Binaebi Akah

Binaebi Akah

User Experience Design

Columbus, Ohio Area
Information Technology and Services

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Binaebi Akah's Overview

  • Sr. User Experience Designer at OCLC

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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 2013Present (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

WD Partners

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Architecture & Planning industry

June 2011May 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.

Sketchnotes Consultant


January 2011May 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.

Usability Analyst

Nationwide Insurance

Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Insurance industry

July 2010May 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

Indiana University Bloomington

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2008May 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

Cook Medical

Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Medical Devices industry

May 2009August 2009 (4 months)

Championed interaction design user research methods, design ideation, and sketching with many different colored pens. Prototyped with hand-drawn sketches, white board sessions, wireframes, image mock-ups, and working HTML/CSS/Javascript.

Web Development Intern

Reflex Design & Technology

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

June 2008August 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.

Student Animator

Ohio State University Scoreboard Animators

May 2005February 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.

Research Intern

The Ohio Supercomputer Center

June 2004September 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

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Rocktober 2013 Joomla Webmaster

      • Arts and Culture
      May 2013 present (1 year 5 months)

      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:

    • Cbus 8 Venue Coordinator

      • Arts and Culture
      November 2012 May 2013 (7 months)

      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 "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! "

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Organizations I support:

      • SwingColumbus

Binaebi Akah's Projects

  • SwingColumbus 2013 Rocktober Promo Postcard and Poster

    • 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.

  • ENGO Blister Prevention Patch Instructional Video

    • December 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Binaebi Akah, Rebecca Rushton

    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.

  • Acceptd Marketing Materials

    • October 2012 to November 2012
    Team Members: Binaebi Akah, Jerry Tsai

    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.

  • AR the Realtor's Video Scribe

    • October 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Binaebi Akah

    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.

  • SwingColumbus Rocktober 2012 Promo Flier

    • 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

  1. Contextual Inquiry
  2. Participatory Design
  3. Personas
  4. Prototyping
  5. User-centered Design
  6. Usability Testing
  7. Experience design
  8. User Experience
  9. Interaction design
  10. Human-computer Interaction
  11. Sketchnotes
  12. Visual thinking
  13. Information Architecture
  14. Wireframes
  15. Swing Dance
  16. Prototype
  17. Interaction Design
  18. Human Computer Interaction
  19. Persona
  20. Design Thinking
  21. Usability Engineering
  22. Experience Design
  23. Ethnography
  24. Heuristic Evaluation
  25. User Interface Design
  26. User Experience Design
  27. Site Maps
  28. Paper Prototyping
  29. Wire Framing
  30. Mockups
  31. User Research
  32. Card Sorting
  33. Storyboarding
  34. Rapid Prototyping
  35. Web Development
  36. Front-end

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Binaebi Akah's Publications

  • Beatrice Learns to Dance

    • 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.

  • Sketchnotes Field Guide for the Busy Yet Inspired Professional

    • Bright Bird Press
    • January 2012
    Authors: Binaebi Akah, Charlene McBride

    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.

  • Empowering Products: Personal Identity through the Act of Creative Appropriation

    • 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

Indiana University Bloomington

Masters of Science, Human Computer Interaction Design, User Experience, Design Researcher


Activities and Societies: HCI/d Design Club, Graduate Informatics Student Association, Swing Dance Club

The Ohio State University

BS, Computer Science Engineering


Activities and Societies: ACM-W, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Lambda Psi, Ohio State Engineer Magazine

Binaebi Akah's Additional Information


Sketchnoting, user research, user experience, balboa, lindy hopping, swing dancing, tea, DIY projects

Groups and Associations:

SwingColumbus performance team, IxDA Columbus, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Order of the Engineer

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