I'm a UX professional with over 25 years experience in start-ups, mid-sized businesses and Fortune 500 corporations.
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As a User Experience leader for start-ups, small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations, I've authored, designed and established UI frameworks + design pattern libraries for mobile applications, business-to-business websites and enterprise software applications.
As a core member of global UX teams I have managed and mentored visual designers, UI developers and interaction designers. My background in both the creative and technical aspects of visual language systems has proven to be a valuable asset in establishing productive cross-functional team partnerships.
When I'm not working at what I love to do, I'm spending time with my family, studying Russian, and keeping my fine art skills alive. You can see some of this on my Dribbble page.
I have participated in the creation of transformational digital products, experiences and insights. I've helped organizations reinvent significant aspects of their business – from the experience they provide their customers, to the tools used to streamline operations, to the products they bring to market, to the ways their workforce stays connected. At the core of these transformations has been a systematic approach to user research; its proper execution and its thorough, thoughtful interpretation.
I believe beautiful, elegant experiences that delight users and compel them to return is a key to successful UX. Additionally, those experiences need to be simple, unobtrusive, and place the emphasis squarely on clear and straightforward interactions. I have produced well-documented visual language systems based upon extensive design explorations. These systems take the form of design pattern libraries, component libraries and specifications documents - all meant to enable a seamless transition from mockups to semantic code that remains true to the UX vision.
I believe that user experience should own front-end development. A thoughtfully crafted visual language will ultimately fail unless it's implemented with equal care, precision and adherence to detail. Both are two sides of the same coin! I have always taken part in front-end development efforts. This gives me additional insight during the visual design process, and enhances collaboration with development teams.
I believe a successful brand accurately expresses a company's personality, and establishes a unique presence in the company's market. I have been involved in brand development programs for small business and Fortune 500 corporations. I think this experience gives me a deeper perspective in understanding how user experience is integral to a company's brand presence.
"The User Experience field attracts many types. You will find people with a mix of creative, technical and empathic skills. Rarely, you will find what we call a "unicorn". Someone who is a master of Visual Design, User Experience and Development. I personally only know five unicorns, and Michael is one. In addition to his breadth and depth of hands-on skills, Michael is an effective and empathic creative leader, a fantastic listener, a man of superb integrity with a stunning work ethic. I know all of this by witnessing it, as Michael is the last person to talk about himself. Many times I went to Michael with a creative or technical challenge, and he always surprised me with extraordinary results in a rapid time-frame. I anticipate that Michael will be a Chief Creative Officer, Creative Director or Director of User Experience for a very fortunate company. If you would like to hear more, please reach out and I will be happy to tell you about Michael via phone or email.
Director of User Experience, Oracle
"Michael Dolce serves as Manager of User Experience at BMC Software, and during my tenure with the company it was a great pleasure to work with him! As a manager, Michael is approachable, a great communicator and leader, and is caring. He is highly trusted and respected by superiors, peers, and subordinates alike. Additionally, elegant, creative and innovative describes his visual/UX design style. His passion for design is clearly reflected in his work. Michael is passionate, confident, an analytical thinker, and has strong work ethics, qualities that are all wonderful assets!"
UX / UI / Ix Designer
"Michael is the best graphic designer I've worked with in my professional career. I partner with him extensively to successfully complete my projects and I am consistently amazed at both his technical skill and his ability to juggle so many competing priorities at once. In my experience, visual artists tend to be strong creatively, but less technically astute. In today's multi-media environment, however, it is imperative that visual artists have technical expertise as well. Michael is the total package - he is endlessly creative, maintains patience throughout the design process with his stakeholders, and has the technical ability to implement his ideas so that the implementation is better than the original drawing. I would highly recommend Michael for any creative, graphic arts role that he seeks."
Strategic Communications Professional
"As a former creative agency owner and marketing professional, I've worked with many graphic designers and art directors. Michael Dolce ranks as one of the most talented, creative, professional and personable creatives with whom I've had the privilege of working. He is great with clients, great at concepts and great at virtually every element of creative and design, in all media - with a no-fuss personality. I've seen him working on 3 different projects at once, without error, and the result was breath-taking. Michael has a quality that very few graphic designers possess: he knows what 'beautiful' looks like and how to produce it, on time and within budget. This guy is a gem, and I recommend him highly - both personally and professionally."
Brand & Talent Management Thought Leader, Profiles International SBP
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