Sona Allen

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Hello! I'm Sona.

I'm a multidisciplinary experience designer based in Chicago. Eight years ago, I had the amazing opportunity to start my professional career at BBDO working in print, digital, tv, branding and packaging. Wanting to create work that positively impacts people and our communities, I was drawn to the ever changing and limitless world of digital focusing on user experience and interface design. 

My traditional design foundation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago & passion for conceptual work led to rewarding partnerships with global and local clients, helping them discover and define challenges, develop a strategy and lead design across a diverse range of projects. 

Today, I design digital experiences and products at Rightpoint, and collaborate with awesome people. Outside of work, I love experimenting with side projects. See a few of my favorites below.

If you’d like to know more about me, my work or want to chat over good coffee, just send me a note. I’d love to hear from you!

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Experience

Sr. Experience Designer (UI & UX), Rightpoint 2017 to Present
Sr. UI Designer 2015 to 2017
Responsible for design and user experience across various CRM (Sitecore, Episerver, Salesforce,  SharePoint), iOS and Android projects.

  • Led design for website, enterprise, digital workspace, app and e-commerce experiences
  • Owning work from estimation, planning, discovery, experience and visual design through development oversight to launch
  • Facilitated discovery workshops with clients
  • Strong focus on client and cross-discipline collaboration
  • Supported business development, internal growth and cross-geography integration efforts including: team mentorship, implementation of a new creative team knowledge share series, InVision, Zeplin and other enterprise tool integrations, brand & website redesign
  • Initiated, led & managed the RIF Chicago website redesign through EPIC. Managed the client and EPIC relationships, assembled a team and managed the project through design and development, which received the Excellence in Social and Community Investment Award by Consulting Magazine

Interactive Art Director (Contract), Sapient Nitro 2014
UI and UX design for DeVry website and Cintas e-commerce portal redesigns

Art Director, Catapult Marketing 2013 - 2014
Concept development and design across in-store brand activation and shopper marketing for Wrigley Brands and Kraft Beverages including physical displays, campaigns, and advertising. Additionally, UX, UI and print design for a successful KitchenAid new business pitch

Jr. Art Director, Leo Burnett 2012
Art direction and design for in-store displays and advertising for Coca Cola

Jr. Art Director/Designer, Energy BBDO 2011 - 2012
Art direction, concept development and design across print, branding, digital and TV for Wrigley Brands, Art Institute of Chicago, SC Johnson, Frito-Lay, Bayer and an internal re-branding initiative

Design Intern, Ogilvie & Mather 2010
Art direction, design and photography support of print and digital materials for Tereasa Surratt

 
 

EDUCATION

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design

User Experience Imparture Training

 

recognitions

Excellence in Social & Community Award, Consulting Magazine
Stevie Gold for Best Interface Design
AIGA Snapshot 2012 (Curated Publication)
ADC Portfolio Night 8 Annual (Curated Publication)
Anna Louise Raymond Fellowship Recipient 2011
Merit Scholarship Recipient, SAIC 2007 to 2011

 
 

SKILLS

Interface & Experience Design
Design Strategy
Workshop Facilitation
Design Systems
Prototyping
Web Usability & Accessibility
Client & Project Management
Branding
Package Design
Photography

Tools
Sketch
Photoshop
Illustrator
InDesign
InVision
Zeplin
KeyNote
Microsoft Office
JIRA/VSTS
Principle

Languages
English
Armenian
Russian

 
 

CLIENTS

Abercrombie & Kent
Adient
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institutes (Ai)
Bayer: One A Day
Cintas
Coca Cola
DeVry University
EMRA
Frito Lay
Grant Thornton
Johnson Controls
JP Morgan
KitchenAid

Kraft Beverages
Meijer
MNML
Reading is Fundamental, Chicago
Rightpoint
Sam Adams
SC Johnson
STOUT Advisory
Walgreens
Wilson Sporting Goods
Wheels
Wrigley: Orbit, Juicy Fruit, Extra,
Eclipse, Double Mint, Skittles
+ More

 

Side Projects