About Me

Greg Bumatay UX DesignerRaised in Southern California, I am spoiled by warm sunny weather. I’m currently working as a Freelance User Experience Designer and run a professional photography studio. I love that I can be creative in all the facets of my career while wearing shorts most of the time.

My passion is to make the world an easier place to navigate. With technology moving forward at such a fast rate, we’re bombarded with more and more points of interaction with machines. The time we have for real life experiences (moments with family, conversations with friends, and smelling roses) is getting sucked away by time spent with our electronic devices. I want to make computer interaction easier and quicker so we can get things done and have time for things that matter most in our real & personal lives.

 
 
Bedtime Reading: [resume_ux.pdf]

Exceptional problem solver, great in communication, highly empathic, always curious, and eager to create the most delightful user centered experience.

 

Experience

Freelance UX & Interaction Designer  1/2016 to present

User Experience Design

• Align user needs with business goals
• Project proposals, user personas, information architect
• Super confident in conducting research, user testing, A/B testing and analytics from concept to production; able to turn research into strategy and improvements
• Expert in rapid paper prototypes, digital wireframes, workflow mapping, and front end design
• Optimized user engagement for brands such as Toyota Financial Services
• Expert in providing a compelling user experience to improve brand loyalty, customer retention and visit-to-order ratios
• User interface design with the proven know-how to combine creative and usability viewpoints resulting in clean visual aesthetics, world-class Web and mobile applications
• Designed high-impact, user-centered Web sites with strong emotional appeal, sophisticated production values and intuitive navigation to maximize user engagement and cement powerful brand identities

 
 
Bumatay Studio  1/2005 to present

Product Manager, Principal Photographer

• Established a business based on excellent customer service, empathy for client requirements, prompt delivery of products, award winning media, and full commitment to every project
• Strong communication skills with a desire to understand client wants and needs
• Project manager for special event and corporate photography assignments; delivered usable marketing assets for large companies like Toyota, Lexus, Scion, AEG, LA Live, Boys and Girls • Club of East Los Angeles, Latin Nation Live and Coca-Cola Company
• Integration of technologies for optimal user experience, search engine optimization (SEO), user/client research, social media strategies, improved communication, refined user workflow, asset management, and business productivity

 
 
Cypress College  8/2007 to 6/2011

Digital Photography Instructor

• Instructed college level photography students to prepare for Special Events and Wedding Photography careers, with emphasis on business management, marketing and SEO
• In addition to multimedia and classroom instruction, I created a hands-on approach to acquaint students with sophisticated controls on a DSLR and real world photographic challenges
• Introduction to website analysis, user experience design, search engine optimization, Google Analytics, Google AdWords, and social media marketing
• Inspired and equipped students to prepare viable strategies for small business in photography

 
 
Ameriquest Mortgage Company  5/2001 to 11/2005

Digital Imaging Specialist, Helpdesk

• Assisted users in loan documentation scanning and imaging software for digital filing for all branches nationwide. Delivering excellent user experience was the key to success
• Troubleshoot hardware and software issues that hindered user productivity and refined the overall user experience by exercising empathy, providing rapid technical solutions, offering user training guides, and follow ups
• Increased usability and accessibility of digital assets through user training and by making scanned images easy to find within the network

 
 
Warner Bros. Feature Animation  6/1995 to 5/2001

Assistant FX Animator

• Visual design, traditional animation, sketch, storyboard and special effects rendering
• Worked closely with directors and senior animators in highly collaborative environments to produce feature quality films and entertainment
• Scanned drawings and stored as digital files for production, organization and usage
• Freelanced for Dreamworks, Turners Animation, and Disney Feature Animation

 
 

Education

• Interaction Design, University of California, San Diego
• Certificate of Small Business Management, Mt San Antonio College
• BFA – Illustration, Cal State University, Long Beach

 
 

UX Toolbox

• UX Research: Optimal Workshop
• Wireframing: Sketch, Balsamiq
• Digital Image Editing: Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator,
• Presentation and Storyboarding: Apple Keynote, pen & paper sketches
• Web Development: HTML/XHTML, CSS, Javascript
• Project Management: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), Apple iWork (Pages, Keynote, Numbers)
• Web Site Analytics:
• Usability Protocols
• Prototyping
• Persona Creation
• Information Architecture (IA)
• A/B Testing & Analytics, Card Sort, User Testing
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Contact me so we can work together!