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Greetings! I am Michelle Pakron-UX strategist and designer for web and mobile projects, located in Houston, TX, formerly of New Orleans. A UX generalist with specialties in project leadership and UI design, I am experienced in: user research, strategy, analysis, interaction design, visual design, user testing and training, content writing, front end web development, and Agile SCRUM.
I am the strategic and creative force behind several award-winning projects, most notably the official state website of Mississippi, ms.gov. I have 10 years of experience working on a corporate intranet team in a multi-faceted role as team lead and UX/UI designer. I currently work as a Senior UX Analyst & Designer creating experiences with a focus on web and mobile for a financial services firm. Before that, I was the Director of Creative Content/SharePoint for Mississippi Interactive, the egov partner for the state of Mississippi, where my day job consisted of designing and building user experiences for web sites, applications, and mobile apps for the state and its agencies.
I studied biology, psychology and graphic design at the University of New Orleans. I consider myself first and foremost a researcher and professional problem solver. My background in science informs everything that I do and how I approach problems. I enjoy research, asking questions, and finding new ways to solve client and user needs.
Though I am not a programmer, I have worked with very talented web and mobile developers capable of taking my strategic and creative visions and applying them to complex, database-driven websites, applications and mobile apps. I understand enough about programming to intelligently design applications that are actually possible to code, and I work with programmers, rather than against them.
I love UX as a field because it encompasses so many different tools, techniques, and sub-disciplines. The opportunities for learning are endless and I am firmly dedicated to constant learning and growth. I am currently studying persuasive design and design thinking with a focus on integrating these concepts into my daily work as my team embarks on a massive site-wide redesign. As part of my commitment to learning I have attained UX certifications from Human Factors International as well as the Nielsen Norman Group (Human Factors International, License # 2015-5485).
mpakron at gmail