Maxine Aguilar
Product Designer
Education
Wellesley College
Media Arts and Sciences 2022
Universidad Veritas
Fall 2021
Technical/Non-Technical Skills
Tools: Figma, FullStory, Zeplin, Balsamiq, Usertesting.com, 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
Research: Usability Testing, Storyboarding, Interviewing, Brainstorming, Competetive Analysis, Branding
Coding: HTML5, CSS, Arduino IDE, JavaScript, Python
Experience
Designer and Founder
MX Design Studios
Mar. 2020 - Current
Chicago, IL

Brand connecting users with design projects and sustainable products from MX Gear (accessories made from up-cycled bike parts)

  • Creatively direct, edit, and photograph all promotional materials, strategically shared on social media
  • Increased Instagram engagement by 150% in a 3 month period with 1:2 conversion rate
  • Sold out first capsule of bike chain necklaces and link earrings in 2 months (October 2020)

  • Built website in HTML5 which includes a portfolio of relevant design work for potential freelance clientele
  • Offering freelance UX and graphic design services which include research, branding, consultation, and end-to-end design for a variety of clients
Product Design Intern
The Pill Club
June 2021 - Aug. 2021
San Francisco, CA

  • Collaborated with the primary product team to maintain consistency with product, software development, and branding through weekly meetings , design reviews, and regular 1:1 check ins.
  • Designed new roadmap feature developed to resolve critical pain points in the onboarding experience
  • Re-designed the create account flow to increase user interest and awareness of the company’s products while allowing for a cognitive break in the flow
  • Utilized graphic design to create illustrations for interstitial pages and the majority of onboarding wireframes after close evaluation of the design system and brand identity
  • Curated final presentation for the company all hands including top executives.

UX Track Student
BVCC
Sept. 2020 - Mar. 2021
Virtual

  • Learned UX best practices and methods through workshops led by UX industry professionals and attended weekly lectures
  • Completed assignments in Figma to master prototyping and UI comprehension
  • Worked with a SWE student and VC student as part of capstone project. Created brand identity, design system, unique iconography, and a rapid interactive prototype for an education technology application.
  • Presented product in a pitch competition to investors, selected to participate in final round

Bicycle Mechanic
Johnny Sprockets
Mar. 2018 - Sept. 2020
Chicago, IL

  • Determine causes of operating errors and necessary action. Maintain knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Alleviated the pressure of busy cycling seasons within a team-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 

Projects/Research
Design & Engineer Lead, THREADS Team
Feb. 2022 - May 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
Apr. 2021 - May 2021

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

Graphic Design Research, MIT Media Lab
Feb. 2020 - June 2020

Assisted the "Starlings" team, a research group dedicated to sustainable transportation within CityScience at the Media Lab
  • Developed a public online identity based in research of industry best practices
  • Designed a website with unique iconography and logo using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator
  • Successfully adapted designs upon receiving feedback during weekly meetings

Speaker, TEDx "The Children Left Behind"
May 2018

  • 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

Leadership
Founder
Black Trans Bike Fleet
June 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 a random lottery system
  • Designed promotional materials and logo for the initiative using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and AfterEffects
  • 2 years in a row, a total of 10 bikes have been given away with new helmets and locks as needed

Co-Organizer
Youth for Black Lives
June 2016 - Sept. 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)