CHARLIE LABARCA

VISUAL DESIGNER

Design & Usability Enthusiast

I am a design & usability enthusiast. My primary focus as a designer is to develop a visual experience around data points that promote simple and effective design. Usability is always the goal. I'm interested in providing genuine solutions for design challenges. I’m expertly versed in optimizing user engagement and creating a compelling user experience.

Industry experience includes clients in app development, hospitality and tourism, retail, health & Medical/professional services, construction, industrial, commercial and residential real estate, financial institutions such as wealth management, banking and coaching.


Work Experience 

TruVisibility - Visual Design & Account Management

Ft. Lauderdale, FL — 2019 (Current)

Successfully launched a chatbot landing page builder. Defined requirements, implemented user flows, worked directly with users iterating design and information architecture as needed to support the vision. Managed, tracked and led all design and creative execution on client web projects and unique chatbot experiences. Managed all customer accounts tracking projects from concept to completion.


CBRE - Visual Design & Marketing

Ft. Lauderdale, FL — 2018 – 2019 (Contract)

Responsibilities include:


Working together with analysts gathering and coordinating complex commercial real-estate data to develop high caliber marketing materials for online and offline media. Working together with brokers to develop visual representation of data. Established branded design materials for websites, e-mail blasts and print campaigns to be used company wide. Strong application of UI/UX principles to drive successful design. Building and presenting strategy/design solutions for upper level management and creative teams. Coordinating with architectural photographers and videographers for campaign integration of video blocks and imagery.


Stocket - UI/UX Lead

Boynton Beach, FL — 2014 – 2018

Stocket is a mobile app development company whose mission is to revolutionize e-Commerce and becoming the next generation platform for shopping. Stocket provides a unique opportunity for brands worldwide to be represented with maximum visibility in compelling and desirable virtual experiences.

Responsibilities include:

Applying user-centered visual design practices to create an intuitive and compelling UX. Collaborating with marketing teams, utilizing the research and transforming strategies and ideas into design concepts that prove to be a continuous evolution and helping to successfully communicate those changes. Developed, designed and refined comps, conceptualized using wireframes as a means of rapid prototyping to underline specifications as a design roadmap; using vector based software to create pixel perfect vector based artwork for final output and scalability for use in other mediums such as print, marketing and sales collateral. Wrote up detailed UI specifications and mockups to communicate design intent and packaged together with prototypes for presentation for final validation and implementation. Educated the team in the principles of good design. Pioneered the visual design channel on complex changes and iterations for new and future feature releases.


Harley-Davidson Motor Company - Creative Project Lead

Milwaukee, WI — 2014 – 2015 (Contract)

Responsibilities include:


Primary liaison for internal stakeholders. Worked with the international marketing managers reporting on requests and budgets. Provided clear proposals, timelines and cost estimates to internal/external clients, and delivering strong creative guidance to production teams and clients in support of the clients’ defined project needs. Coordinated photography for 2016 Model year photography with top level access to confidential information.


LAB913 - Visual Design & Marketing, Owner

Ft. Lauderdale, FL — 2009 – 2020

Responsibilities include:


Overseeing all aspects of visual design from inception to successful implementation. Created wireframes to pitch website concepts and developed the visual aesthetic to deliver final designs for client sign-off prior to initializing. Scheduling print runs and checking proofs for color accuracy and anomalies. Creating or re-establishing visual design standards for businesses & start-ups to follow as part of their marketing initiatives. Developed unique designs and content as needed through research and provided data pointsPhotography and Photo-retouchingProduced video shorts for promotional materials


Westphal - Creative Lead

Brownsville, WI — 2009 – 2014

Responsibilities include:


Directly contributed to opening new revenue streams. Led visual design and creative execution on all client marketing projects. Initiated & tracked projects from concept to completion. Assisted with sales to drive vision and close retainer contracts. Created concepts, wireframes, prototypes and storyboards. Collaborated with copywriters, design teams and web developers. Produced video for promotional materials internally and for clients. Built relationships with clients and vendors. Mentored and trained junior designers.


Education

International Fine Arts College

Miami, FL — 1999 - 2001

Miami International University of Art & Design

Miami, FL — 2001 - 2002

Skills

UI / UX

User Research

Personas

User Flows

Wire Framing

Lo-Fi Prototyping

High-Fi Design

Usability Testing

Iterations

Design Systems

Visual Design

Branding

Logo Design

Design Strategy

Illustration

Storyboarding

Photography

Photo Editing

Video Production

Advertising

Online

Website Design

Website Strategies

Organic & Paid SEO

PPC

HTML & CSS (Light)

WordPress Editing

Chatbot Development

Email Campaigns (drip)

Organizational

Project Management

Account Management

Budget Planning

Customer Service

Sales