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Monica Saiz
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Who and what

I've worked as a web integrator and developer for 12 years. Currently based in Paris, I'm passionate about CSS animations, UX , and design. Designing gives me the privilege of being able to explore and express my creativity through my work.

Passionate about storytelling, as well as about everything I do. Lover of the planet, nature, animals, and people. I enjoy writing, from UX case studies to music for piano. I spend my spare time writing about life, thoughts, and reflections.

I believe that what brings expertise and mastery is not your skills, but your hard work and passion.

A little bit more background

I started my professional career in 2007 in London as a Ruby on Rails developer. I explored different areas like both backend and frontend, JS, agile development, hosting, or web design.

I lean towards the visual and creative side, which is why in recent years I focused on responsive web design, HTML5, CSS3, mobile-first development, css3 web animations, user interactions, cross-browser compatibility, and problem-solving.

I am passionate about seeing from the user's eyes, deepening and empathizing with them, and challenging myself to come up with creative solutions. That is why I fell in love with the Design Thinking process, which seeks to understand the user, challenging all assumptions, to come up with solutions that seemed invisible at first glance.

I love to manage my Ubuntu server where I host personal projects and use it as a learning playground.

Last but not least, I'm available for hire on freelance projects.

What can I do for you?

Development of responsive websites From your idea, to a final development. Specialized in responsive design, animations, cross-browser compatibility.
UI Design for website and mobile From your idea, to a final design proposal. Interactive prototypes with Marvel, microinteractions with Principle.
UX, Design Thinking process, Case studies From a given problem, to a solution proposal. All the way through Design Thinking process, tackling the problem from a user centered approach.
Design of illustrations, interfaces, UI elements From your mind, to a final design. Vectorial design in Sketch, of anything from mobile interfaces to children illustration.

Illustration - Vectorial design

I specially enjoy childrens' style

and cartoons.


Icons for apps or websites, logos, illustrations, anything that can be drawn by hand, can also be vectorized and used in our designs.
Sketch up your life!

Interface design

User interface design

for website and mobile.

Design of all design elements of a new product or redesign of an existing one.
Moodboards, style tiles, design systems, final screens for both mobile apps and responsive websites. Interactive prototypes with Marvel or Invision and microinteractions with Principle.

Project 1: Mes Amis ["my friends"] Mobile App, UX and Design oriented to kids.

Save animals while learning a language!

From a blank paper to the high fidelity design prototype of a mobile app for kids. The goal of the app is to help children to learn a new language while having fun. It must resemble a summer camp experience, but it needed to happen online and to bring both learning and fun.

How to translate all those personal interactions and experiences from a summer camp into a mobile app?

Find the complete Case Study, interactive prototype, full set of screens and the whole UX and UI process this Medium article dedicated to it. (If you like it, don’t forget to clap!, clap!, clap! a few times!)

Moodboard

Style tiles

Final screens (short sample)

Read case study!

Project 2: Genie de la Lampe Responsive website, oriented to adults.

Connect people who suffers from Cancer with volunteers that want to help.

This is a beautiful and meaningful personal project, which was my final work for the intensive UX/UI Design bootcamp I coursed at Ironhack in Paris. I created a platform aiming to connect people around the world that need help or wants to help each other.

Find the complete Case Study, interactive prototype, full set of screens and the whole UX and UI process this Medium article dedicated to it. (If you like it, don’t forget to clap!, clap!, clap! a few times!)

Moodboard

Style tiles

Final screens (short sample)

Genie de la Lampe Hi-Fi screens

Project 3: Echelon festival Site redesign, for all devices, oriented to electronic music lovers.

Redesign proposal for Echelon’s website, which is an electronic music festival happening in Munich, Germany, every year.

Their motto is "Let's be weird!"

All the decisions have been made basing myself on a detailed user research.

Find the complete Case Study, interactive prototype, full set of screens and the whole UX and UI process this Medium article dedicated to it. (If you like it, don’t forget to clap!, clap!, clap! a few times!)

Moodboard

Style tiles

Final screens (short sample)

Web development, responsive design, animations

Sports/fashion landing page

(Adicolor: Adidas and Zalando

Responsive design, transitions and animations
Final designs provided by the marketing department.
Web development in HTML, CSS and Javascript, fully responsive and detail-oriented.
Translation of the microinteractions provided as specifications in interactive prototypes, into code as animations and transitions.

Fred's Hush Belgian DJ

personal website

From an idea to a final developed product
A client's idea was ideated and developed from scratch into a website fully responsive.
Hosting, maintenance, server management provided.

Christmas Campaign developed

for Zalando

From final designs to development code.
Final designs provided by the marketing department.
Web development in HTML, CSS and Javascript.
Fully responsive design, transitions and animations, cross-browser compatibility, detail-oriented.

User Experience Design

UX Design, Design Thinking,

Case Studies

Empathize, Define, Ideate.
Interviews, surveys, applying user research methods to get user insights and build a Persona, and final problem statement.
All the way through the Design Thinking process, to tackle the problem with a user centered approach.
Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good.
— Martin LeBlanc

UX Case Studies

Take a look at my favorite case studies below, as well as some other articles related with UX. For UI Case Studies, see the Design section!

Personal Writing

Writing is the fuel for my happiness and life's awareness, and it also nourishes my creativity. I write about my own experiences and those of those around me; about anything that I have seen or heard and that calls me for reflection.
I write about my own life experiences and of those who are in my life, about opinions, reflections, and thoughts. Feel free to visit my Medium profile to read more articles!