Rachel
Winchester

Product Design

Rachel Winchester

Product Design

Summary

Methodologies

  1. Agile Design
  2. Inclusive Design
  3. Intentional Design

Methodologies

Values

Values

  1. Content Optimization
  2. Information Architecture
  3. Aesthetics
  1. Agile Design
  2. Inclusive Design
  3. Intentional Design
  1. Content Optimization
  2. Information Architecture
  3. Aesthetics

Story

Present 

I am a Product Designer focused on elevating the arts and cultural industries. My passion for art, internet, and finance drives me to create digital products that can advance the entire industry, particularly artists themselves. I work full-time as a UX/Product Designer at DigitalCube focusing on our WordPress products, client websites, and other initiatives for our users and their communities. Additionally as a freelancer, I work one-on-one with entrepreneurs, artists, and academics to help them realize their goals and solve their problems.

Past

While studying art history and interpretation theory at Swarthmore College, I strove to learn the impact of business and industry on culture, and vice versa. I even tailored my semester abroad to explore the for-profit Contemporary Art scene in Hong Kong. Since graduating in 2017, I have been gaining work experience in various arts institutions while learning WordPress, user experience design, search engine optimization, and digital marketing.

Future

For my career, I plan to be active in the next chapter of art history by creating digital products with the purpose of cultural development. I want to grow as a versatile and adaptable Product Designer, paying particular attention to ideation, strategy, and growth. The internet has the potential to save the world, and I want to execute projects to help us reach this collective goal.

Timeline

2022

Job

Internet Artist Residency Program

Director

At DigitalCube, I am leading the development of an artist residency program to foster the creation of internet art and build a virtual collection to live on DigitalCube’s platforms.

Blog Posts:

2021 -Present

Job

DigitalCube

UX/Product Designer

We build WordPress products and communities:

DigitalCube provides WordPress hosting solutions of any scale. We are open source advocates, AWS Certified Engineers, and Amazon Advanced Technology Partners. Based in Kobe, Japan, and Philadelphia PA.

Website:

Products:

  • Shifter
  • Amimoto

2021

Volunteer 

WordCamp Montclair 2022

Organizing Committee

Helped organize the annual WordPress conference in Montclair, NJ on June 25th 2022

Committees:

  • Sponsorship
  • Web Design

2021

Volunteer 

WordPress Philly Meetup

WordPress Meetup Organizer

Helps organize monthly virtual and in-person meetings for the WordPress community in Philadelphia

2021

Volunteer 

JerseyPress Community Meetup

WordPress Meetup Organizer

Helps organize monthly virtual meetings between Montclair, Morris County, Central Jersey, and South Jersey WordPress meetup groups

9.2020

Volunteer 

WordCamp Philly 2020

Organizing Committee

Helped organize the annual WordPress conference

Responsibilities:

  • Hosted the After-Party’s Game Room
  • Created the Digital Workbook

Digital Workbook

A guide for attending a virtual conference, a tool for visitors to make the most out of a WordCamp, and a marketing incentive to get attendees to register before the day of the event

3.2020 – 12.2020
Bootcamp 

Springboard

UI/UX Career Track Student

User Experience design bootcamp with 700+ hours of hands-on course material, 1:1 expert mentor oversight, and in-depth portfolio projects.

Mastered skills:

  • Information architecture
  • Sketching and wireframing
  • Prototyping and testing
  • E-Commerce and browsing
  • Persuasive and anticipatory design
  • Gamification and behavior change
  • Dashboards and data design
  • Social media and messaging
  • Product lifecycle

Project: Arts Raiser

Website application for artists to raise money, and other types of support, directly from fans

Project: 'Gallery Pal' Design Sprint

Applilcation that improves art exhibition experiences without distraction

12.2019 – 3.2020

Job

Splat

Digital Marketing Intern

Responsibilities included:

  • Mailchimp email marketing
  • Copywriting & content marketing
  • Google search ads
  • Wireframing, landing page design, and other UX design duties
  • Social media management and content creation on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter
  • General account management and client communications
  • Various front-end development duties using WordPress
  • Various search engine optimization duties
4.2019 – 7.2019
Volunteer 

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Art Talks - Program Designer & Coordinator

A few days every month, I voluntarily led 30-minute discussions in the galleries with the museum’s security officers as a way to improve institutional inclusion. With a few officers in a gallery at a time, I started discussions by posing a question or giving a topic and letting the conversation lead where it may. We covered issues of race, class, age, and gender. While keeping the conversation constructive, I introduced new ideas, information, and theories that I have learned in my time as an art history major, museum studies intern, and visitors services employee. They shared their insights from working in the galleries observing the museum and it’s visitors everyday. 

