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NARS Responsive


  • Client was looking for a mobile responsive version
    of their site. Having just had the site designed,
    they hired us to move it mobile!
SPARK Redesign


  • Spark came to me to redesign their site to better
    communicate who they were, what they did, and
    how members could get involved.

What the @!#$
is UX Design?

  • In this video, Matthew Magain, explains what UX is and why you should learn more about it. He covers how we explore both the user needs and the business needs.
  • Welcome to Design By Candlelight!

    Renata has had over 5 years of experience working on various projects from mobile apps to entertainment to finance and everything else in-between. Check out my history and let's talk about where I can fit with your next project.
    I love a good challenge. Some of my favorite projects have thrown me in the middle of something I've never done before, such as the CBS News Redesign. Let's talk about your project and where I could fit in.
    When you've been given as much as I have, it's important to give back. The issue closest to my heart is human trafficking and I am exploring ways to put my skills to use in that area.
    On my free time I am always exploring new projects, reading about the latest on UX and tech, or being inspired by things I see around the web. This area highlights projects I am working on, code I am exploring, design ideas I'm playing with, stuff I am reading, and videos I am viewing, anything related to user experience and technology.

    Founder, Renata Phillippi, combines a passion for games, design, and business together to develop outstanding user experiences for B2B or B2C web and mobile based applications. Having worked on various projects across a collection of industries, usually on tight deadlines, she is well versed in all aspects of the project lifecycle from user research to design and documentation.

    Utilizing her background in strategy she can translate raw data metrics into user profiles to be the basis for interaction and architecture of various B2B/B2C systems. She has also been known to research competitors to build a case for best practices and the ROI for a project. This unique approach helps bridge understanding between business and design. Complete with experience in visual design (print, web, and games), she has the chops and understanding to create highly intuitive interfaces through user-centered design approach.

    Renata has worked with various clients such as Adobe Systems, Visa, Sysco, AEG, Huge, AKQA, Publicis Modem, CBS Interactive (formally CNET), American Express, LG, General Mills, and MTV creating wireframes, sitemaps, and taxonomies as well as other forms of UX documentation using InDesign, MS Word, Illustrator, Visio, HTML, and Photoshop.

    Recent Projects

    • HRIS App

      I was the first UX hire at an HR software firm who was looking to move from a group of Windows based applications to one cohesive experience on the web done with responsive design....

      Slide Design

      Tasked with representing both how we differentiate ourselves from the competition and our roadmap for an all hands meeting. I created these two visuals for a PPT presentation....

      Small Business CRM

      Hired to overhaul the design of this company's mobile apps, I focused on revamping the UI for iOS 7 first. To start, I got familiar with the web based version of the app by building out a sitemap of the existing app. Then started to pick apart wha...

    • Game Engine Design

      Hired to research and design a game engine, I started with building some concept sketches to present to management. Taking inspiration from Adobe products and various game engines, I looked to make game engines more approachable for the average desig...

      Free As Me

      Taking part in a weekend long hackathon, I really wanted to focus on the building an app to help organizations combat trafficking. Realizing that no one else was going to focus on this issue, I decided to take a risk and attempt to make this happen. ...

      Mobile Banking App

      Lead entire organizational wide update of the mobile banking application update for over 12 million customers. Since I was new to the app, I originally created flows with the screen shots for the entire application, something no one had access to b...

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