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Cara Harpole

The UX Design Warrior

 Finding a problem on a battle field is the difference between winning, and losing a war.  “A problem well stated is a problem 1/2 solved,” John Dewey.

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Complete Design & Research Journey

Queen Pelican

 

Queen Pelican Cleaning, an eco-conscious company dedicated to sustainability, offering a wide range of eco-cleaning products, services, and artisan soap.  (Redesign in progress)

Projects, Prototypes and Conceptual Designs

 

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Queen Pelican Case Study

Queen Pelican is a company is  an eco-conscious company dedicated to sustainability, offering a wide range of eco-cleaning products, services, and artisan soap. The site casestudy is currently being updated and redesigned. 

 

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Access To Symmetry - Accessible Web Design Blog

I built A2S from the ground up as a powerful advocacy tool, aiming to educate web and UX designers, and business owners, on the importance of accessible design and ADA web compliance. My vision includes conducting interviews with individuals with disabilities to get  insights into their web experiences. https://a2symmetry.com/

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Tex Star Biz Conceptual Design

Tex Star Biz was an entrepreneurial venture I led, aiming to establish a portal centered on Texas-based businesses and artisans. The objective was to cut through the clutter of information saturation found on Google and craft a locally appealing platform. This project underwent several iterations, with my friend Sarah conducting UX research as part of her Spring Board capstone project. This research contributed to the creation of Tex Star Biz’s commercial promo video  Tex Star Biz Commercial, Concept Design Prototypes

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Keto-Me Case Study

The Keto diet was the craze during the pandemic and beyond. Thought it would be a great project for Career Foundry’s bootcamp program. I go through the UX design processes  from start to finish.  Prototype, Hi-Fidelity

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Al Muharik Mobile App Prototypes

I served as the art director and project manager for the Al Muharik web design project, which involved custom coding the website. I took over after a team member’s near-fatal car accident. I designed high-fidelity prototypes as part of a larger project, based on the client’s vision written on a torn sheet of paper. Despite my limited experience at the time, we successfully developed English and Arabic websites for the car dealership business. Prototypes

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Reel Documentary Fans Website

Reel Doc Fans, a documentary film group with over 3,330 members, embarked on a transformative journey toward nonprofit status. To ensure the website aligns with our community’s aspirations, I initiated surveys to gauge member preferences. Wearing many hats, I developed the website from scratch, incorporating insights into logo design, article creation, graphic design, and web layout. This comprehensive approach showcases my proficiency in end-to-end UX design and execution. www.reeldocfans.com

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I have extensive media and design experiences ranging from video production, branding, web and visual designs. I strive to bridge the gap between the art of creative storytelling and the science of data-driven decision-making, resulting in intuitive and impactful user experiences. I believe that effective UX design is achieved by marrying the power of compelling narratives with insights gained from rigorous research.

Here are some of my projects:

  • Divas In Dog Tags (current)
  • Access To Symmetry
  • Queen Pelican
  • Reel Documentary Fans

About Me

I Think,  Innovate Research Design

Iterate Empathize

 

A2S

Access To Symmetry

 

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Advocating for Inclusive Design and ADA Compliance

My awakening to the importance of inclusive design and ADA web compliance came through a profound encounter with Heather, a tech-savvy friend who happens to be blind. Like so many others, I was unaware of the nuances of inclusive web design, particularly in catering to people with disabilities.

I built A2S from the ground up as a powerful advocacy tool, aiming to educate web and UX designers, as well as businesses, on accessible design and ADA web compliance. My vision includes conducting interviews with individuals with disabilities to get insights into their web experiences.

Each month, my portfolio site undergoes scans to address accessibility issues and recommend improvement, deepening my understanding of ADA compliance and the ongoing need for advocacy.

This journey is a testament to my commitment to solving problems creatively, employing my talents, research, and innovation to make a difference.

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What is UX Design Video

I produced a short animated video explaining UX Design in an easy-to-understand way.  The inspiration behind this works came from the book “The Design of Everyday Things,” by Donald A. Norman.