CHICAGO, IL — Sharlene is a senior designer at Morningstar, Inc. where she's redesigning the retail website for individual investors. She spends her free time as the programming director for the Chicago chapter of AIGA and regularly volunteering and mentoring younglings through programs like Girls Do Hack or in various schools throughout Chicago. She's interested in teaching, writing, and speaking about design.
Before Morningstar, her experience has spanned venerable global agencies to scrappy start-ups for clients like local businesses to pharmaceuticals for rare diseases. She specializes in branding, interactive design, integrated campaigns, and design strategy.
I love being a designer.
As the industry widens, and the definition of design broadens, the challenges are enthralling. Observing the world, identifying what works, and refining the process.
The excitement of seeing the launch of website or the smell of freshly printed pieces never gets old. Usability isn’t limited to digital projects, technology never stops evolving, branding campaigns tackle more media, and new research methods provide invaluable insight shaping our solutions. This wakes me up every day.