Hi! 👋🏼 My name is Samantha!
I'm a UX/UI Designer, specializing in intuitive, accessible design.

When not designing, I'm playing Fall Guys, growing yet another succulent, or eating tofu tacos. 🌮

About My Career Switch

In 2018, I was the Operations Director at a Chicago theater when a fierce winter storm hit. The renter canceled their performance for everyone's safety, and I needed to inform the public. When I sat down to update the website, I discovered that our website template didn't have something that would grab a visitor's attention, like a warning banner!

Leaning on only curiosity and a touch of audacity, I felt confident that I could figure it out: I added a custom code block, Googled how to code a warning banner from scratch, and excitedly published my first coded element.

It was a thrilling experience that left me feeling empowered and accomplished.

Static: Samantha coding at night
Samantha coding at night

Case Studies

NFP Connect Individual Platform Redesign

Q1 2023 UX/UI Design Workshops Strategy Prototyping Figma

NFP Connect Individual is an employee benefits platform that enables users to view and share their benefits details, including insurance cards and policy information.

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Claims Settlement Worksheet UX/UI Refresh

Q4 2022 UX/UI Design Strategy User Interviews Prototyping Figma

Working with a multidisciplinary team that included users, I reworked a two-decades-old worksheet that is an integral part of the users’ day-to-day.

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Coming Soon: Chicago Architecture Center's Land Acknowledgment

Q2 2022 UX/UI Design Prototyping Multilingual Adobe XD

The project was a part of an organization-wide land acknowledgment effort.

Design & Development Projects

A collection of projects that I handled from discovery to production.

For the Group Chicago

Q4 2020 - Q3 2021 UX / UI Design Identity Design Graphic Design HTML5 CSS3 ES6 PHP Bootstrap Adobe XD

A pandemic passion project that gave me my first real taste of working directly with a large group of stakeholders. The primary goal was to make the website to feel friendly and engaging.

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The Edge Theater

Q1-Q3 2021 Webflow Responsive Full Calendar

I designed and built the site in Webflow using custom HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code and pre-built components. I used the FullCalendar library for event and availability calendars that automatically update using Google Calendar events.

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Brandon Dzirko

2021 Netlify HTML CSS3 ES6 Bootstrap jQuery

My brother is an improviser in Brooklyn, NY and needed a website that reflected his sense of humor and incredible talent. Photos edited in Procreate; site designed in Adobe XD and coded in VS Code.

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