Hey, I'm Arlin
I'm an Austin, TX-based designer and empathizer trying to figure out the best exposure on my camera one perfectly failed photo at a time.
While I enjoy the complexity of planning for the best course of action, I thrive at skillfully conquering obstacles along my journey to completing a project.
Currently, I'm focused on joining a design team that puts process, analytical user testing, and dogs-in-the-workplace at the forefront. Bonus points are given to any company who aims at improving our community through social interaction and branded content.
In my spare time I run a Stationery company full of my doodles and watercolors. I am also working on a fitness lifestyle brand with some weightlifting pals.
As an avid watcher of the Great British Bake-Off, I've learned that one must have a recipe for success. My recipe, or process, consists of 7 steps. When perfectly blended with my design skills, I have found a successful bake with every project I get to put my eye on.
1 | Brief
Communicate & listen to project objectives from the client or project managers perspective
Create a shared understanding with stakeholders
Secure a roadmap
2 | Understand
Use curiosity to guide exploration & broaden current understanding
Further relationships with stakeholders in pursuit of a solution, not just project creation
Survey data and users for pain points and perspective
3 | Research
frame the problem while building a solution
Develop user journeys and product framework
Collaborate with colleagues to review findings
Establish a system for feedback and iteration
4 | Develop
create solutions & test till success
Lo to high fidelity prototyping
Internal vetting of concept
Highlight the need for empathy when testing with users
5 | Iterate
review feedback and adjust solutions to align with project goals
Review user & stakeholder feedback
When needed, adjust roadmap & timetables
6 | Implement
Prepare specifications and workflows with dev-ops in mind
Finalize deliverables for development
Package high fidelity assets
7 | Evolve
communicate transparently for future exploration
Establish follow up protocol
Create a document of findings and/or case study for the project
With the framework laid out, I use these design skills
to communicate and share understanding.