Lea is a designer/developer based in Toronto.

Designer who identifies as vegan(ish). Suffers from chronic volunteerism. Loves: long brainstorming sessions. Hates: Big egos. Buzzfeed quiz results from “What character from The Office are you” is without fail, Pam Beesly.

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Currently

• Full-time Senior UI/UX Designer for Critical Mass Inc.

• Accepting freelance work

Professional Skills

Lea’s strongest abilities lay in her cross functional skill set that allow her to take ownership of a project from pitch to development to post-launch strategy. Her strategic thinking gets the big picture for projects making her able to identify differentiation points, making each project's design unique. 

Having expertise in both design and front-end web development, Lea fosters a collaborative environment that meets the requirements of creatives and developers at the same time. Unique to Lea, is her experience in competitive coaching and elite sports. She knows how to lead a team toward a common goal with both gentle guidance and constructive criticism. Being a national championship athlete means that she has a competitive nature and will seek to always exceed expectations at any given task as well as set high standards for herself and her team.

Competencies

• Excellent command of the Creative Cloud Suite

• Mac and Windows fluency

• Expert in HTML, CSS and preprocessing languages and authoring methodologies

• Expert in technical CMS implementation

• Extensive experience with prototyping and handoff apps

• Confident in client-facing presentation skills

• Proficient in client-side languages, i.e. JavaScript

• Extensive work with frontend frameworks

• Expert knowledge of Sketch and other webinteraction design apps

• Basic knowledge of video editing and audiovisual design principles

• Solid business and marketing competencies to assist with RFP’s

Professional Experience

Senior Designer

Critical Mass Inc. – April 2018 to present

Matching strategic direction with design for internet and web-based marketing initiatives for a major U.S. bank, as well as adhoc projects and pitch-work for additional clients. Previously worked on SAP building an internal global communications campaign. Produced national campaign assets for Rogers Communications. Currently working with Citi Bank with copywriters, UX Architects, and Product Owners on multiple consumer banking experiences for browser and native apps.

 

Graphic and UI Designer – Canada/North America

Contiki Holidays (The Travel Corporation) – December 2017 to April 2018

Leading the Canadian creative department for all customer acquisition and partner comunications. Conceptualizing, art directing and producing all assets across print and digital mediums for all travel discount and destination partner campaigns.

  • Designed all aspects of 8 campaign cycles for consumer and trade including but not limited to emails, banner ads, landing pages, promotional flyers for direct consumer and trade, website creative tiles, campus and transit printed and digital ad posters, etc.

 

 

Lead Designer & Front-End Developer

ideaLEVER Solutions Inc – (June 2011 to October 2017) 6 yrs 5 mo.

In house experience design, Art Direction, and Production Lead for CMS websites and eCommerce stores for consumer products and services. Producing digital designs and implementing into a CMS. Consulting and creative direction and strategy for custom projects with complex features.

Awards:
  • Finalist / Web Design / 2014 The Redgees BC & Yukon Region
  • Finalist for Best Corporate website / 2013 Georgie Awards
  • Winner / Best Marketing Project / 2013 CHBACI Keystone Awards

 

Lead Designer

iceni data – (August 2016 to 2018)

Lead the design direction for the Product Launch of this new Web Application for Charities and Non-Profits.

  • Conceiving and executing a brand and identity.
  • Creating the UX/UI design of the product website and application interface.
  • Executing the front-end imlpementation of the web application
  • Assisting with UX planning of reporting dashboards and new features
  • Researching and implementing best practices for on-boarding prospects
  • Producing print ephemera for maketing at conferences for leads on the beta program

Other Work Experience

Head Coach (Interim)

Kamloops Sunrays Synchro Swim Club  (June 2013 – July 2014)

Previous: Competitive Coach (Sep 2010 - May 2013)
Post: Assistant Head Coach (Jul 2014 - Aug 2015) and Competitive Coach at BC Aquasonics (Sept 2015 - Sept 2017)

Continuing the growth and development of the athletic programs from the local recreational, to masters, to provincial and national competitive level synchronized swimming programs in Kamloops, BC. Coached kids from ages 5 - 19. Displayed a high level of organizational skills in programming, scheduling, practice planning, leading a coaching team and guiding a new club executive.

Highlights
  • Obtained status as a Carded High Performance Coach with Pacific Sport Interior
  • Working towards Competition Development Certification, expected 2018
  • Over two dozen medalists across the provincial and national stream levels including 2 provincial championship winning teams, solos, and duets
  • Placed 1 athlete on Team BC for Canada Winter Games in 2014/2105
  • Guest coach for Team BC for Canada WInter Games selection cycle in 2014
Awards
  • 2014 Club Coach of the Year / Kamloops Synchro
  • 2014 Coaching Bursary Award / Synchro BC
  • 2015 Club Coach of the Year / Kamloops Synchro

 

Education

Digital Art & Design Diploma

Thompson Rivers University (Graduated April 2011)

Highlights:
  • Recipient of the Mitchell Zawaduk Memorial Digital Arts Bursary
  • Deans list for academic achievement