User Experience Design
- Columbus, Ohio Area
- Information Technology and Services
Binaebi Akah's Overview
- Sr. User Experience Designer at OCLC
- User Experience Design Associate at WD Partners
- Sketchnotes Consultant at Freelance
- Usability Analyst at Nationwide Insurance
- Associate Instructor - Interaction Design Practice at Indiana University Bloomington
- Interaction Design Intern with the eCommunications Group at Cook Medical
- Web Development Intern at Reflex Design & Technology
- Student Animator at Ohio State University Scoreboard Animators
- Research Intern at The Ohio Supercomputer Center
Binaebi Akah's Summary
I am an experience designer with front-end development experience. I have a background in Human Computer Interaction Design, Computer Engineering, English, and the Arts, making me comfortable with multi-disciplinary teams and multiple stakeholders. I am known for my passion for effective communication, energetic sketchnotes, and swing dancing.
Binaebi Akah's Experience
Sr. User Experience Designer
Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry
May 2013 – Present (1 year 5 months) Columbus, Ohio Area
I integrate closely with developers, business analysts, visual designers, and product owners to create interaction patterns and annotated wireframes for cloud-based library cataloging systems, which librarians, researchers, and patrons will use.
Discussing wireframes exposes technical constraints, interaction gaps, and additional business requirements before developers touch code. Responsibilities include leading content-first sessions with multiple stakeholders, designing templates for inter-library loan print outs for librarians, determining user flows for new, requested functionality, and maintaining consistency across the app and related products. I use Axure, AxShare, and Excel to create wireframes, prototypes, and tabular templates. I love post-its and sharpies for facilitating brainstorming sessions.
User Experience Design Associate
Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Architecture & Planning industry
June 2011 – May 2013 (2 years) Columbus, Ohio Area
As the first user experience designer in the company, I help bridge the communication gap between the client and the design, and the design and the developer. I do this by translating research insights into actionable designs and specifications for digital solutions. Client industries include consumer product goods, retail, and restaurants.
Managed small design teams to meet digital menu board project deadlines under budget. Created sitemaps, user flows, and annotated wireframes to facilitate conversations between the client, designer, and developer. Sketched storyboards and digital concepts in retail contexts. Developed a standard document to compile annotated sitemap, wireframes, and creative designs to hand to contracted developers and designers. Interfaced with the architecture/industrial design teams to ensure digital solutions worked within proposed client's environment.
Clients include: Office Depot, Peter Piper Pizza, Vail Resorts, X-ACTO, The Home Depot, Chiquita, Nationwide Insurance, Zoe's Kitchen, Pottery Barn.
January 2011 – May 2013 (2 years 5 months) Columbus, OH
Captured complex ideas through typography and visual metaphors to act as one-page takeaways from conference presentation talks. Created speed writing videos for instructional and marketing use.
Co-authored a sketchnotes field guide book which empowers others to practice and hone their sketchnoting skill set. Taught conference attendees to think through their listening critically and translate their comprehension visually by co-leading a workshop at MidwestUX 2012, and via a solo presentation at Stir Trek 2012.
Specializing in the visual depiction of design, programming, and technology talks at conferences, lectures, and brainstorming meetings.
Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Insurance industry
July 2010 – May 2011 (11 months) Columbus, Ohio Area
Moderated usability test sessions and translated findings into infographics, reports, and recommendation tables. Created a graphical visualization to clarify an internal testing process for new employees and internal clients. Iterated a set of templates for the usability team to create an easy-to use, consistent look and feel for reports and requirements gathering. Created highlight reels of usability sessions to support key points for internal steering committees.
Associate Instructor - Interaction Design Practice
Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry
August 2008 – May 2010 (1 year 10 months)
Mentored and inspired graduate students in the interaction design practicum course, which is essentially an intense design boot camp. We discussed what it means to design right vs find the right design, and other fundamental methodologies which aid a user experience/interaction design/information architect accomplish a project.
Interaction Design Intern with the eCommunications Group
Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Medical Devices industry
May 2009 – August 2009 (4 months)
Web Development Intern
Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry
June 2008 – August 2008 (3 months)
Efficiently multi-tasked content maintenance and front-end development for ten clients using Ektron, Kentico, PHP, ASP, and .NET technologies. Converted and deployed PSD-to-HTML websites and emails. Assumed lead for front-end deployment of Hob Knob Boutique Hotel.
Ohio State University Scoreboard Animators
May 2005 – February 2006 (10 months)
Created video animations for The Ohio State University sporting events such as baseball, basketball, and football. Ran the ribbon and video boards at volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, football, and concert events at the St John's Arena and Schottenstein center.
Worked with AfterEffects and some Flash animation.
