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Ronal Infante Design / Engineering / Photography

Your time is VALUABLE, so here’s the gist:

This is a summary of 5 projects that show I’m qualified as a:

Design Researcher
Design Technologist
Industrial Designer
Interaction Designer

 

 

 

Master’s Thesis: Designing for Distress in Pediatric Optometry Exams using a Mixed Methods Case Study and Human-Centered Design
  • Designed and led research as principal investigator; created plans and identified appropriate methodologies to answer key research questions; developed research materials (protocol, scripts, consent documents, data collection instruments, etc).
  • Conducted mixed methods case study research and data analysis in SPSS and Microsoft Excel; identified unmet user needs; developed key design principles from insights to design interventional product.
  • Collaborated with doctors and designers by leading design thinking workshops, participatory sessions, and focus groups; produced journey maps, sketches, models, and prototypes; refined and validated solutions guided by heuristic analysis.

 

Key Takeaway

I am able to design research, execute a study, conduct data analysis, translate findings, and lead a product lifecycle. See Case Study

 

AT-HOME FLEXION/EXTENSION THERAPY DEVICE
  • Designed and engineered functional prototypes from literature review and ethnographic field studies done at Texas Children’s Hospital.
  • Redefined the patient experience to improve outcomes and increase therapy adherence.
  • Awarded First Place, 2019 University of Houston Graduate Research Showcase.

 

Key Takeaway

I am able to translate research in order to design and program data-rich functional prototypes that address user needs. See Case Study

 

HIGHLIGHTING & CONNECTING FOOD TRUCK ENTREPRENEURS
  • Provided value to an underserved community by developing a brand identity and creative direction from user interviews and client feedback; identified unmet user needs.
  • Addressed those needs directly through a visual design and technical proof-of-concept, a service design, and marketing materials.

 

Key Takeaway

I am able to transform the essence of a group of people into a brand identity and a creative direction as well as execute a visual design, a technical proof-of-concept, a service design, and marketing materials in alignment with the creative direction to solve user needs. See Case Study

 

PIEZORESISTIVE FABRIC VR GLOVES
  • Designed patterns and produced a soft good with unique features; engineered inexpensive textile sensors.
  • Went above and beyond by developing a custom Node.js server, data powered UI, and virtual reality demo in Unreal Engine.

 

Key Takeaway

I am able to quickly learn new skills on the spot as needed to translate literature review into functional, data-rich connected technology prototypes, to design and code VR technical proof-of-concepts, and to design and produce soft goods. See Case Study

 

INFORMING & EMPOWERING EMPLOYEES
  • Led design research sprints and project lifecycles.
  • Developed brand-compliant web apps and resources that reached every employee; streamlined applicant forms and online interfaces to improve user experience for applicants and recruiters.
  • Migrated websites and introduced data-driven, user-centric information architecture, provided technical guidance.

 

Key Takeaway

I am able to work with multi-disciplinary, cross-functional teams to lead the production of web tools that support leadership goals. See Case Study

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Education

AWARDED
MAY 2020

M.S. in Industrial Design
University of Houston,
Houston, TX

AWARDED
MAY 2016

B.S. in Bioengineering
Rice University,
Houston, TX

Skills

LANGUAGES

English
Native Proficiency

Spanish
Native Proficiency

SOFTWARE TOOLS

AdobeCC (Ps, Ai, Id, Xd, Lr, Pr, Ae), Sketch, InVision, Flinto
Design

SOLIDWORKS, KeyShot, AutoCAD
Parametric CAD modeling

HTML, CSS, JavaScript/Node.js, PHP, WordPress, Drupal
Web

Arduino IDE, Processing, MATLAB, R, LabVIEW
Programming and scripting

Cinema 4D, 3ds Max,
Unreal Engine, Unity

Polygon modeling and animation

Digital Photography