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Cris Almanza | Design Portfolio

Design Strategist and Leader

My strengths are design leadership and strategy. I have experience leading 2 different types of design teams in different industries (advertising and mobile app design). I enjoy leading and mentoring teams to help them become the best designers they can be. I also believe in the power of effective processes while always looking for ways to improve.

I thrive in leading workshops for multi-disciplinary teams to achieve collaborative ideation for business innovation. I have 7+ years of management experience and 14+ years of design experience.

DESIGN THINKING PHILOSOPHY

Design thinking tests hypothesis and measures outcomes like the scientific method of business. I believe applying Human Centered Design improves real people’s lives, and that multi-disciplinary teams create more creative and effective solutions through design facilitation. A good design process provides clarity to generate solid strategic direction for any project. Good design solves real problems and keeps evolving until it does.

My Workflow/Design Process

1. Understand the Issues

2. Identify Possible Solutions

3. Execute the Best Ideas

4. Iterate With Feedback and Data

Speaking and Facilitation

I have a passion for human-centered design and empowering multi-disciplinary teams to design together.

My expertise is in facilitating user experience strategy through discovery workshops, information architecture, presentations, user flows, journey mapping, and visual design consultation. I also enjoy giving presentations on design, culture, and process for clients, creative professionals, and all audiences.

Live Samples of My Work

Leadership Skills

  • Creative Direction
  • Process Implementation
  • Management & Team Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Usability Consultation
  • Collaborative Design Facilitation
  • Employee Development
  • Digital Advertising
  • Visual Identity Development
  • Recruiting and Onboarding
  • Product Management

Design Skills

  • UX Strategy
  • Collaborative Ideation
  • Prototyping
  • Wireframes
  • User Flows
  • Leading Discovery
  • User Research
  • Usability Testing
  • A/B Testing
  • Visual Design
  • Project Management

Tool Experience

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • WordPress
  • Axure
  • UXPin
  • InVision
  • Sketch
  • Atomic
  • Keynote
  • Jira

User Experience Case Studies

Student UX
C University App
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Site Architecture Update
Information architecture improvement for website
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UX/UI Lead
Relaunching the local news app experience.
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