First, a little bit about me
I’m Rosie Sycks, a multidisciplinary designer. I am currently living in Atlanta and studying Media and Interaction Design at Georgia Tech (go jackets).
I am passionate about art, design thinking, innovation, social equity, R&B music, and increasing inclusivity in the tech community.
I love design + people. I combine these two things by creating engaging digital experiences for humans. That’s why I created this visual “cover letter” instead of writing a boring one.
Why Should You Hire Me?
I am passionate about and skilled at UX/UI design. I thrive in situations where I am able to collaborate with others and work on teams. There is nothing more exciting to me than a group sticky-note brainstorming session! I am empathetic—I take the time to really understand my users needs and painpoints. I solve problems. When I am frustrated with something, I design a solution instead of complaining or accepting the situation as it is. I prioritize research! I thoroughly believe research is one of the key pillars of creating good designs. Good designs, to me, are useful, usable, and desirable. This is what I strive to create with my work.
Here are some of the projects, internships, and roles that have allowed me to learn, grow, and aquire design and leadership skills...
I previously interned at SPANX where I assisted the UX and E-commerce teams in an initiative to raise the conversion rate on spanx.com by 30%. At Spanx, I gained experience designing PDPs and landing pages, creating UX modules, and conducting user research. I even created and pitched a working prototype of a new chat bot messanger to improve the online shopping experience.
I am fascinated by designing for mobile environments. It feels like solving a puzzle: trying to effectively say everything that needs to be said but in such a small amount of space. At Spanx, I re-designed the mobile check-out experience, shortening it by 3 steps.
I design with empathy and intentionality. To quote professor and designer, Lisa Babb, ”Nobody should design without empathy.”
In order to empathize, I get to know my users. One of my favorite projects to work on was Type 1 Ally, an app to help Type 1 Diabetics improve their relationship with food and body image through macro-focused nutrition tracking, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and community support. I spent majortiy of project timeline researching my users’ pain points and needs.
After conducting research and really getting to know my users, I was able to start building out the app. I used Sketch to create wireframes and InVision to bring them to life.
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I design to solve problems. A problem I noticed many of my friends to be facing involved Instgram’s current feed/homepage.
The Problem Instagram’s current feed design is unable to meet the needs of individual users. While some users may want to view memes in their feed, others might want to see pictures of family and friends. But what if a user wants to see memes sometimes and pictures of family othertimes? Instagram’s current feed design does not allow for the filtering or organization of content need to meet the needs of their multi-faceted users.
My SolutionI designed a new Instagram feature that allows users to create and organize personalized ‘feeds’ that match their different interests and motives. Users can group the accounts they follow into different feeds tailored to the type of content they want to view. This design allowed me create with a ‘one-size-fits-one’ solution even though Instagram’s platform serves billions of users.
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I prioritze research. While working as the product manager for SOUS, a voice user interface product, I really dug deep into user research. I conducted in situ research, user dialog research, usability testing (hello, wizard of oz prototyping!), and lots and lots of interviews.
SOUS is a voice user interface that guides students in safely and effectively using their dorm kitchens & making healthy food choices. As the team’s project manager, I controlled the road map of the project, from ideation to our final pitch. After the end-of-semester pitch, I went on to design high-fidelity wireframes for the SOUS app to practice my UX/UI skills.
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I mentioned earlier that I love designing for people. I also love working with other people. In a typical team project, my strengths lie in ideation, creation, and innovation. When a teammate is stuck, I love helping brainstorm new ideas and solutions. I also love bringing my teammates ideas to life with my technical design skills. I am passionate about progess and am a catalyst for innovation when my team hits a slump. Not exactly a “resume skill” but I am also great cheering others up︎
I am currently spending my time collaborating with PMs, engineers, and fellow designers over at Bits Of Good where we create powerful web apps for local non-profits.
I am on the Live2BGirl team, creating a positive and encouraging social media platform to combat the negative impact of social media on young women.
- UX/UI Design
- User Research
- Visual Design
- Layout Design
People & Management
- Project Management
- Public Speaking
- Scrum/Agile Methodologies
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Google Suite
- Microsoft Office
- Familiarity with Java, Python, & HTML/CSS