email: stearnslh@gmail.com      |      portfolio: laurenstearns.com      |      phone: 215.262.0567

 

My professional career has always centered around positive interactions with people.  Whether I am facilitating an event or creating a user friendly design my ultimate goal is to make people happy. 

 

 SKILLS 

Design/Research

Affinity Mapping

Competitive Analysis

Content Strategy

Feedback Analysis

Information Architecture

Personas

Rapid Prototyping

Sketching

Task Analysis

Usability Testing

User Interviews

User Flows

User Research

Visual Design

Wireframing (lo/hi-fi)

Tools

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Photoshop

Axure

Bootstrap

HTML & CSS

InVision

JIRA/Confluence

Keynote

Proto.io

Sketch

Social Media

 

Event Experience

Brielle Davis Events

Wedding Coordinator Assitant , Northern Virginia, D.C. , and Maryland   |   May 2017 - present

  • Implement day of ceremony and reception details for clients.
  • Experience working for clients with a variety of budgets.
  • Remain professional in hectic or emotional moments. •
  • Organized and prompt at sticking to wedding timeline.
  • Collaborate with the coordinator, Brielle Davis, prior to and after weddings to enhance future client experience.

Office of Admissions (JMU)

Graphic Design Student Assistant,    Harrisonburg, VA    |    August 2014 – May 2015

  •  Volunteered to work admissions’ open houses and accepted students days throughout the year. Led informal information tables as well as formal presentations in the admissions office.
  • Created and updated marketing materials for open houses, tours, and presentations.
  • Projects consisted of event signage, logo design, brochures, tour manuals, keynotes and apparel.

University Program Board (JMU)

Ad & Design Chair and Director of Special Events,    Harrisonburg, VA    |    Chair: August 2014- May 2015/ Director: April 2013- May 2014

Director of Special Events

  • Led weekly committee meetings and produced two on-campus events each month. My responsibilities included developing contracts for hired entertainment professionals and facilitating the event planning process from brainstorming to implementation.

Ad & Design Chair

  • Created print, web and social media designs for large venue concerts on campus. I worked with managers and artist representatives of Big Sean, X Ambassadors, MAGIC!, The Mowgli’s and Grizfolk.
 

UX/Design Experience

MBO Partners 

UX Designer ,  Herndon VA     |    July 2016 - present

  • Collaborate daily with visual designers and product managers to develop engaging mobile and desktop products. The team operates in an Agile workflow and supports iterative and user centric design.
  • My deliverables include competitive analysis, usability test plans, findings reports, and wireframes (lo/hi-fi).


USA Today Network/Gannett Co.

Associate UX Architect ,  McLean, VA     |    June 2015- July 2016

  • Created UX deliverables for a variety of platforms including Amazon Echo, virtual reality, video assets and subscription forms on USA Today and the USA Today network (local papers) websites.
  • Finalist in the 2015 Gannett Innovation lab where our team pitched a new music app that had an anticipated launch in Nashville, TN.

Discovery Communications

Design/Marketing Intern,   Silver Spring, MD    |    January 2015 – May 2015

  • Worked on a selected team comprised of seven JMU students.
  • Created marketing collatoral for the Discovery Family channel.

Digital Communication Consulting Center (JMU)

Media Fellow (Tutor),    Harrisonburg, VA    |    August 2014 – May 2015

  • Led e-Portfolio workshops and presentations in the College of Education.
  • Assisted students as a tutor in the classroom and during consultation hours. As a tutor, I collaborated with a small team to promote and enhance the center’s goals and services.

Square 2 Marketing

Graphic Design Intern,    Warrington, PA    |    June 2013- August 2013 & May 2014- August 2014

  • Developed website designs, infographics, and brochures. I assisted with Hubspot software in website production and participated in marketing strategy meetings.

EDUCATION

James Madison University (JMU)

Harrisonburg, VA | May 2015

School of Media Arts and Design

Major: B.S. in Converged Media

Minor: Art (Graphic Design)

Cumulative GPA: 3.60

Deans List: 2012-2015

 

 

General Assembly

Washington, D.C.    |    September 2015 – December 2015

10-week part time user experience (UX) classes. The course included 48 hours of instruction covering the fundamentals of user experience design, user research