Hi, I am Mikias Lema.

Based in Washington D.C. Metropolitan


a UX designer at work, photographer, and soccer player outside of work. I am based in Washington D.C. Metropolitan.

I’m an open-minded guy with an unconventional approach to design. My specialization comes from Informatics (Human-Computer Interaction). I do several iterations on each point and usually end up refining the one I find most controversial; I love design critiques. I believe my diverse background and skillset gives me a unique edge as it allows me to quickly execute when it comes to shaping meaningful human experiences for screens.

When I'm not designing I enjoy playing soccer, and taking street photographs. I’m constantly evolving, learning, and growing so you can expect that working with me is going to be a fun and exciting ride.✌🏽

“...the design role is the construction of the ‘interspace’ in which people live, rather than an ‘interface’ with which they interact...” — Terry Winograd

Skills

People

  • User Research
  • Persona Creation
  • Semi-Structured Interviews
  • Collaborative
  • Team Player
  • Optimistic
  • Bilingual

Design

  • XD
  • Sketch
  • InVision
  • Figma
  • Illustrator, Photoshop & Lightroom
  • Infomation Architecture
  • Card Sorting
  • Wireframing
  • Prototyping
  • Sketching
  • Cultural Probes
  • Graphic Design

Development

  • JavaScript
  • React
  • jQuery
  • AWS
  • SQL
  • JAVA
  • Git
  • Node
  • R
  • Tableau

Primary skills

Empathy

As a UX designer, I am always approaching problems from a human-centered perspective and intrigued by the psychological behaviors that influence people's actions. I enjoy empathizing with people to enhance their experiences through good inclusive design.

User Research

I usually take a pragmatism approach and recognize the effective methods to use to understand a particular problem. I can effectively analyze data/requirements to have a solid foundation to start the design process from while thinking about  GUI design and implementation feasibility.

Visual Design

I am constantly prototyping an idea using pen and paper. I understand the interdependency of GUI design and visual design; I'm fluent in color theory, typography, and composition which I think are the foundation of any visual design.

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