About Ivan (ee • vahn)

I've been solving problems in the digital space for 14+ years, offering strong visual design, interaction design and information architecture, with the mindset of human-centered and empathy-driven design. Currently, I'm doing this as a Senior UX Designer at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. My past experience included working for the Nerdery and various local agencies as an Interactive Art Director / Interface Designer. My co-workers would tell you that I'm also a pretty nice guy to work with.

Experience

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Senior UX Designer 2016 - Present

Martin | Williams

Senior UX Designer 2014 - 2016

Helped growing the UX discipline within the digital creative team by producing low-fidelity artifacts & prototype quickly to make internal design process leaner & more agile.

The Nerdery

Senior UX Designer 2012 - 2014

Worked with a team of designers & developers to build a social media analytic tool from the ground up that identifies influencers & prioritizes opportunities; led multi-industry projects by facilitating discovery workshops, mentoring junior designers & producing UX artifacts for internal & external stakeholders. Clients include Best Buy, Medtronic, Optum Health, Thomson Reuters.

The Lacek Group, a division of Ogilvy

Senior Interactive Art Director 2005 - 2012

Provided design direction for Starwood Hotels & Resorts' loyalty program digital marketing materials, including emails, banner ads and promotional web sites.

CRC Marketing Solutions

User Interface Designer 1998 - 2005

Led interactive & digital design efforts by designing websites, online animated banner ads, HTML newsletters, interactive kiosk, video editing and corporate identity for accounts like 3M, Ecolab, Häagen-Dazs, Pillsbury and Thomson Reuters.

Meyer Marketing (now Agency 128)

Graphic Designer 1998

Assisted the creative department in design & production of various marketing materials from logo design, print brochures, ads and storyboards for TV commercials

Education

St. Cloud State University, Minnesota

Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications & Graphic Design 1998

Skills

  • Art / creative direction
  • Visual design
  • Interaction Design & Prototyping
  • Information Architecture
  • User Research

Tools

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • OmniGraffle
  • Axure
  • Adobe Edge
  • Apple Keynote