Good design is about fulfilling a need and doing it well. We have to be more than designers to create solutions that people want to live with. We bring more than just design know-how to the table. We must be maleable. A great designer takes inspiration from other disciplines/mediums and molds those ideas into impactful design solutions.
For over 3 1/2 years, I've had the wonderful opportunity at ABC News to help shape the digital story experience - across platforms- via cutting-edge product, editorial and visual design.
If you ask my colleagues about my process, they'll tell you that I'm detail oriented and quickly capture what they envision. It's an instinct that allows me to create quickly. I am a good listener, quick to provide concepts, caring of my client's needs while reaching for great design solutions.
I've always been interested in the intersection of art & design and technology & design. I've been in some kind of interdisciplinary role since I graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2002 and digital media has kept me wearing multiple hats. For instance, I worked as a designer who was also a front-end coder, an animator who created texture maps with fine art materials, a video editor who developed a film community site and a senior product designer who researched competitors to illustrate better site user flows and UX to put my company ahead of the competition.
Recently, I helped develop apps for iPhone, Android, iPad, Kindle, Windows 8, Windows 8 mobile, Apple TV, Roku and Xbox One. I also have experience with directing promos for the ABC Times Square Jumbotron and more far-out formats such as planetarium shows.
“Not only is Chris a wonderful communicator and a blast to work with, she's also an incredibly talented UX and visual designer. She took the products I was working on and fully understood how they should be set up for maximum useability while maintaining a sleek and simple style...”
DAVE PINKE, Founder/CEO, WeShould LLC
"Chris and I collaborated very closely while I was on the ABC News digital team. She worked on designs for social media and site-wide campaigns around election season and any type of news imaginable, turning around extremely high quality graphics in often ludicrously short time-frames... Her work told clear, beautifully simple stories with minimal space and together we saw many-an-image get shared by tens of thousands of news consumers...”
DAN MILANO, International Social Media Manager at Dailymotion
"Having worked together at ABC News for a couple years, she has proven to be a great team member. Her strong worth ethic, integrity, and attention to detail are strong assets any team would be lucky to have. In meetings, Chris is the first to throw out bold and refreshing ideas and offer to help in any way. Chris always shows her willingness to try new things and learn from others...”
MA'AYAN ROSENZWEIG, Design Manager, Google