Melissa Nosal smiling, standing beside a giant sculpture of the Google logo at a #GrowWithGoogle event.
A multidisciplinary designer 👩‍💻
I have over 8 years of design experience working in the education, nonprofit, and private sectors. My Bachelor’s degree is in Visual Arts: Digital Art & Design from Eastern Connecticut State University, and I currently have 4 professional certificates in User Experience Design from the Grow with Google program. For the latest scoop on what I'm up to, and for nitty-gritty details on my work history, please take a look at my LinkedIn profile.
Like many others, I was laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic—but I didn't let it get me down. I officially formed my own design studio to continue freelancing for personal clients. I also seized the opportunity to advance my skills by earning professional certifications through online coursework. Now I'm in my happy place, working at the intersection of user experience and visual design.
I enjoy listening to podcasts, birding in my backyard, and playing tabletop role-playing games with friends. Let's chat!
Open to new work opportunities 💼
I'm passionate about equity-focused design, accessibility best practices and emerging technologies. My goal is to design products that delight users, meet their diverse needs, and exceed expectations.
UX design professional certificate milestones 🎉
5. Create High-Fidelity Designs and Prototypes in Figma (nearly done!)
6. Responsive Web Design in Adobe XD
7. Design a User Experience for Social Good & Prepare for Jobs
Award highlights and local recognition 🏆
AIGA Connecticut named me as their Designer of the Month in April 2021 for being an active member of their community, swapping articles and advice with other designers, and sharing events and job postings.
In May 2020, I was given a Spot Award by colleagues at Lockton for my commitment to providing high-quality and innovative deliverables throughout the pandemic. This was in tandem with my work as a Lockton Cares Committee Member, where I helped oversee the fundraising and distribution of $16,000+ in charitable donations for nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 in the greater Hartford area.
I was honored to be a recipient of the Arthur Lee Perry Award for Worker Engagement & Activism in December 2018. Community leaders nominated me for my creative contributions to grassroots movements across Connecticut.
When I was graduating from college, professors from the Visual Arts Department at ECSU presented me with the 2014 Excellence in Design Award for my hard work and collaborative spirit.
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