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COLLEEN STAFFORD

USER EXPERIENCE DESIGNER

welcome

I am an immensely passionate web and mobile UX designer that creates usable, responsive interface design, that is nice to look at and easy to use.

Whether cooking up attractive, user-centered web layouts, or turning designs into lean & clean HTML+CSS, my method is the same: create elegant solutions that deliver rewarding experiences.

I love to learn and am currently addicted to Team Treehouse, specifically the JavaScript and JQuery tracks.

what's going on right now

I am currently working my eighth year as the lead designer for the News & Observer where my main focus is on web design and site architecture from concept to completion.

Other responsibilities include designing iPhone and Android apps, online and email advertising creation and supporting regional newspapers, including the Charlotte Observer and Rock Hill Herald.

download my full resume (pdf)

WEB AND INTERACTIVE
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PRINT & LOGO DESIGN

DDBC

RedHouse Photography

NC Insider

HS Community Band

Freelance

PROCESS

PLAN AND RESEARCH

The first step is to learn about the project goals and objectives, as well as any other relevant information. This includes extensive research and brainstorming.

WIREFRAME

I then begin creating schematics and wireframing out the designs, giving careful thought to layout, interactions and content structure. The next step is delving into Illustrator to finalise the wireframes to ensure a great user experience.

DESIGN

Taking the carefully crafted wireframes & userflows into consideration, I start to flesh out the user interface in Photoshop until I'm happy with it. Then it's the time for little tweaks until the client is as well.

DEVELOP

Here's the really fun part. Taking those designs and using my frontend skills to make them awesome. Whether it be a quick static site, a large-scale blog, or even a content-managed site - it's going to work extremely well.

ABOUT

PHOTOSHOP + ILLUSTRATOR + HTML5 + CSS3 + WORDPRESS

Originally from Van Buren, Arkansas. Love bargain shopping & couponing. Enjoy a good book and cruising, preferably simultaneously. Currently live in Cary with my husband and two little girls - the cutest blondie and redhead. And I'm not biased at all.

CARY, NC