I am Nikki Schell
Hi there! I’m Nikki Schell. I’m a UX designer based in Arlington, VA.
I’m an INFJ who does her best thinking while doodling. Friends and coworkers regularly make fun of me for writing things on paper rather than typing them on my computer but it helps me keep ideas in my brain.
When I’m not designing for tech companies and Federal organizations, you can find me traveling (or planning travels), photographing couples on their wedding days, and reading my favorite books over and over.
Likes: Solving problems, creating organization solutions (physically and virtually), geeking out about camera equipment, puppies (I’ve got two!), being outside, cheering for Clemson and the Washington Caps, ramen & pho!
Dislikes: Itchy sweaters, hoarders, airlines that don’t have apps, hitting my hipbones against counter tops, clickbait, cold weather, DC traffic.
UX Strategist – Booz Allen Hamilton
(Jan 2019 – Present) – Conduct user experience research, design e-commerce workflows, and facilitate usability testing for Federal organizations.
UX Designer – August Schell Enterprises
(Oct 2015 – Jan 2019) – Researched users, designed mockups, and created prototypes for govtech products and military/government organizations.
Web Designer – Smithsonian
(Oct 2014 – Oct 2015) – Assisted in the redesign of the Smithsonian National Zoo’s website primarily in regards to information architecture and mockup creation.
Over the last few years working as a UX designer, I’ve learned that good design takes time, revision, research, stepping away from the computer, and more. While an idea may hit me in a moment of inspiration, the full design and the experience of the product requires collaboration and an understanding of your end users.
Initial design solutions may be good, but I’ve found that final design solutions are the result of an iterative process. This process involves discovering the who/what/where/when/why, conducting research, gaining deep knowledge of users, and working as a team to create prototypes.
My experience has taught me that successful design projects always keep the end-user top of mind and always are the result of a team that makes good communication a priority.