Michele Terese is an enthusiastic hands-on design lead seeking opportunities to deliver exceptional user-centered products with a growing, execution-oriented team.
- Design Thinking
- Concept Development
- Qual & Quant Testing
- Design Systems
- Rapid Prototyping
- Product Strategy
- Public Speaking
- Design Operations
- Team Leadership
- Lean UX
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- Microsoft Office
- Chrome DevTools
Lead Product Designer, Zaplabs
Sept 2017 (Current)
Lead Designer of real estate consumer products. Responsible for team of 5 designers, including hiring, team skills training, and performance management.
- - Collaborated with department leaders across engineering, product, operations.
- - Active contributor to product vision & strategy as member of the product leadership team.
- - Championed notable efforts, such as Mobile First & Design Principles, in presentations to the company at all hands, strategic business partners, and executive corporate leadership.
- Notable Projects: DLUX Design System. Established a collaborative, iterative design process. Provided ongoing team training for best practices of rapid prototyping with Lean UX, responsive design, quantitative and usability testing, and development handoff.
Lead Product Designer,Tripping.com
June 2015 - Mar 2017
Established first UI system, human-centered design/research processes, and brand guidelines. Driving force behind creative projects across product, marketing, and brand as a solo designer while overhauling an outdated and buggy user experience.
Notable Projects: 2.0 Search Redesign: improved conversion on Mobile by over 20%, with features supporting 2.5MM MAU. Instant Booking Prototype: used to raise 34MM in Series C.
Lead Product Designer, Accomplice.io
Mar 2014 - Feb 2015
Managed team of front end engineers and designers. Lead the concept development, IA, and implementation phases of all product features. Strategic hiring and close collaboration with founders/leadership on product strategy.
Notable Projects: Managed pivotal creative rebrand.
UX Designer, The Hunt
Sept 2012 - Oct 2013
Acquired by Pinterest in Dec. 2015. End-to-end design from planning through implementation for testing and optimization of core features, support iOS launch in early 2013, and contributed to branding and marketing efforts.
Notable Projects: Drove new user sign-ups from 2% to 6%, from 8,000 to 1.2MM MAU in 6mo.
SCAD —Savannah College of Art & Design
Graduated June 2011
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Advertising Design
Seth Godin's altMBA is a month-long course to hyperfocus entrepenuers in a collaborative, constructive online program oriented on teamwork and mutual accountability.
Project-based consulting on: brand, product strategy, UI/UX, and social media marketing for start ups & small businesses.
The Incorruptibles Charter Member
Community Organizing to elect Ethical Leadership in Government