UX Designer

Bio/CV

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HELLO! I'M CHELSEA WATSON

I’m a UX designer, strategic marketing instructor, world traveller and obsessive cat mom.

I have six years of digital agency experience, designing products and strategies for brands such as Blue Shield, AT&T, Visa and Nissan. I'm currently leading projects as a Senior User Experience Designer on the Customer Experience team at Evans Hunt in Calgary, Canada.

I really really love what I do.
(and my cat, I really really love her too)

My online portfolio is almost ready to be shared but, until then, Download my PDF Case Study Package to see some of my recent work.


EXPERIENCE

Senior UX Designer
Evans Hunt
July 2017 - present

I'm fortunate to currently be working with the Customer Experience team at this award-winning digital agency. My current position has allowed me to grow my leadership skills, flex my strategic and creative muscles, and work with a diverse group of clients. So far key projects have included leading UX and content strategy for the DIRTT responsive site redesign, and being integrated into the Alberta Treasury Branch innovation design team to help bring their new digital challenger bank product to life.

Clients: DIRTT, ATB, Brookfield Residential, CUPS, Calgary Economic Development

 

Instructor
Mount Royal University
Mar 2017 - present

In this part-time teaching position, I combine marketing theory with real-world application of concepts to develop course materials, assignments, presentations and lectures for the Marketing & Strategic Communications Certificate program.

Courses: Intro to Marketing & Strategic Communications, Digital Marketing Research

 

Senior UX Architect
Critical Mass
Mary 2014 - June 2017

My time on the User Experience team at Critical Mass saw me leading UX design on numerous web and app projects for global Fortune 500 companies while providing career management, training and performance reviews for junior and intermediate team members. Key projects included leading a four person UX team to redesign the Blue Shield of California member experience, developing detailed workflows and prototypes for numerous experiences within the AT&T mobile and desktop buyflows, and playing a key role in the award-winning redesign of Visa's intranet app and site.

Clients: AT&T, Visa, Blue Shield of California, American College of Education, Big Rock Brewery

 

SEO Analyst
Critical Mass
Oct 2012 - Apr 2014

During my stint in SEO I found my niche by advocating for content driven search engine optimization strategy by refining clients' digital properties to increase value, traffic and conversions while maximizing technical health to enhance user experience and search engine visibility. Key projects included analyzing internal and external search behaviour to develop the content strategy for Nissan's Competitive Advantage, and determining the Citi ThankYou rewards SEO strategy based on an extensive content and technical audit.

Clients: Nissan USA, Infiniti Global, Citibank


THINGS I DO

Wireframing // Prototyping // Sketching // User Flows // Content Models // Information Architecture // User Research & Testing // Digital Strategy // Customer Journeys // Story Mapping // Client Presentations // Competitive & Heuristic Audits // SEO Strategy

THINGS I USE TO DO THE THINGS I DO

Whiteboards // Post-its // Pencil & Paper // Sketch // Omnigraffle // Axure // InVision // Framer // Principle // Keynote // Adobe Creative Cloud // Slack // Trello // Basecamp // Google Drive // Screaming Frog // Google Analytics


SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

MRU Info Design: Women Who Design Panel // Calgary Product Managers: Story Mapping Workshop // Calgary UX: What the Heck is a UX Designer, Anyways?


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Communications, Information Design
Mount Royal University, Calgary AB
2006 - 2010

Intro to Web Development Certificate
Lighthouse Labs, Calgary AB
May - July 2017


VOLUNTEER

In-School Mentor
Big Brothers Big Sisters
2016 - present

Director of Entries
Ad Rodeo Association
2013 - 2016

Judging Sub-Committee
Ad Rodeo Association
2012 - 2013

Art Director
PARK
2011 - 2012