Dear University of North Texas M.A. in Interaction Design Faculty,

Here you will find all the required documents for admissions to the IxD program. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Luis Merino


Portfolio of Work

1. Student Resource Directory and Case Study

  • Deliverables:
    • Case Study of UX Design Project
    • Live Web Product
  • Example of: Strategic Project Management, Professional Writing, UX Design/Research, Web Project
  • My roles: Project Lead, Writer

This case study covers the entire process for the development of a set of two web pages. We implemented Design Thinking to approach the problem. This included performing user experience research, facilitating design workshops, documenting our insights to stakeholders, defining our goals, building information architecture, experimenting with UI design, collaborating with other teams, and testing our work with our students.


2. Fall 2021 UX Report

  • Deliverable: Report
  • Example of: Professional Writing, UX Research
  • My roles: Writer, Project Lead

As part of the Student Resource Directory project listed above, we documented and reported on our research. This document, which I organized and wrote, highlighted seven key insights, the observations that supported them, and its recommendations which helped define the development of the project.


3. JOE Talks Introduction Video

  • Deliverable: Video (2 minutes 23 seconds)
  • Example of: Video Editing, Motion Graphics, Graphic Design
  • My roles: Video Designer, Editor

I designed, edited, and produced this video. It was used as an introduction to a series of live forums hosted by the Chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District. It highlighted recent district accomplishments as well as showcased what new initiatives leadership would be pursuing the following year.


4. “Empathy and Design Thinking: How Becoming Student-Focused Improved UX, Busted Silos, and Built Bridges”

  • Deliverable: Presentation Video (39 minutes)
  • Example of: Professional Conference Presentation, Presentation Design
  • My role: Presenter, Designer

I prepared, designed, and delivered this award-winning presentation virtually at the 2020 Higher Education Web Professionals Conference. In it, I told the story of how we transformed the disjointed marketing pages for 100+ academic programs into a streamlined student-focused experience, while also discovering the empathy-driven methodology known as Design Thinking.


5. PEGASUS Design System (Patterns, Elements, and Guidelines for Accessible Styles, Usability, and SEO)

  • Deliverables:
    • Case Study of Web Development Project
    • Live Web Product
  • Example of: System Design, Web Development Project, Documentation Writing, UI Design
  • My roles: Lead, Web Developer, Writer, Designer

In this case study, I report on the strategy, development, and impact of a documented set of standards, patterns, guidelines, visuals, styles, and code known as PEGASUS. With several content editors, designers, and developers from eight different teams making web pages on one platform, we needed to create standards.


6. Program of the Month Series

  • Deliverable: Graphic Design Package
  • Example of: Visual Identity Design, Graphic Design
  • My roles: Graphic Designer

This project shows how I conceived, designed, and produced a series of digital and social media ad graphics to highlight our “program of the month.” While we had been doing it for years, we wanted more visual consistency and intention as we experimented on Facebook, Instagram, our college websites, blog, digital monitors, and intranet.


7. Dallas College Home Page and Campus Pages

  • Deliverables:
    • Case Study of UX Design Project
    • Live Web Product
  • Example of: Strategic Project Management, Professional Writing, UX Design/Research, Web Project
  • My roles: Project Lead, Writer

This case study covers the process behind the design and development of the Dallas College home page. This project was particularly challenging because it occurred entirely within the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, while the entire DCCCD/Dallas College organization underwent a major reorganization. There was a great level of strategic alignment and buy-in that was required at the beginning of and throughout the entire process, which I led. After we established audiences, goals, and messaging, I led the design and development of the pages with a small group of visual and graphic designers.