Purpose:

  • Inclusion within the institution: allow the officers (Allied Secuirty contractors) to take part in art-related activities with museum staff
  • Increase officers’ ability to answer visitors’ questions
  • Activate the collection
  • Recognize the officers’ artistic and intellectual interests
  • Teach the officers topics in museum studies, art appreciation, and art interpretation
  • Provide the officers with an accessible point-of-contact in the museum

“Rachel’s Art Talks was a great and very informative program that allowed security officers to learn about the art they protect. It also provided a way for officers to engage with visitors and enhance their experience.”

– Larry Jay Reason, Allied Security Supervisor

8.2018 – 12.2018
Internship 

Fabric Workshop and Museum

Finance Intern

Assisted the controller and executive administrator with managing accounts, compiling data reports, preparing for the annual audit, and executing accounts payable & payroll.

3.2018 – 3.2019
Freelance 

Institute for Contemporary Art
at the University of Pennsylvania

Docent

Worked with artists and curators to design and lead tours for private groups and UPenn students.

Exhibitions:

  • Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It
  • Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison
  • Suki Seokyeong Kang: Black Mat Oriole
  • Tag: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forward (Group Show)
  • The Last Place They Thought Of (Group Show)
12.2017 – 11.2019

Job

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Visitors Services Employee

Responsibilities:

  • Worked directly with daily visitors in all 5 museum locations, including the main building, Rodin Museum, Perelman Building, and two historic houses
  • Represented and promoted the museum by maintaining a high quality of visitor experience
  • Worked to meet revenue and membership sales goals
  • Assisted with Special Events as needed
  • Worked closely with other departments in the museum, especially Education, Group Sales, Special Events, and Security

2013- 2017

School

Swarthmore College

B.A.: Art History

Thesis: Cracking Visual Codes: How Nick Cave’s ‘Soundsuits’ Critique Commodification in African-American Art

Minor: Interpretation Theory

  • Read What is Interpretation Theory blog post by Rachel Winchester on SwatStories.com, A Swarthmore Admissions Blog:

Honors:

  • Chester Community Fellowship – Received funding to run an arts summer camp in Chester, PA

 

Work-Study:

  • Manager and videographer for the women’s soccer team
  • Mentor/Tutor at the Blueprints program for high school students in Chester, PA
  • Tour guide for the college Admissions Office and Athletics Program

 

Activities and Societies:

  • Orchestra Percussionist 
  • Classical Guitar Lessons
  • Gamelan Semara Santi (Balinese percussion ensemble)
  • Swarthmore’s African-American Student Society (S.A.S.S.)
  • Mariachi Band
  • Club Soccer
8.2016 – 12.2016

School

University of Hong Kong

Visiting Student

Courses:

  • Hong Kong’s Economic Growth: a modernisation and internationalisation miracle
  • Art, Politics, and Society in Modern China
  • Cultural Policy: a complex marriage of business, politics, and culture
  • Buddhist Art and Architecture
  • Chinese Buddhism and Ritual

Keywords

Skills

Design

  • UX Research
  • High-Fidelity Mockups
  • Usability Testing
  • Interface Design
  • Prototyping
  • HTML/CSS
  • Graphic Design
  • Information Architecture
  • Wireframing
  • Copywriting

Business

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Intrapreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Customer Service
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Digital Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Data Visualization

Tools

Advanced

  • Figma
  • Mailchimp
  • Google Analytics
  • Balsamiq
  • WordPress
  • Elementor
  • Hootsuite
  • Slack
Proficient 
  • Asana
  • Google Ads
  • Shopify
  • Excel
  • Trello
  • Intercom
  • Miro
  • Photoshop

Interests

Professional 
  • Virtual & Augmented Reality
  • Internet-of-Things
  • Blockchain
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Performing Arts
  • Internet Art
  • Finance

Other

  • Critical Theory
  • Music
  • Mathematics
  • Religion
  • Fashion
  • Architecture
  • Soccer

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