Hello!

My name is Wesley Lauka, I'm an artist and experience designer. I hold a BFA in Digital Arts, and am finishing up a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information, studying Human-Computer Interaction. My areas of interest include information visualization, multi-device experiences, phenomonology, and design theory.

wlauka@gmail.com

Education.

  • Master of Science in Information

    2011 - 2013

    Human-Computer Interaction

    University of Michigan School of Information

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts

    2007 - 2011

    Digital Arts (Interactive Media)

    Bowling Green State University

Experience. ( selected )

  • School of Information

    Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Graduate Student Instructor

    SI664: Provided group facilitation, instruction, and guidance for the design and development of database-driven applications utilizing PHP, MySQL and Javascript

    SI502: Lead discussion sections teaching the fundamentals of programming for data analysis and information retrieval in Python.

  • Intel Corperation

    Summer 2012

    Interaction Design Intern

    Co-Designed and Developed an internal web system for the promotion of user-centered design principles. Responsibilities including research, information architecture, wireframes, content strategy and a custom wordpress platform.

    Performed formative user research studies and collaborated to provide interaction models and visual design assets for use in desktop software

  • University of Michigan MLibrary

    2011-2012

    Website Designer/Developer

    Collaborated to design and implement an online gallery platform on the Omeka content management system.

  • BGSU SIGGRAPH Student Chapter

    2009-2011

    Webmaster

    Redesigned and managed the student chapter website, using Drupal, to provide easier information access, a more collaborative environment for members, and easy maintenance for future webmasters

  • WHIZ Media Group

    2006-2012

    Website Designer

    Co-Authored a redesign, using Drupal, to unify the company's web presence, focusing on improving user experience, making content more accessible, and the visual layout more appealing

    Advertisement Designer

    Designed and implemented visual advertising solutions on the web, including flash banners, static promos, and interactive advertisements

Proficiencies.

  • Design & Illustration

    Adobe Photoshop 85 15

    Adobe Illustrator 85 15

    Adobe Flash 75 25

    Axure RP 75 25

    Autodesk Maya 50 50

    Responsive Web Design 75 25

    UI Design 75 25

  • Programming

    HTML / HTML5 85 15

    CSS / CSS3 85 15

    Javascript / Coffeescript 75 25

    Python 75 25

    PHP 65 35

    Drupal 50 50

    Wordpress 65 35

  • User-Centered Design

    Contextual User Research 75 25

    Personas & User Flows 75 25

    Comparative Analysis 75 25

    Heuristic Analysis 75 25

    Wireframe Prototyping 75 25

    Structured Brainstorming 65 35

    Content Strategy 40 60