Dennis Bolanos

Senior UX / UI / Product Designer By Way of Marketing & Advertising

39543 Clare St. Temecula, CA 92591 · (858) 504-0213 · bolanos.dennis@gmail.com

Passionate about efficient & best practice user experience flows and an advocate of intuitive & clutter-free user interface design.


Experience

Sr. UX / UI / Product Designer

United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service (via TechTrend)
  • Ideation to execution: Lead, guide, and mastermind the process of gathering design and business requirements to craft and create product features and solutions. Create user personas and journey maps to define target demographics and establish the ideal workflow. Convert and output these ideas through pixel-perfect composites and prototypes for stakeholders, product managers, QA engineers, and developers to experience and use as the main source of reference. Applies to desktop, tablet, and phone experiences (iOS and Android included).
  • User research, testing, and validation: Initiate and lead all user testing efforts for in-person and remote sessions. Work closely with PMs and business to create test scenarios and validate design and business hypotheses. Analyze testing results and discuss design priorities with the team.
  • SDLC conscious: Mindful of the roles of each teammate. Lead client demos and sprint reviews. Gather feedback, discuss, and initiate iterations with the team. Assist in story prioritization and backlog organization.
  • Concept to code: Coordinate with dev team to identify framework and tech stack. Deliver dev-ready, review, and validate HTML/CSS code with dev team. Create and manage pull requests.
  • Post-code commitment: Provide QA guidance and assistance in writing ACs and validating staging site against signed-off composites and prototypes.
  • Business development: Identify UX / UI opportunities to use as case studies as a marketing campaign and / or a blog article for the company. Perform UX assessments to promote the company’s UX discipline and seek new business opportunities.
  • Lead by example: Mentor, inspire, and provide guidance to fellow UX / UI designers in the department. Lead team building exercises and initiate design challenges and projects for the UX team. Spearhead creative sessions not related to current projects to ignite the team’s creative ideas.
July 2023 - Present

Sr. UX / UI Designer & UX Team Lead

Briebug Software
Ideation to Execution Project Management User research, testing, and validation SDLC conscious Concept to code Post code committment Business development Lead by example
Sep 2021 - July 2023

Sr. UX / UI Designer / Brand Manager

Tech Dynamism
Ideation to Execution User research, testing, and validation SDLC conscious Concept to code Post code committment Business development
  • Brand management: Create, enforce, and maintain the company’s design system and style guide. Create and design all marketing collateral (e.g., website, trade show graphics, company newsletters, business cards, flyers, email blasts, presentations, product catalogs, product packaging, and brochures)
Feb 2016 - Sep 2021

UX / UI Designer

Teamwork Athletic
Ideation to Execution User research, testing, and validation SDLC conscious Concept to code Post code committment Business development
Sep 2015 - Feb 2016

UX / UI Designer

Ashford University / Bridgepoint Education Inc.
Ideation to Execution User research, testing, and validation SDLC conscious Concept to code Post code committment
Mar 2013 - Sep 2015

UX / UI Designer

Hunter Industries
Ideation to Execution User research, testing, and validation SDLC conscious Concept to code Post code committment
Jan 2011 - Mar 2013

Co-Art Director / Sr. Web Designer / Sr. Graphic Designer

Hunter Industries
  • Brand management: Create, enforce, and maintain the company’s design system and style guide. Create and design all marketing collateral (e.g., website, trade show graphics, company newsletters, business cards, flyers, email blasts, presentations, product catalogs, product packaging, and brochures)
  • Marketing communications: Organize, lead, and provide direction for in-house and external photo and video shoots. Perform off-site press and paper checks.
  • International localization: Responsible for localizing all marketing and sales materials for specific country and region. This includes units of measurements and imagery.
Nov 2002 - Jan 2011

Education

San Diego State University

Graphic Design

San Diego Art Institute

Multimedia / Digital Design

Skills

Tools (Very Familiar)

    Wireframing
    • Figma
    • Adobe XD
    • Sketch
    • Framer
    • Axure
    • Zeplin
    • Balsamic
    Print Design
    • InDesign
    • Illustrator
    • Photoshop
    • Lightroom
    Code
    • HTML/CSS (SASS, Bootstrap, Foundation)
    • Responsive Web Design
    • ADA / WCAG
    Mobile
    • Ionic
    • XCode
    • Android Studio
    CMS
    • Drupal
    • WordPress
    • Joomla
    • Magento
    • OpenCart
    • Zen Cart
    • OS Commerce
    Video
    • Premiere
    • After Effects
    • iMovie
    Audio
    • Ableton
    • Audition

Tools (Familiar)

    Javascript
    • React
    • Angular