Write to me
rach@rachelmax.com
Call me
+44 074646 87840
Specialties
Creative Direction
Design Management
Mobile Product Design
Visual Design
User Experience Design
Motion Design
Physical Computing
Prototyping
Creative Coding
Typography
Tools
openFrameworks
Processing
MAX 8
Machine Learning
Arduino
After Effects
Unity
Sketch
Photoshop
Illustrator
Cinema 4D
HTML
CSS
Bootstrap 4
Keynote
Rachel Max

I am a designer with over fifteen years of experience in mobile product design, user experience design, and animation. I am looking to join a team doing design centered work which combines tactile product design with interactive, immersive experiences.

For the past three years, I’ve been pursuing an MFA in Design and an MA in Computatonal Art in order to expand my design practice and become more technical. After many years in the United States, I currently reside in London and hold Irish citizeniship. Download my CV.
Employment history

Designer, Consultant, and Creative Technologist, 09/16 - present
Consultant for start-ups on design and strategy including Forward Labs. Designed, prototyped, and built over 15 interactive projects during my MFA and MA.

Coffee Meets Bagel, Head of Product Design, 11/15 - 09/16
I supervised the design of iOS and Android apps, provided career mentorship to junior designers, and served as a liaison to other departments. I managed project milestones and deadlines for my team as well as being lead designer. I also conducted research and user testing. Check out some of the work I did at CMB including the Android App Redesign, a custom iOS Sticker pack, examples of animated UI, marketing Gifs, and iOS App Gamification.

Hotel Tonight, Senior Product Designer, 2/15 - 11/15
UX design, UI design, and interaction design for new features on the iOS platform. I also worked closely with developers to implement designs. Examples of work I did at HT are the redesigned iOS App and Check Out Experience. I also introduced animation into the UI.

Houzz, Product Designer, 1/14 - 2/15
I did visual design, interaction design, user experience design, and motion design to help create a cohesive, beautiful user experience for the Houzz iOS and Android apps. I also contributed to the Houzz video projects as a title designer and art director. Examples of the work I did for Houzz are the mobile Apps Onboarding Experience, mobile Splash Screens, and titles for Houzz TV, some of which can be also be seen as on my Reel.

Apple, Inc., Senior Animator and Designer, 09/07 - 06/13
I worked on iMovie (Desktop and iOS), iPhoto, Garageband, Aperture, and iOS Cards App. Helped design overall User Experience of consumer applications. Designed motion of UI and transitions between states in iPhoto, Aperture, Garageband. Designed content for iMovie and iPhoto titles, themes, and slideshows. Prototyped iteratively, developed and nurtured strong relationships with engineers. Was responsible for spec delivery, working within OS constraints, and creative direction for implementation of designs. In 2007, Designed original titles which 3 Million users could easily drop into their projects. Licensed new fonts. Built final titles in Quartz Composer.

Freelance Broadcast Designer and Animator, NYC, 03/03 - 08/07
Design, Animation, Compositing, Authoring, Art Direction. Clients Included: Big Film Design, Nickelodeon, MTV, BAM, Sesame Workshop, Bright Eyes Tour Visuals, Nike, The History Channel, NBC Universal, and Discovery Kids. Some of this work can be seen on my Reel.

Slamdance Film Festival East Coast Coordinator, 2004 - 2006
Managed screenings and Q&As in NYC at the DGA and in the East Village of award-winning Slamdance films. Shook Ryan Gosling’s hand, TWICE.

Shorts International, Writer, Director, Animator, 2001 - 2004
Made four short award-winning animated films that have screened in over 80 festivals worldwide and on IFC, Sundance, and Comedy Central. A couple of these can be seen here.
Speaking engagements and shows

September 2019 - Threads, Computational Arts MA Degree Show, St. James Hatcham Church, New Cross, London

April 2019 - BANG!, Play With Your Food Performance, SET Dalston, London

May 2019 - 2POP||!2POP, Goldsmiths MA/MFA Pop-up Show, Ben Pimlott Building, New Cross, London

Feb 2019 - Get Lerped, Goldsmiths MA/MFA Pop-up Show, St. James Hatcham Church, New Cross, London

March 2019 - Play With Your Food Performance, St. James Hatcham Church, New Cross, London

June 2018 - I Just Wanted To Make A Pillow That Would Talk To Me, MFA Exhibition, Jan and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum, UC Davis, USA.

September 2017 - Transduction, performance by Jiayi Young. I acted as both an assistant and participant. Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria

September 2014 - More Cowbell, artist talk on the importance of playfulness and humor in Design. Reasons To Be Creative Conference, Brighton, England.
Patents

Printed Item Selection Interface - US20120050788A1 - Publication Date March 1, 2012

Filtering Based on Device Orientation - US20140092125A1 - Publication Date April 3, 2014
Education

MA Computational Arts, expected Sept 2019 Goldsmiths University of London, UK

MFA Design, 2018 Interdisciplinary Design including sensor technology and physical computing University of California, Davis, CA

B.S. Cinema and Photography, 1998 Concentration in Film Production with double Minors in Audio Design and Italian Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
International

Dual Irish and United States citizenship

Italian Language Skills (non-native)
Selected animation and writing awards

Best of Berkeley Film Festival Award
2 Silver Telly Awards
Cine Golden Eagle
Best of Show, Rosebud Film Festival
Best Short Animation, Silver Sprocket International Film
Festival 2 Rosebud Film Festival Awards
Scriptwriting Award, Washington Film and Video Council
Animation Award, Washington Film and Video Council
Specialties
Creative Direction   Design Management   Mobile Product Design   Visual Design   User Experience Design   Motion Design   Physical Computing   Prototyping   Creative Coding   Typography
Tools
openFrameworks   Processing   MAX 8   Machine Learning   Arduino   After Effects   Unity   Sketch   Photoshop   Illustrator   Cinema 4D   HTML   CSS   Bootstrap 4   Keynote
Write to me rach@rachelmax.com
Call me +44 074646 87840