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  • Joe Vichich

    Interface & Experience Designer

    Detroit, MI

Most of my career has been as a visual and UI designer for automotive products. I'd like to do more UX design. I got to believe my prehistoric ancestors were neither hunters nor gatherers; they were back in the cave discovering fire. And then burning themselves.

Work Samples

  • Uconnect 5.0"

  • Uconncet 6.5"

  • Uconnect Access Apps

Work History

  • Digital Experience Designer

    FORD MUSTANG GAUGE CLUSTER
    Developed a variety of GUI themes, proposed new layouts for specific modes

    LINCOLN NAVIGATOR GAUGE CLUSTER
    Assisted with graphic theme development, worked extensively with outside consultancy supplying direction, presented concepts at executive level meetings, facilitated physical models & UI bucks, worked with HMI & software engineers

    FUTURE VEHICLE GAUGE CLUSTER
    Generated GUI themes, experimental motion graphic studies, worked with outside consultancy on directions, developed new UI for three different cockpit layouts, created wireframe layouts for screen & HUD, attended several workshops with HMI engineering & program leads

  • Packaging Designer

    Short term project abroad working for a non-profit company for developing nations. Specifically for the an new in-home water filtration product. First week spent in the field researching existing products & packaging in markets, visiting large scale printers, and the end users in their homes. Second week for developing three concepts for packaging & displays, small scale models, and print graphics, Final week finalizing & refining graphics to be sent for approval and printing.

  • UX/UI Designer

    • FCA
    • Auburn Hills, MI
    • Apr 2011 - Aug 2014 (3 years 4 months)

    UCONNECT 5.0” CENTERSCREEN
    Developed graphics for entire system, working with HMI & software engineers developing logic & flow, integrated TomTom navigation in to existing system, providing direction to suppliers & developers, worked with marketing to find the best balance of features & usability, constant software rollouts & updates, troubleshooting graphics & usability, proposing iterative HMI changes, pixel perfect design delivery to supplier, presented to middle and executive levels

    UCONNECT 6.5” CENTERSCREEN
    Adapted graphics from larger 8.4” system to a smaller format, working with HMI & software engineers, providing direction to suppliers & developers, constant software rollouts, troubleshooting, presented to middle and executive levels

    UCONNECT 8.4” CENTERSCREEN
    Support designer for larger system, worked with fellow designers, took direction for current design, proposed improvements for GUI details, delivered pixel perfect assets to developers

    UCONNECT MOBILE & IN-CAR APPS
    Developed graphics & layout for new Connected Car project, worked with both FCA & Sprint teams, engineers, marketing, developers, & executives, improved existing mobile app with easier functionality & modern graphics, help developed FCA branded in-car apps, adapted third party apps for in-car infotainment use, participated in multiple work- shops with multiple stakeholders

    CHRYSLER PACIFICA HYBRID
    Developed graphics & layout for new hybrid electric van, working with HMI, software, & program engineers & leads, presented new HMI concepts to middle and executive levels, participated in qualitative & quantitative user research, developed two concepts for user research, required adapting an existing cluster for electric powertrain, developed mobile & in-car Hybrid App

  • Design Intern

    • Visteon
    • Van Buren Charter Township, MI
    • Jan 2010 - Mar 2011 (1 year 2 months)

    Made interfaces for prototype hardwares and softwares.

  • Fry Cook

    Making fish and chips for the people.

  • Design Intern

    Graphics and promotions shwag for a mom and pop operation.

Education

  • College for Creative Studies

    • BFA Industrial Design
    • 2006 - 2010

    Minor in Graphic Design

  • Scuola Lorenzo di Medici

    • Study Abroad design & liberal arts
    • 2009 - 2009

    Design & culture & pretending to blend in

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