The Ohio Supercomputer Center
June 2004 – September 2004 (4 months)
Transcribed gargantuan, inefficient, and confusing Python user interface into a compact, multi-tabbed, and intuitive Java user interface. The interface communicated with Perl query scripts, allowing access to grid database back end.
Binaebi Akah's Volunteer Experience & Causes
Rocktober 2013 Joomla Webmaster
May 2013 – present (1 year 5 months)
- Arts and Culture
Helped troubleshoot and re-install a new Joomla website for October 2013 intensive lindy hop workshop event in Columbus, OH. Tweaked front-end code in the RocketTheme files to overcome mystery bugs in the display. Content manager including an audition submission form.
The event is a weekend-long workshop featuring three tracks of lindy hop instruction with international and regional instructors: http://www.swingcolumbus.com/rocktober2013
Cbus 8 Venue Coordinator
November 2012 – May 2013 (7 months)
- Arts and Culture
Sourced, contacted, and negotiated contracts with dance venues around Columbus, OH for the SwingColumbus May event. The event is a weekend-long dance "exchange," where people from the IN-OH-KY-MI-PA region come to dance at different venues around town which represent Columbus.
From http://www.swingcolumbus.com/index.php/events/cbus: "CBUS is our annual weekend-long party of Lindy Hop and Blues. With host over 100 dancers from all over the U.S. and Canada for 28 hours of dancing packed into just two and a half days! "
Organizations I support:
Binaebi Akah's Projects
- February 2013 to Present
The non-profit group SwingColumbus in Columbus, OH asked me to create their promotional postcard and poster for the big lindy hop workshop event, Rocktober 2013. Project timeline was two weeks to meet an event deadline for postcard distribution. Mark Calkins art directed, Gail Clendenin provided copy, and Shannon Varner sourced the photos of the instructors teaching at the event.
Team Members: Binaebi Akah, Rebecca Rushton
- December 2012 to Present
I was approached by a licensed podiatrist in Australia who sells ENGO Blister Prevention Path to design an instructional speed drawing video and single-page handout. This video was to engage existing and potential customers while also providing benefits and instructions in a short amount of time. Future work is expected from the parent company.
- October 2012 to November 2012
The startup Acceptd was looking for one page visualizations to explain their benefits and process to organizations and students interested in joining their network. The purpose of Acceptd is to facilitate art auditions between students and organizations, cutting down cost of travel and increasing selection efficiency.
Team Members: Binaebi Akah
- October 2012 to Present
This project consisted of the AR Realtors sending me their finished voiceover in mp3 format, as well as the script for that voiceover. I was given free reign to determine the imagery that would sync with the voiceover narration.
- November 2011 to November 2011
The non-profit group SwingColumbus in Columbus, OH asked me to create their promotional flier for the big lindy hop workshop event, Rocktober 2012.
Binaebi Akah's Skills & Expertise
- Contextual Inquiry
- Participatory Design
- User-centered Design
- Usability Testing
- Experience design
- User Experience
- Interaction design
- Human-computer Interaction
- Visual thinking
- Information Architecture
- Swing Dance
- Interaction Design
- Human Computer Interaction
- Design Thinking
- Usability Engineering
- Experience Design
- Heuristic Evaluation
- User Interface Design
- User Experience Design
- Site Maps
- Paper Prototyping
- Wire Framing
- User Research
- Card Sorting
- Rapid Prototyping
- Web Development
Binaebi Akah's Publications
- Bright Bird Press
- August 2013
Beatrice the little girl robot wants to dance as well as her neighbor Melvin, but every time she tries, something happens! Read this book with your child for a funny, encouraging story about finding your own way to learn new things.
Authors: Binaebi Akah, Charlene McBride
- Bright Bird Press
- January 2012
32 pages of helpful instruction and exercises to help you break into sketchnoting your next team meeting, conference talk, or big idea.
This field guide aims to empower your “live” sketchnoting and visual thinking abilities by providing explanations, examples, and exercises.
- Extended Abstracts of CHI 2010
- April 2010
This paper explores the relationship between personal identity and the act of appropriating digital objects in the home--specifically do-it-yourself--to inform the design of empowering products. It reports ongoing research and provides a preliminary analysis of the Steampunk movement as a case study for personal appropriation. Appropriation-identity design guidelines are provided as a result of the data analysis.
Binaebi Akah's Education
Masters of Science, Human Computer Interaction Design, User Experience, Design Researcher
2008 – 2010
Activities and Societies: HCI/d Design Club, Graduate Informatics Student Association, Swing Dance Club
BS, Computer Science Engineering
2003 – 2008
Activities and Societies: ACM-W, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Lambda Psi, Ohio State Engineer Magazine
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