Microsoft | Mar ’08
  • Received award for my bachelor thesis at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne for research and development of “a web application service for individual user-based sorting and ranking of search engine results” | Nov ’04
  • Received 18month stipend for German-American trainee exchange program | Jan ’05

Language

Fluent in German and English, basic understanding of French.

Interests & Activities

Photography, Architecture, Triathlon
Member of IxDA, BayCHI, SIGCHI and Information Architecture Institute