My name's Andrea Cordes. Andrea like Andre 3000, Cordes like the conquistador (well, kind of.) I'm a Digital Designer and Photographer located in Grand Rapids, MI working my way towards becoming a full-fledged UI/UX Designer.
I want to use my UX/UI skills to make an impact on society, whether it be through something healthcare, education, or government related. I want to promote equity, inclusivity, and accessibility to improve the lives of disadvantaged people.
I assist in website planning, wireframing, user experience, and I use growth-driven design to design websites that generate sales and leads for clients. I also help with content distribution, internal design work, creating marketing assets, photography, and wherever else my team members need assistance.
Worked with local businesses and nonprofit organizations to create branded marketing materials. Received client and creative director feedback and designed multiple iterations before presenting final deliverables.
Created content for Ferris State’s design program’s social media pages. Worked on two real-world projects (the design program’s senior portfolio review events and the West Michigan Graphic Design Archives website) where I learned budgeting, presenting to clients, remote communication, time management/timekeeping, etc.
Taught by various people about the UX field through employees at Universal Mind and other influencers in the field. Learned how to go about design research, interviews, storyboarding, information architecture, and how to use programs like Sketch, Principle, and InVision. Worked on a UX project beginning with the research phase and ending with an InVision prototype.
Helped provide friendly assistance at a local co-working center. Designed for community events like the annual bar crawl, gave tours to potential members, and helped those who were new at The Factory.