Stephen Gehring - UX Designer

Summary

I design thoughtful websites, untangle UX snags, and create an intuitive user experience.

With 20 years experience in web design, graphic design, and marketing, I’m a focused UI/UX Designer and Front-End Web Developer. Through elegant, efficient and thoughtful designs, I help companies reach larger audiences. By thinking strategically about how a program will evolve, I create dynamic and adaptable design architecture.

Core Qualifications

  • Creative Direction
  • Presenting Design Solutions
  • Information Architecture
  • Wire framing
  • Prototyping
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Performance Management
  • Design Documentation

Career Narrative

MarkLogic Portland, OR 2013 To Present Senior Brand and Creative Manager

I serve as creative director for MarkLogic’s marketing functions, and lead the company’s visual branding strategy.

  • Consult executive team or stakeholders to devise a design, project and technical strategy to reach target audiences, satisfy timelines and achieve, project goals
  • Collaborate with the executive team to prioritize projects, arrive at critical design decisions, and create brand guidelines
  • Create guidelines and documentation for communicating brand to company, standardizing procedures and harmonizing approaches across departments
  • Visualize design solutions through wireframing, sketching, prototyping and oversee design execution
  • Create guidelines and documentation for communicating the MarkLogic brand, standardizing procedures and harmonizing approaches across departments

Key Achievements

  • Developed 2017 MarkLogic Brand Aesthetic, MarkLogic Branding & UI Design, Created a design to improve MarkLogic Website Navigation
  • Mentored interns and junior employees to teach everything from design fundamentals to more advanced user experience/graphic design. Several of the people I’ve mentored are now full-time designers at MarkLogic’s or have grown to be invaluable assets to MarkLogic’s team
  • WordPress websites to support English, German, Japanese, and French-language content. Facilitated deployment into German, Japanese, and French markets by building technical case for translation management and negotiating with vendors
  • Collaborated with managers and directors to create consistent project backlog, prioritize sprints, determine resource requirements, assess staffing needs, and delegate accordingly
  • Successfully lead projects to update and create a more cohesive corporate assets such as PowerPoint presentations, website design, application design, icons, and diagrams

Jive Software Portland, OR 2013 To Present Web Developer

  • Spearheaded four-person Development team to migrate previous “reactive” environment to an “agile” environment. I organized work and promoted agile approaches to efficiently manage project economics
  • Participated in marketing project management, supporting marketing and product launch campaigns and website rebranding initiatives
  • Collaborated with the IT team to implement a WordPress solution that scaled to meet enterprise requirements, within budgets and timelines. Requirments included failover planing to ensure 100% up time
  • Changed website’s proprietary front-end framework to foundation framework, enabling access from mobile and other devices
  • Worked with marketing team to migrate marketing automation systems from Eloqua to Marketo, improving lead management tracking

eMeter (A Siemens Business) Portland, OR 2013 To Present Senior Creative/Online Manager

  • Prototyped user interface for new smart meter used to aggregate data collected from users and report data to utility customers
  • Built extended analytics for utility customer using customers’ capabilities, enhancing interest and driving customer investment into pilot application
  • Developed and managed CSS, JavaScript, PHP, WordPress, and MySQL for eMeter website
  • Devised visual branding and design strategies, presentation keynotes, event signage, and corporate collateral for eMeter

Serena Software Hillsboro, OR 2008 To 2010 and 1999 To 2007 Senior Web Designer

  • Led production, modification, and maintenance of websites and web application user interfaces, leveraging expertise in Flash animation, logo design, promotion design, landing page design, advertisement design, project management, interface design for corporate website and web applications, and CSS, JavaScript, ASP, and ActionScript development
  • Participated in series of eight rebranding efforts, significantly impacting entire promotional face of company by updating logos, print materials, and overall website appearance
  • Provided design, front-end development, and content management support for marketing websites

Art Shows & Commissions

  • Lara Sydney Framing Gallery: – Portland OR, Oct 2018
  • Surfrider Oregon Summer Soiree – Portland OR, July 2018
  • Vinceties Restaurant – Portland OR, July 2004
  • Irish Bank Restaurant/Bar – Portland OR, July 1999

Education and Professional Development

  • Bachelor Of Arts: Graphic Design, West Virginia Wesleyan, Buckhannon, WV
  • Professional Development: GitHub and Git Foundations, MarkLogic Application Developer I, Developing MarkLogic Applications I – Xquery, Teamtreehouse.com Full Stack JavaScript Development, Thinkful.com Front End Development Teamtreehouse.com Swift Basics
  • Technology & Tools: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Google Analytics, GitHub, WordPress, Smartling, Jira Agile, Marketo, Balsamiq, Pantone Color Manager, Mac OS, MS Office
  • Languages: CSS, SASS, LESS, Full Stack JavaScript, GULP, GRUNT, NPM, HTML, SVG, PHP, Bootstrap, Zurb Foundation, Git/Github, Shell Script, XML, MySQL, JSON, Commandline, Emmet