InfoShuk Business Anlytics App
A SaaS web application to help small and medium businesses make strategic desicions based on descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics.
I am a web professional since 2001, communicating across disciplines to produce practical, scalable, and user centered solutions for small businesses, nonprofits, and academic clients. I am a habitual inventor and problem solver, only now maybe finding the right idea at the right time with the right people to truly make a difference in the world.
I design clear and efficient user journeys through complex and unfamiliar systems.
In 2009, I led the early product design for Elite Care’s second generation elder care management system. I produced a comprehensive collection of UX deliverables to define a unified product experience with functionality across multiple platforms.
In 2012, while documenting the OSU Graduate School’s legacy website, I found that critical information was being communicated multiple times in different ways. In streamlining this content, I greatly improved the readability of the new website.
In 2013, I led the website redesign efforts for the OSU Graduate School. During this time, I designed an efficient and highly praised browsing interface to address the long standing challenge of finding information about current graduate programs.
I use research and observations to better understand a project's target audience.
In 2008, one of my early entrepreneurial ventures was to develop a “plug and play” website solution for visual artists. To research, I asked a hundred artists how they typically market their works and how they use the web to support their business.
In 2009, while designing Elite Care’s elder care management system, I visited many campus homes to observe the residents and staff in situ. This provided insightful contextual data that would otherwise have been unavailable to the product team.
In 2014, I spearheaded the user experience design efforts for this graduate student application system. Through regular interviews with students and faculty, I gained insights about their typical workflow and periodically tested wireframe designs.
I listen to diverse stakeholder perspectives and facilitate clear communication.
In 2015, at InfoReady in Ann Arbor, I participated in the weekly prioritization of customer feedback. My participation in this process was especially sought after, due to my experience and accuracy in understanding user input and product constraints.
In 2015, during a tumultuous product development cycle at InfoReady, I maintained clear communication with the designers, developers, and product team. I facilitated a cross-discipline understanding of un-documented requirements and proposed solutions.
In 2016, at an early stage startup in Ann Arbor, I led multiple brainstorm sessions to fine tune the direction of development work each week. This iterative process led to an efficient working environment with rapid prototypes being produced at a regular pace.
I contribute functional and scalable code at every stage of the product lifecycle.
In 2014, during development of this graduate admissions management system, I integrated the responsive Bootstrap framework and related libraries into their VisualForce front end built on the SalesForce cloud platform. The resulting hybrid Bootstrap/ Visualforce components that came from this integration were usable for many projects in the future.
I choose bold paths toward possible futures while making the most of situational resources.
In 2001, I proposed, designed, and built a unique multimedia virtual tour of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary campus. While such a product was ahead of it’s time and typically out of budget for a growing non-profit, the roadmap I presented was practical and achievable, with clear benefits for all. Utilizing the RIA capabilities of Flash 5, we redefined the landscape of interactive web presentations, putting Best Friends on the map with a dynamic Internet presence and a handful of spinning furry friends.
InfoShuk Business Anlytics App
Manuel did a great job for InfoShuk as our front-end lead. As an early-stage company, [He] jumped right into action and began developing a solid code base. Along with support in formulating concepts into product realities, Mani’s communication, code quality and teamwork were top notch.
UA Instructor Training Portfolio
Manuel did design work on [an online training app] for the United Association. [This app] is very complicated, with many users and much to manage in my role as the site admin. The [app] caters to three distinct user roles that need to interact with each other seamlessly. In addition, many of the users of the system are challenged by a lack of computer skills overall. Manuel’s ideas were very intuitive and continue to help me to save time.
… Manuel came into the project mid-design, yet was able to implement elegant solutions to areas of the website that were challenging. I was very pleased with the work he did …
… Manuel took the website redesign effort from mapping the old site architecture, developing a new architecture, creating mockups and working to incrementally deploy the new site in Drupal while working with content owners both in and out of the Graduate School. I was particularly satisfied with his innovative user interface design solutions demonstrated in the Graduate Programs page.
… I found Manuel to be a strong creative thinker and problem solver, he was consistently passionate and enthusiastic about his work and his desire to provide the best user experience possible. Please feel free to contact me should you require further information.
OSU Graduate Education Toolkit
In my role as a content editor for the Graduate School website, Manuel helped make my job more efficient and easier. He not only designed and implemented the beginnings of a great new website that is understandable and easy to update, standing by me every step of the way, showing me how to use the editing tools and designing new ones to fit my specific needs, the work he started has allowed us to continue to excel in a consistent and confident manner. He is a rock star team player, who was focused on making the Graduate School website a pleasurable experience for both front end and back end customers alike. The tools and abilities he helped develop in me have allowed me to continue to grow in my career and I’m continuously using those skills to advance.
Manuel created an impressive and innovative revision to a website for a program at Oregon State University for postdoctoral researchers. Many of the concepts he developed were later used by others in other website development work.