Maxine Aguilar
Product Designer
Wellesley College
Media Arts and Sciences 2022
Universidad Veritas
Fall 2021
Technical/Non-Technical Skills
Tools: Figma, FullStory, Zeplin, Balsamiq,, Webflow, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects), Jira, WordPress, Wix, Autodesk Maya
Design: Wireframing, Prototyping, Information Architecture, Web Design, Atomic Design, Graphic Design, UI Design, Data Visualization and Communication, Natural User Interface, Augmented Reality
Research: Usability Testing, Storyboarding, Interviewing, Brainstorming, Competetive Analysis, Branding, User Flows
Coding: HTML5, CSS, Arduino IDE, JavaScript, Python
Professional Experience
Freelance Designer
MXD Media
03/2020 - Current
Chicago, IL

Brand connecting users with design projects and sustainable products (handmade accessories and fine art products)

  • Built responsive website in HTML5 which includes a portfolio of relevant design work for potential freelance clientele
  • Offering freelance UX and design services which include research, branding, consultation, and end-to-end design for a variety of clients
  • Maintaining consistency in clients messaging and aesthetic while delivering assets in a timely manner
  • Sold out first capsule in 2 months utilizing Facebook/Instagram ads with .7% conversion rate (November 2020)
Product Design Intern
The Pill Club
06/2021 - 08/2021
San Francisco, CA

  • Using Figma and Adobe Creative Suite, rapidly delivered user-flows, medium to high fidelity prototypes, wireframes, a new design system component, and presentations for a tele-health medical startup

  • Spearheaded independent and collaborative projects with the primary product team and routinely met with key stakeholders such as brand, marketing, content writers, and engineer teams for feedback
  • Projects include the development of a new roadmap feature built to resolve critical pain points in the onboarding experience, the creation of wireframes and a prototype for the onboarding flow of a new product with interstitial pages after close evaluation of the design system and brand identity, and a re-design of the "create account" flow for A/B testing with the goal of increasing conversion and awareness of the company’s products

UX and Graphic Design Lead
09/2020 - 03/2021

  • Desired to learn UX best practices and methods through workshops led by UX industry professionals and attended weekly lectures.
  • Completed assignments in Figma to master prototyping, human centered design conventions,  audience research, and design thinking.
  • Worked with a SWE student and VC student as part of capstone project. Independently created brand identity, design system, unique iconography, and a rapid interactive prototype for an innovative education technology application.
  • Presented product in a pitch competition to investors, selected to participate in final round.

Bicycle Mechanic
Johnny Sprockets
03/2018 - 09/2020
Chicago, IL

  • Determine causes of operating errors and took necessary action.
  • Maintained knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Alleviated the pressure of busy cycling seasons within a team-player oriented mechanic space
  • Built new bikes for sale, assisted in customer repairs, and completed sales with customers
  • Improved prospect to sale process by serving as both sales and service customer representative 

Design & Engineer Lead, THREADS Team
02/2022 - 05/2022

  • Identified challenges faced by artists in mobile environments as part of Wellesley CS 320 course

  • Configured Arduino and Adafruit components to create a MVP tangible user interface which converts analog painting into digital "light art"
  • Selected to present "Works in progress" at ChiWork 22 Symposium on Human-Computer Interaction for Work

UX/UI Lead, ChatCheck Team
04/2021 - 05/2021

  • Accelerated 4-week Human-Computer Interaction course at Wellesley
  • Applied knowledge of human-centered design, design thinking, and research frameworks
  • Prototyped wireframes, developed brand guidelines such as typography and color palette, and conducted usability testing for a messaging app that checks credibility to curb the spread of misinformation

Research, MIT Media Lab
02/2020 - 06/2020

Assisted the Starlings team, a research group dedicated to HCI in micro-mobilities within CityScience at the Media Lab
  • Developed a public online identity based in research of industry best practices and competitive analysis
  • Designed a website in WordPress with unique iconography and logo using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator
  • Successfully adapted visually appropriate assets upon receiving feedback during weekly meetings

Speaker, TEDx "The Children Left Behind"

  • Co-wrote and presented talk for TEDx event at Jones College Prep
  • Discussed the connections between Chicago's structures of anti-blackness and funding hierarchies in public school systems

Black Transport Project (BTP)
06/2020 - Current

  • Started an initiative of fixing donated used bikes and distributing them to the Chicago Black transgender community
  • Responsibilities include collecting used bikes from the public, fixing them, fundraising to buy parts and accessories, and finding recipients through digital marketing
  • Designed marketing materials and logo for the initiative using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and After Effects
  • 3 years in a row, a total of 65 bikes have been given away with new helmets and locks

Youth for Black Lives
06/2016 - 09/2020

  • Created unique publicity materials, logo, and web design to improve outreach and reputation as an organization
  • Manages financial documentation, budgeting, and communication with the fiscal sponsor
  • Spearheaded the organization of "Blackstone Summer" event in 2018 and 2019 in collaboration with Experimental Station. Over 400 community members attended and accessed the free food and school supplies provided
  • Organized several local protests, hosted an annual On the Table event, sponsored by the Chicago Community Trust and featured as a speaker for the Chicago Women’s March (2017)