Heather Ford

Work

Resume

I teach and coordinate the User Experience program for the Department of Interactive Media within the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts at Bradley University. I have been a professional in this industry with fifteen years of fine art, digital creative, and UI/UX experience in the commercial and academic sectors. I am highly experienced in applying methodologies of user experience design and research to website, mobile, and product development. I have created user flow diagrams, paper prototypes, wireframes, and mockups for interactive media. I have been a designer for a number of Fortune 500 clients. I have worked on projects for companies such as Disney, Maui Jim, AbbVie, Nike, the Government, and Home Depot, utilizing a user-centered design approach. I am also a co-author of "Mastering Mobile Learning: Tips and Techniques for Success" and has been a speaker for Nielsen Norman Group. She is currently a graduate student at Bradley University pursuing her Master's degree in Visual Communications within the Art and Design Department.

Bradley University – UI/UX Instructor and Designer 2017

I teach and coordinate the User Experience program for the Department of Interactive Media within the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts at Bradley University.

Education

Bradley University - MFA Design and Visual Communications, GPA: 4.0, Dean's List, President's List, Expected graduation 2021 ––– Illinois Institute of Art – BFA, Bachelors of Fine Arts: Visual Communications, GPA: 4.0, Dean's List, President's List, The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Member

Float and The Iona Group – Designer 2005-2017

Designed interactive web, wearable and mobile projects, along with company branding and marketing collateral. Also produced art using design software for visual communication media including (but not limited to) print, video and web media.

Herald and Review – Graphic Designer and Illustrator 2003-2005

Created and conceptualized entire monthly magazine design, illustration, and layout.

Nielsen Norman Group Online Speaker

"Beyond Screens: Designing for Augmented Reality and Emerging Technologies"

Whitepaper

"Developing Enterprise Mobility Systems Through Human-Centered Design"

Publication

"Mastering Mobile Learning: Tips and Techniques for Success" Book (Accompanying author)

Certification

IDEO Human Centered Design Certification

Recognitions and Conferences

| Speaker at the UX Research Design Summtt 2019 | NASA Suits UX Design, 2019 | Adobe MAX Attendee, 2007 | Eyeo Festival Attendee, 2014 | NNG, Nelson Norman Group, Attendee 2014, 2015 and 2016 | How Design Conference Attendee, 2006, 2011, 2017 | Addy Awards for The Iona Group and Float (Lead Designer) | Adobe Level 1 Certified in Final Cut Studio Pro | Adobe Skin to Win Challenge Winner

Testimonials

"I appreciate the talent and energy you bring to our company each and every day. I am very glad that you are a strong and talented part of the team."

by Manager

"I love this! Colors, graphics, drop down, and swipe functions are awesome. This was a hit among associates I shared with."

by Client

"This is just beautiful. :) Seriously! Great work on the original UI designs!



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by Client