Brittany lives in Bellingham, WA where she is an Assistant Professor of Interactive Design at Western Washington University. She teaches topics including web design, front-end development, ux, product design, design history, professional practices, and environmental graphic design—focusing on creating collaborative and process-oriented practices in the classroom. Prior to WWU, Schade taught at Florida Atlantic University where she earned her MFA and BFA.
Schade currently serves as a board member of IXDA Seattle and has been consulting as a mobile product designer for tech start-ups. Her work and has been recognized internationally in print and online publications. Her work spans publishing, packaging, corporate identity, and digital product design. Schade also travels to speak about design education.
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Understanding the relationship between design and business is central to developing a brand strategy. My work is to help companies articulate a clear vision for the future, and their brand becomes a platform by which they can share and reinforce their vision to new and existing customers.
Branding is not simply designing and implementing a logo, it should reflect a story to be distilled into every facet from visuals to nomenclature to experience. Brand strategy begins with an inquiry into values and unfolds into an ellaborate process to establish personality, goals and distinction.
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Visual design is at the core of what I do for both professional and non-client work, spanning publishing, packaging, corporate identity, illustration and digital product design. I enjoy discovering solutions through contextualizing the creative process within a set of rules.
While each project carries unique challenges and goals, I typically approach my work with the same handful of principles: simplicity, structure, functionality and attitude — and always a keen sensibility for typography and grid.
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Interaction design and user experience is my bread and butter. For the past six years I have worked with several tech-startups to build products from the ground up. There is nothing greater than being a part of something new — discovering solutions, developing content strategy, building wireframes, and testing products.
User-centered design methods I use, such as lean ux or design sprints, also find their way into the classroom. I believe in bridging the gap between industry and school by experimentation and hands-on practice. As a result I have facilitated collaborative projects with top digital agencies such as Instrument and BlinkUX.
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