Axel Kanakan

  • Product Designer
  • San Diego, California, United States
  • Design

Previous positions

  • Contract Interaction Designer/Prototyper at Blend
  • Freelance Visual Designer at Self-Employed

Education

Clark University, Master’s degree, Visual Communications

Public Profile

Background

Summary

axelkanakan.com Product Designer specializing in interaction design and React. Excited about building experiences from the ground up.

Experience

  • Freelance UI/UX Designer

    Self-employed

    July 2018 – Present(1 year 3 months)Greater San Diego Area

  • Contract Interaction Designer/Prototyper

    Blend

    April 2018 – July 2018(3 months)San Francisco Bay Area

  • Freelance Visual Designer

    Self-Employed

    November 2017 – April 2018(5 months)San Francisco Bay Area

    • Produced icons, logos, branding and scalable design systems • Lead product design sprints from lo-fi to prototype with specializing in rapid development and creating reusable UI components

  • Visual Designer

    2U

    September 2013 – September 2017(4 years)San Francisco Bay Area – Remote

    • Produced data visualizations, infographics, illustrations and icons for a wide array of academic fields for various Universities • Assisted in cultivating the design language for all online courses, establishing a distinct brand that was used by Universities such as Harvard and Yale among others. • Responsible for maintaining and updating the work of 25 designers and assuring a quality among all outgoing visuals

  • Lead Graphic Designer

    VizConnect

    March 2013 – December 2013(9 months)Worcester, Massacusetts

    • Specialized in creating custom QR codes for businesses while adhering to established brand style-guide and design languages • Responsible for the creative development, testing and delivery of QR codes for brands such as American Eagle and Westford Inn

Education

  • Clark University

    Master’s degree, Visual Communications

    2012 – 2013

  • Clark University

    Bachelor’s degree, Communication and Media Studies

    2008 – 2012

  • Bloc

    Fullstack Ruby on Rails

    2014 – 2014

Languages

  • French

    Native or bilingual proficiency

  • Japanese

    Elementary proficiency

Skills & Expertise

  • CSS3
  • Product Design
  • Git
  • Graphic Design
  • JavaScript
  • HTML 5
  • Layout Design
  • Illustrator
  • Sketch App
  • User Experience (UX)
  • React.js
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Logo Design
  • User Research
  • Framer X
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Motion Design
  • Web Development
  • jQuery
  • User-centered Design
  • InDesign
  • Abstract
  • Usability Testing
  • Photoshop
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Github
  • Typography
  • Wireframing
  • Microsoft Word
  • Responsive Web Design
  • User Interface Design
  • Web Design

Certifications

  • User Experience (UX): The Ultimate Guide to Usability and UX

    Udemy, License UC-25E4T9DI

    October 2016