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Kristina Rudolph, Product Manager

Linkedin.com/in/kcandy

Summary

As a product design and product manager, I enlighten teams and stakeholders bringing 15+ years of web, graphic, and industrial (exhibit) design experience.

As a forward-thinking collaborative design and business servant leader, I change the status quo by remaining grounded to the trenches of the mess.

  • Agile leadership, growth, mentoring, education, and teamwork
  • Advocate for accessible and inclusive products, training, and services

Consultant: Product design, and product management
Graduate: Agile MBA, Scrum Master & business, summer 2020
Writer: Medium.com and UX Collective on design, business, and inclusion
Mentor: Inc.com Solopreneur, UX Leaders of Awesomeness network, and LinkedIn advisor
Moderator: UX accessibility panel for American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA Detroit chapter)
Volunteer: disability awareness training, inclusion events, and design and business conferences


Skills

  • Agile frameworksKanban, Scrum, TDD
  • Project managementJira, Trello, Slack
  • UX/UI designIllustrator, Adobe XD, Sketch, Figma, low-fidelity, wireframes
  • UX researchQualitative research, card sorting, mind maps, empathy maps, service blueprints, journey maps, personas, heuristics
  • Front-endHTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, WordPress, Java
  • Design thinkingempathize, define ideate, prototype, test
  • Web & graphic design—Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver
  • CAD/CAM modeling—Siemens NX (Unigraphics)

Professional Experience

Product Design Consultant: Visual Design

A2Agile Inc.— Ann Arbor MI, 10/2019-03/2020

  • Defined vision, scope, strategy, and design in qualitative training
  • UX heuristic research, observation, and interviews
  • Spearheaded iterative design improvements & visuals

Product Design Consultant: UX Researcher & Visual UX/UI Design

Rumi’s Passion Bakery, Gluten-Free Bakery — Plymouth MI, 10/2018-07/2019

  • www.rumispassion.com web and mobile design and build, improving accessibility and information architecture
  • Defined new content strategy, copyrighting, image selection, and hosting needs
  • Worked with owners and the gluten-free, allergy-free, and autistic communities to compile research and accessible content
  • Adobe CS, leveraging front-end frameworks using HTML5, CSS3, and WordPress

Exhibit Tech II

Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum— Ann Arbor MI, 01/2018-04/2018

  • Created three themed design proposal mockup versions for a suite of science exhibits, budgeted to the scope of the largest initial donor contribution in our history (one million dollars)
  • Produced part drawings, digital graphics, and exhibit builds
  • Collaborated with directors and engineers, improving ADA, visual, and tactile accessibility

Exhibit Tech I

Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum — Ann Arbor MI, 01/2015-01/2018

  • Led, mentored, coached, and collaborated with interns
  • Built rapport with B2B partners, vendors, and systems
  • Identified, analyzed, and solved ambiguous problems
  • Prepared and maintained internal Kanban boards to establish accountability and communicate process flow

Specialist

Apple Inc. — Novi MI, 10/2009-11/2014

  • Supported operations, sales, and IT for 1,500+ daily consumers with 100+ colleagues, maintaining an excellent NPS score of 65
  • Designed a proprietary newsletter to reduce cognitive load for consumers and sales staff
  • Worked beside 50+ national and international colleagues to open a new store while maintaining Apple’s brand consistency

Graphic Design Professor, Adjunct

Adrian College — Adrian MI, 08/2011-04/2013 

  • Revitalized Web Design, Digital Imaging, & Graphic Design I & II curricula, infusing design-thinking
  • Received fellowship stipends, teaching additional lectures
  • Developed online content to raise student engagement and empower team participation
  • Mentored design students mockup and sketch work

Lead Graphic Designer

Eastern Michigan University, Campus Life Dept.
Ypsilanti MI, 06/2006-05/2009

  • Created print and web projects using Adobe CS Suite
  • Improved workflow 30% creating a new work order system and decreased on-campus event marketing turnaround time
  • Promoted diversity, inclusivity, and underrepresentation in marketing materials working with other departments to ensure proper brand identity through the full life cycle
  • Coordinated yearly training for designers and screened new hires

Certifications & Community

Accessibility and inclusion advocate, through social media, design teaching, and event outreach, to lead and mentor the voices and hearts of our UX, design, and tech community


Education

MFA, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Graphic Design, Magna Cum Laude

  • Art Masters Association (AMA) President
  • Anton Brenner Scholarship
  • Dorothy Lamming Scholarship
  • Collins Medal for Excellence in Graduate Assistantship Finalist

BFA, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Industrial Design, Cum Laude

  • Co-President Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA)
  • Member of the University of Michigan Marching Band, color guard
  • Women’s Glee Club
  • Team Tagge Award for Industrial Design winner
  • Art Internationalist Mixed Media Finalist