I’m Ted Kessler, a UX/web designer and multimedia artist with programming experience and a background in healthcare technology from the Bay Area, CA. I recently finished a UX/UI Design certificate program and I’m looking to do some high-quality work for a great company. I found your Web Designer position and I’d love to be considered for the role.
Here is how I specifically align with the responsibilities and desired qualifications (taken from the job description – a check indicates I’ve done it or have that skill):
WEB DESIGNER RESPONSIBILITIES
- Create wireframes or mockups for web pages and applications
- Design layouts for mobile, tablet, and desktop devices
- Create branding and identity systems for websites, apps, and other media
- Design graphics, icons, and logos
- Work with developers to implement visual elements of websites
- Research and evaluate new design trends
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
- Demonstrable graphic design skills
- A strong eye for visual design and composition
- Effective time management skills to meet deadlines
- Ability to solve problems creatively
- Detail oriented
- Knowledge of UI and UX
- Proficiency with publishing tools: Photoshop, Illustrator, Figma (or Sketch).
As shown on my resume, I began designing websites in freelance work and as a contractor with a company called Apollo Future Technologies when I was in high school and college (2011-2014). At this point I was mostly self-taught and largely learning on-the-job. This work involved choosing templates and applying them to websites, writing content, and editing/creating graphics for the websites using Volusion and WordPress content management systems. It also involved setting up and analyzing Google Analytics tracking, building wireframes, A/B testing, site speed analysis, SEO, and SEM on live websites that were selling real products to real customers. I was the fourth employee of Apollo Future Technologies and they had 25+ when I moved on, and they are still around today.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Digital Arts from University of Oregon in 2015. My experience with 3D led me to HeartFlow, a company with a cutting-edge noninvasive cardiac diagnostic tool. I joined when they were a growing startup and now they are in hospitals and clinics worldwide, covering 96% of patients in the US. My work there was deeply analytical and investigative and I became an expert on their product while helping customers (largely physicians and CT technologists).
I left HeartFlow in 2021 — while I enjoyed the work and loved the people I worked with, the work was very rigid and regulated rather than creative, and I wanted to get back to my creative roots. I enrolled in a UX/UI Design bootcamp program to brush up on my design skills and graduated at the end of January 2022. I love UX because it uses all sides of my brain — the deeply analytical side that I had success with at HeartFlow, and the creative side that I have had many other successes with.
Below are links to several UX/UI design projects I’ve done during my UX/UI bootcamp course. I have also built and run this portfolio website and a couple other WordPress sites.
My other work may be of interest as well.