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I make and verify hypotheses by creating and breaking solutions until reaching users’ delight and company’s vision.

make and verify hypotheses by creating and breaking

solutions until reaching users’ delight and company’s vision.



My name is Mikias (mee-kee-as). I'm a UX/UI designer currently based in Alexandria, Virginia. My main area of focus today is on user experience, digital products, and interfaces.

🎨 I'm deeply fascinated by various types of design, from beautifully polished UI to carefully decorated interiors and lovely filmed shots. I take multiple attempts to refine each aspect of my work, focusing on the most contentious areas. My goal is to create meaningful and effective human experiences for screens and beyond. Every project I work on aims to be highly functional, performant, and expertly crafted.

👨🏽‍💻 I'm also a front-end dev by night and love learning new things, with ReactJS, and visual builders like Webflow. I like the idea of crafting every pixel of my creations, both in design and code, like this portfolio. When I'm not designing I enjoy taking street photographs, being immersed in other designers' work, and playing soccer. I’m always happy to talk about design, its bridges with code, and/or exchange ideas on why and how things should be done. I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”

— Albert Einstein

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

My Process

Empathy

From a human-centered perspective and intrigued by the psychological behaviors that influence peoples' actions, I empathize with people to enhance their specific digital experiences through
good inclusive design.

Discovery

I analyze data, customer needs, and business requirements to find solutions and understand who we are helping and why. By doing so, we gain valuable insights that we can act on and determine the scope of the solution.

Visual Design

I'm swiftly wireframing and prototyping an idea to validate a solution based on insights. I focus on the solution's usability, as well as its representation and messaging through color, typography, composition, and interaction.

Front End

I am passionate about implementing solutions and translating designs into functional code. The goal is to achieve a pixel-perfect translation by closely operating with developers to address any front-end and accessibility concerns.

"I believe in the process but even more in the relationships we build and strengthen along the way between companies, teams, and end-users, all as humans."

Let's build together

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