Minh Nguyen

  • Product (UX/UI) Design Lead
  • San Diego, California, United States
  • Design

Previous positions

  • Principal Product Designer at Experian
  • Co-Owner at Halogen Lab

Education

San Diego State University-California State University, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Graphic Design

Background

Summary

For more than 15 years I’ve worked at boutique agencies, large companies and now primarily as a consultant. My mentors and the industry have built my skills, experiences, and values. I strive to be creative, collaborative, empathetic and up-to-date on trends. We can listen to the customer and balance their needs with that of the business. Regardless of experience, I believe in designing without ego. Being effective means knowing that there is a time and place for leading the creative process as well as a time when the same person must do production work to help the team. Note: My linkedin profile is not a complete list of my work experience, skillsets or clients.

Experience

  • Product Design Lead / Consultant

    Self-Employed

    January 2018 – Present(1 year 9 months)

    Some of my clients include: Assurance, Jacoby & Meyers, Tyme, and Innov8 The work I’m currently doing: • Creative Direction • Lead UX research and synthesis • Create and/or Evolve Design Systems • Design products from Low to High Fidelity • Create prototypes for Stakeholder Reviews and Dev Handoffs • Managed and Lead Design Teams • Mentor Associate, Mid-Tier and Senior Designers • Currently focused on Saas for desktop/laptops and iOS/Android Apps for mobile and wearables

  • Principal Product Designer

    Experian

    July 2017 – April 2019(1 year 9 months)

    Lead Designer on 2 of 3 Product Lines • UX Research / Synthesis / Wireframing / Prototyping • UI Design • Participating and assisting in the growth and development of team members

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  • Co-Owner

    Halogen Lab

    December 2004 – December 2017(13 years)San Diego

    Co-founded design agency responsible for clients such as La Jolla Playhouse, Jack in the Box, Sammy’s Woodfire Pizza and Surf Rider Foundation. • Managed and kept client relationships • Improved client metrics through UX research and execution • Managed and mentored between 2 to 3 employees at a time • Conceptualize, design and execute web and iOS/Android app experiences

  • Product Designer / Sr. Visual Designer

    Renovate America

    June 2014 – July 2017(3 years 1 month)San Diego

    Visual and Product Design for both Marketing and Product Team at Renovate America. • App Design (UX / UI) for iOS / Android / and Web • Responsive Web Design • Motion Graphics • Comunication between RA and Outside Agencies

    Recommendations (4)
  • Web Designer

    Sony Electronics

    February 2007 – May 2014(7 years 3 months)

    Joined the Sony team to develop their Flash and video experience and inherited more responsibilties over time. • Designed and developed 120 flash based mini-sites • Added Omniture tracking to flash sites • Created video promotions for Marketing • Responsible for converting and uploading videos to MPX • Took on additional role as product & event photographer

    Recommendations (1)
  • Web Designer

    E-Factor

    November 2006 – February 2007(3 months)San Diego, California

    • Flash Designer and Developer • Photoshop and Flash/AS2

  • Web Designer

    CBS Sports / CSTV

    August 2006 – November 2006(3 months)Carlsbad, California

    Contracted by CBS Sports to meet with clients and create websites based on their needs. • Designed websites for various colleges and universities • Designed promotional print material • Developed Photoshop Actions that saved the team 4 to 5 hours of work per week

Education

  • San Diego State University-California State University

    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Graphic Design

    2000 – 2004

  • Serra High School

    High School Diploma

    1996 – 2000

Languages

  • English

    Native or bilingual proficiency

  • Vietnamese

    Native or bilingual proficiency

Skills & Expertise

  • Canon DSLR
  • Product Design
  • ActionScript
  • Leadership
  • Graphic Design
  • CSS
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Information Architecture
  • Sketch
  • Creative Direction
  • Gala Dinners
  • Photography
  • Wire Framing
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Web Development
  • Tower Erection
  • Paranormal Romance
  • User-centered Design
  • Management
  • Interaction Design
  • Front-end
  • Karaoke
  • Sandwiches
  • Photoshop
  • Natural Gas
  • Typography
  • Usability Engineering
  • Wireframing
  • Thai Massage
  • User Interface Design
  • Web Design
  • Pagemaker
  • Storytelling
  • User Experience

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Volunteer Champion | Small Corporation

    San Diego Food Bank

    May 2017

    At Renovate America (RA) I created a volunteer team. RA’s HR Department used this concept to create other interest groups and teams within the company. For two years, I planned and organized monthly and seasonal Food Bank events for the company. We started out with a team of 5, and by the end we were 15-20 strong each month. In 2017, we helped package and donate over 100,000 pounds of food for the county of San Diego.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Worker

    Food Bank

    July 2013 – Present(6 years 3 months)Disaster and Humanitarian Relief

    Packaging and providing food for low-income families, the elderly and the homeless. Participate between 3 to 10 days a month.

Causes Minh cares about:

  • Environment
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Arts and Culture
  • Children
  • Animal Welfare