Michael Caruso
User Interface Design, Playa Vista California United States
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Contact details
13151 Fountain Park Dr. Apt C401
Tel: 310 8901187
Brief Summary
I am an artist who works in UI/UX design, iOS and web development for a living. I have many colors.
• Warner Bros.
• Sony Pictures
• Seagate Technology
• Sheetz, Inc.
• Griswold Controls 
• Casa Kimball 
Professional Experience

SENIOR UI/UX ARCHITECT and DEVELOPMENT Professional with world-class user interface and user experience design skills - developed and cultivated over fifteen years in the entertainment, education, insurance and high-tech industries.

Designed, architected and built full working prototypes of Warner Bros Web, iPad and iPhone applications (Called MMS 3) utilizing DHTMLX, jQuery, HTML5, CSS3, PHP, MySQL, Sqlite along with Xcode and Objective-C Frameworks. This is a high visibility application used by WB Top Executives and Movie Directors.
Developer of numerous high-profile web sites for MSN Entertainment including the Emmy Awards and “What's New on DVD”. There I developed a “near expert” knowledge of utilizing CSS across every major browser, handling exceptions and best practices.

Architect and developer for CCMS – A system I designed at PureSafety for tracking product inventory and usage. Built utilizing PHP/MySQL/jQuery/HTML/CSS2+3.

Freelance, cross-platform, web designer and developer experienced in marketing and e-commerce sites, such as “Casa Kimball” http://www.casakimball.com.


Full Time Consultant with UST Global

Senior UX/UI Architect, Sheetz, Altoona, Pennsylvania, Present
Creation of a mobile app for iOS and Android similar to competitors like Starbucks.
Responsible for requirements, conceptual designs, wireframes and storyboards.
Key liason between client and development team.

Senior UX/UI Architect, Wellpoint, Richmond, Virgina, 2012
Analyzed and provided long-term strategies for improving the user experience and maintainability of their site; It is a nationwide member portal for those using Wellpoint health insurance services.

Additional details:
In-depth analysis and hands-on improvements to critical UI issues.
Site review published which visually details high level tag & selector structure for their private and public sites.This document visually detailed the common structures used across pages.
Identification of page dependencies and cross-page linkage.
Published findings which detail improvements in content, CSS, images and Javascript.
Published paper on “Digital Usability Strategies” as a high-level guide for new team members.
Developed curriculum and provided training on Introductory BOM, DOM, JavaScript and jQuery

Senior UX/UI Architect, Warner Bros. Pictures, Burbank, California, 2011-12
Creation of comps, wireframes, working prototypes and mockups for the Movie Management System (MMS III).

Additional Details:
multi-window, multi-panel user interface with drag-n-drop and resizing capabilities
over 50 web-based wireframes
41 iPad wireframes
14 iPhone wireframes
3 different proposed comps
working web prototype on PHP/CodeIgniter/MySQL
web graphics utilizing CSS3 features such as gradients, borders and specialty ttf fonts – created initial stylesheets with prototypes
iPad and iPhone mockups created in Xcode 4 with storyboarding
tool recommendations include jQuery and DHTMLX

Senior UX/UI Architect, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Los Angeles, California, 2011
Creation of working wireframes and working prototypes for the Concept to Camera application.

Additional details:
creation of logo/logotypes
color guides/schemes
custom widgets utilizing jQuery, CSS3 and HTML5
working web mockups cross browser compatible

UI Designer and Developer, Microsoft, Bellevue, Washington, 2011
MSN Entertainment (http://entertainment.msn.com) has verticals in Music, TV, Movies and Celebrities that drive millions of page views a day. Responsible for new sub-site design and development (FALL TV Guide, Emmy Awards, New On DVD). Direct HTML, CSS and JS/jQuery code development based on design comps.

Design and creation of page sub-modules utilizing XML news feeds, Facebook plugins and Twitter. Responsible for the creation of photo and thumbnail galleries, as well as the inclusion of video and SEO links.

