Emily Schwartzman

Interaction Designer

Hi! I'm an Interaction Designer currently working at Nextdoor in San Francisco (formerly at Cooper).

I believe that thoughtful design can make a meaningful impact in our lives. In my work, I combine in-depth research with a keen design sense to create interactive experiences that inspire and help people in achieving their goals.

My background is in HCI and Communication Design. Prior to moving to San Francisco I worked for a number of design firms and cultural organizations in New York. Please get in touch if you'd like to see some of my recent work.

When not designing my way to a better future, I can be found sketching, making jewelry, throwing pots on the wheel, or napping on the couch with my cats, Frutiger and Bodoni. 


EDUCATION

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
August 2011
Masters of Human Computer Interaction

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
May 2006
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design
Minor in Business Administration


EXPERIENCE

Nextdoor, San Francisco, CA
Senior Interaction Designer  |  August 2015 – Present


Cooper, San Francisco, CA
Interaction Designer  |  January 2013 – July 2015
Designed digital products and user interfaces for clients in a range of industries, including healthcare, data analytics, consumer electronics, and photography. Followed a goal-directed design approach for each project that typically included conducting user research, defining personas, scenarios and key workflows to drive the design, and prototyping and refining the design based on user feedback.


Potion, New York, NY
Designer  |  September 2011 – December 2012
Worked as lead designer on interactive projects for the National Museum of Natural History, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Contributed towards concept development, presentations, wireframes, storyboards, scenarios, and developing visual language and information architecture for final designs. 


MHCI Capstone Project, GE Healthcare
Design Lead  |  January 2011 – August 2011
Worked on a team of four MHCI students to understand how radiologists and related members of the medical imaging workflow use the current PACS-IW system, and developed solutions to improve the diagnosis experience and enhance patient care.


Self-employed, New York, NY
Freelance Designer  |  June 2009 – August 2010
Freelanced for various companies including Johnson & Johnson, Square360, and ProAm. Work included packaging, web design, print materials, identities and infographics.


Liska + Associates, New York, NY
Senior Designer  |  January 2007 – June 2009
Worked on design projects across a variety of media for clients in the real estate, education, fashion and beauty industries. Projects included identities, websites, print materials, signage, packaging and motion graphics.


The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY
Freelance Designer  |  September 2006 – December 2006
Worked with the graphics department to implement a new identity system across all printed materials that support performances, events, and all branches within the organization.


Mucca Design, New York, NY
Design Intern  |  June 2006 – August 2006
Designed book covers, worked on intermediary stages of various design projects, provided assistance to art directors.


SKILLS

Interaction Design, Information Architecture, Information Design, User Experience Design, User-Centered Design, Usability Testing, Ethnographic Research, Prototyping (Paper and Digital), Wireframe Development, Concept Development, Visual Design, Creative Direction


PUBLICATIONS