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Erica Schoonmaker

Erica Schoonmaker

Mid-level Web/UI Designer / Mid-level Product Designer / 7 yrs

San Francisco, CA

Hello, I'm a interdisciplinary designer and I am passionate about clean, semantic code and accessibility alongside gorgeous typography and responsive design. I also dabble in letterpress printing as a hobby. I specialize in web, UI, product, and visual design across desktop and mobile-devices.
Work History
  • November 2015 - Present

    UI/UX Designer (Games)

    CBS Interactive

    Web and UI/UX design for Gamespot.com, Giantbomb.com, and Comicvine.com
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  • June 2009 - Present

    Principal Designer

    Design by Erica

    • Worked both remotely and locally with clients to create web experiences and/or print materials tailored specifically to their needs including blog sites, corporate sites, business cards, wedding stationary, postcards, and posters
    • Designed websites from intial concepting phase to live release
    • Coded with the latest web technologies including HTML5 and CSS3
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  • July 2013 - August 2014

    Visual Designer

    VMware

    Worked on the mobile & web versions of Socialcast.

    https://socialcast.com
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  • May 2011 - February 2013

    Senior Visual Designer

    Livefyre

  • March 2011 - May 2011

    Visual Designer

    Stipple

    • Redesigned the marketing website (including landing pages for all products), sign-up and log-in flows, and the dashboards and UI for 3 of the 4 products (Network, Want, and Lens)
    • Redesigned the UI and visual look of Stipple javascript’s “Dot Display,” which appears on hundreds of publisher sites such as People.com, TMZ, TooFab, and Live Fast Magazine
    • Collaborated with UX designer and project manager on UI decisions
    • Worked directly with the engineering team during the coding and iteration process
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  • June 2010 - March 2011

    Web Designer

    Ngmoco:)

    • Designed marketing creative for several games including WeRule, WeFarm, Touch Pets Dogs, Touch Pets Cats, WeDoodle, Godfinger, and WeCity to be used in online ad campaigns
    • Responsible for creating new designs for loading screens and other marketing materials to advertise weekly WeRule, WeFarm, and WeCity content releases and sales
    • Designed and coded full websites for several games such as Adventure Bay and We Doodle using Wordpress 3 as a content management system, HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript
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  • October 2008 - June 2009

    Creative Director

    Dollars & Sense Magazine

    • Managed a staff of approximately 14 student designers, photographers, and illustrators
    • Oversaw meetings and the design process, communicating ideas with the design team, journalists, and faculty advisers
    • Set guidelines for overall look of magazine, including paragraph styles, header styles, grids and margins
    • Inspected design proofs for needed corrections and worked with designers to implement them
    • Designed logo treatment, table of contents, running heads, and various articles
    • Prepared and proofed final documents for printing
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  • September 2008 - December 2008

    Graphic Design Intern

    Grosset & Dunlap/PSS! (Penguin Group)

    • Prepared and edited mock-ups for book interiors and covers for presentation or approval
    • Assisted paper engineer in cutting out and setting up mock-ups for pop-up book spreads
    • Researched stock photography and illustrators/artists for book cover and internal artwork
    • Designed within style guides for licenses and TV/movie tie-ins
    • Processed returns of original and sample artwork
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  • June 2008 - August 2008

    Graphic Design Intern

    American Red Cross of Greater Chicago

    • Supported entire chapter by creating flyers, banners, cards, and invitations for chapter events and internal clients
    • Designed all marketing collateral (including a 20-page booklet) for the annual golf outing
    • Designed all marketing collateral (including a monthly e-newsletter) for the Run Red team
    • Rebranded the Chapter’s Blog and Myspace pages and created web ads and newsletters
    • Followed all brand standards and worked within timeline and budget restraints
    • Functioned as head designer when supervisor was absent
    • Troubleshot Mac computer problem
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  • July 2007 - May 2008

    Web/Graphic Designer

    Carolyn Dempsey Design Inc

    • Created original concept and design for company website
    • Color-edited and cropped company photos for web gallery, advertisements, and portfolios
    • Acquired permissions for photo use in ads and web design from photographers
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  • April 2006 - November 2007

    Transaction Specialist

    Apple Inc.

    • Ensured the highest level of customer service in accordance with Apple sales training
    • Communicated with customers by answering their questions and assisting them with products
    • Achieved recognition for expertise in product knowledge two years in a row
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  • September 2006 - May 2007

    Project Assistant for Podcasti

    Baruch Computing & Technology Center

    • Aided students with podcasting projects related to their coursework
    • Edited audio and video for online publication and streaming
    • Designed weblog templates for use with Blojsom blog software
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Education
  • San Francisco Center for the Book

    2010 - 2010
  • CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies

    2005 - 2009