Freelance Web and Mobile Designer, 2007 - Present
DITTO is an online greeting creator for web and mobile
responsible for concepts, comps, wireframes, storyboards and user interface development
CODE-IT/BREAK-IT is an educational game for the iPhone and iPad (currently in development)
responsible for all GUI, database, and system design; creation of functional specifications, wire frames and data flow diagrams.
responsible for the development, testing and deployment of this Objective-C based application
ICD | MAPPER - iPhone application for the medical/billing industry
utility to provide a quick and convenient way to convert ICD 9 codes to ICD 10 and vice versa
responsible for business analysis, functional specifications interface design and development
TIP$- iPhone application for quickly providing recommended tip amounts and bill totals
forty page site that markets luxury rental villas in the Caribbean
built using XHTML 1.0 Transitional, CSS, PHP, Flash CS4, ActionScript 2.0
responsible for identifying requirements, building prototypes, design, development and cross-browser validation (IE6, IE7, Safari, Firefox, Opera)
special site features include XML-based menu system, PHP online inquiry form, custom ActionScript picture galleries and reservations calendar

Content Development Lead, PureSafety, Nashville, Tennessee, 2009 – 2010
Designed the user interface and experience for the CCMS application which included 60 user functions – CCMS is a web based system for managing course inventory, updates and deliveries. Utilized XHTML, CSS, jQuery and YUI tools for prototyping.

Designed and developed user interface skins and trailers for courses and course catalogs using Flash, ActionScript, and XML. Major clients include Rockwell Collins, Cummins Engines and Prestige Cruise Lines.

Designed user interfaces for client e-commerce portals (CSS/Flash/.NET/C#) (third party vendors that can resell courses via PureSafety’s hosted Learning Management System).

Responsible for rebranding client websites to PureSafety’s upgraded SAS Learning Management System. Created enterprise CSS templates, identified minimum classes and id’s for use with all pages, and trained designers on re-branding steps.

Development Lead, Asurion, Nashville, Tennessee, 2006 – 2008
Responsible for user interface improvements to the Roadside Assistance system – this resulted in decreased issues in downstream payables systems and improved transactional throughput.

Responsible for the functional specifications for various projects including Demand Planning/Material Requirements Planning and Warehouse Management Systems. Documented business, system and operational requirements, use-cases, user roles/personas and created respective wireframes and interaction diagrams for group evaluation and discussion.

Development Manager, Seagate Technology, Scotts Valley, California, 2001 - 2005
Led a three person team responsible for supporting SOLO, Seagate’s ecommerce application for purchasing disc drives through the web. Led the design and development of ACTRAC, an intranet activity tracking application used by various departments at Seagate Technology.

Conceived, designed and produced the BSAS (Business System Analysis and Support) website at Seagate Technology. Successfully met the challenge of creating a website that promoted the group’s image and credibility, providing a knowledge resource for customers, and staying within the branding and style sheet standards set forth by the company.

Senior Systems Analyst; Manager, Seagate Technology, 1994 - 2000
Responsible for satisfying international customer requirements, user interface design, and information architecture of twenty-two application screens. This system is still in use today and facilitates the shipment of over eighteen million drives a quarter.

Designed and developed new laser-based report layouts to replace costly, pre-printed forms.

Web design including XHTML, CSS, PHP and JavaScript/jQuery, 11 years
Adobe Photoshop, 8 years experience
Adobe Illustrator, 7 years experience
Adobe InDesign, 3 years experience
Visio and OmniGraffle

University of California Santa Cruz, California
Certificate in Media Design and Visual Communication. Coursework included basic and advanced typography, universal design principles, and multimedia design. Studied advanced visual communication principles under John Barretto, Tolleson Design, San Francisco. Studied color principles and theory under the instruction of Gwen Amos.

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science; concentration in graphics, animation and imaging. 
Awards and Recognition
• Seagate Key Employee Bonus Program (7 years – awarded to only 10% of Seagate employees)
• Six Sigma Green Belt (2005)
• Scotts Valley first place community art award – 2005
• Parenting Magazine first place photo award in 2003 – Toddler category
• Xerox PEER award – two months

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