maria.zub@ac4d.com

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Maria Zub

Maria is a recent immigrant from a faraway land of Siberia, who can’t stop studying different disciplines and apply her knowledge in a large variety of ways.

She has graduated as a Psychologist, got a degree in Human Resources Management, then went to a school for Makeup Artistry and educated herself in Fashion Design; she has got to work in every role, generally having to wear many different hats.

Now she has finally decided to put all her expertise together and start a journey of becoming User Experience Designers, combining her biggest passions: psychology and design.

When Maria doesn’t study or work she travels around the world with her husband, challenging themselves to experience as many different things as possible while carrying the least amount of luggage and cash.

Recent blog posts

Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Stand Up, Austin!

We are Stand Up, Austin! And we exist to change the culture of Civic Engagement in Austin. We’ve been given the opportunity to engineer the context and experiences in which people participate civically in order to shift the perception of civic life. We’ve found from the readings in the Q4 Theory Class some big ideas that’ve…

Chase Bank App Nigeria: Product Strategy & Feature Brief

For the last assignment Product Management class we practiced creating Product Strategy & Feature Brief for banking app we were working on in Q2 – a deliverable that explains a product’s roadmap and the reasoning behind its creation and priorities made. A competition on American market of mobile banks is incredibly high. Almost every bank…

What limits what we can imagine? One more take on it.

In the past 10 days, we were trying to find an answer to that important question in multiple articles. We were talking about today’s hospitals’ issues, incremental and radical innovations, more and more complicated relationships between people and technologies, education, empathy and much more. However, none of the articles were giving or even trying to give…

Roadmapping the Mobile Banking Application Experience. Slice By Slice.

We are moving forward with our Banking Apps initiatives. Every student goes in their own direction. Starting at the same place, now we got totally different apps, estimates, timelines. Slicing it thin, with a cherry on top. After doing a one-hour-long estimation together with a developer we were challenged with creating a roadmap for the…

Power on Design – “Designing for Woober”

Power and Design. How are they related? Last ten days we were exploring a complicated world of ethics and power in design, and their influence on our design decisions. As always, we had three sets of articles that include a variety of articles from analyzes of historical events to a Twitter discussion. Readings brought hot…

Update on Stand Up, Austin! A Civic Show (Former Civic Night)

If you are a loyal reader of AC4D blog, you probably know what “Stand Up, Austin!” (former Civic Night) is from our previous posts. For those who just recently joined us, I’ll make a short introduction: “Stand Up, Austin!” is a Civic Comedy Show, an event highlighting the importance of having a healthy civic life…

Reviving the Chase Mobile Banking wireframes

After about two months of collecting dust in far-far away folders on my laptop, Chase Mobile Banking wireframes got their second life this past week! This time, we are going to see how much it costs to bring this app to life. To accomplish that, I have prepared the wireframes in a format that I…

Making Crossword Puzzle With The Best Intentions

The second class of our AC4D Theory course started with a set of fascinating and deep articles. Three classes of active discussions brought so many new and provocative thoughts in my head. The biggest value of the Theory class for me is to think about a phenomenon I didn’t think about before and look at well-known…

Go To Market, Civic Night!

It’s hard to believe Q3 is almost over. The business idea is picked, experiments are run, a go-to-market plan is done! This is real! We are creating an event that will change people’s perception of civic engagement and help them have a healthier civic life. As a result of our team’s work in Q3 we came…

Civic Night: Expectations and ideals

Go and talk to real people. This statement is the credo of UX designers and researchers. GO AND TALK! So we did. This week we were validating the format of the event that is supposed to bring people with different socioeconomic backgrounds together to talk about local issues. We call it Civic Night. We created…

Redesigning Chase Bank Mobile App: Make it smart!

This is the very last blog post about my journey of creating Mobile Bank application. Eight weeks of the Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving flу by so fast! From conceptualization and concept mapping to the very first prototypes and to… integration another product into existed wireframes! What a journey! Last week, when we were…

Continuous Refinements of the Chase Bank Application

The past several days, since the last presentation of the work, went under the sign of refinement and reviewing all kinds of feedback received throughout the past iterations. ====== A lot of feedback was received around the Accounts and Activity sections. First, many people were getting confused on what “Activity” means and what can be…

Further Expansion of the Bank App

At Rapid Ideation And Creative Problem Solving Class we are working on designing Mobile Bank Application. After getting critique on my previous app iteration, I continued further expand the application, covering the features and functionality that either wasn’t covered previously at all, or wasn’t covered fully. Together with that, I’ve been performing a major clean-up of the assets.…

Revising The App. Users Are The Best Judges.

During the past week, I performed user testing with 6 users significantly varying in age and background. Based on the feedback, I’ve updated the wireframes that I created previously, and also updated the navigation concept map I initially created 2 weeks ago. User Testing My user testing included 6 people, in age ranging from 13…

Wireframing a better mobile bank experience. Sorry, Chase!

  After spending hours creating a Concept Map of new, better Chase Bank App I was ready to make next step and wireframe the App. Wireframes are a wonderful visual tools to communicate the intended designed user flows in a mobile application or website. They do not have a goal to show how the final…

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