As a detail oriented individual with a passion for excellence, I am adept at listening to client’s needs, then analyzing and implementing the best designed solution. While maintaining focus on business goals I never lose sight of designing a maximized user experience. I have a go-getter personality and thrive with any challenge, always in search for ways to improve. I observe the world through the lens of a designer, seeking opportunity for research and improvement whenever and wherever possible. I apply knowledge, research and experience into user centered design to enhance usability and overall satisfaction. I contribute to the success of a team by utilizing creativity, passion, determination, and the desire to improve products. Design is never complete and improvement is embedded into its life-cycle.

  • phone : (805) 573-5617
  • email : amanda.schmutzler@gmail.com
  • LinkedIn : /amandaschmutzler
  • address : Los Angeles, CA
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Years Experience


  • User Experience Design 85%
  • User Interface Design 65%
  • User Research 80%
  • Web / Software Usability 85%
  • Mobile / Tablet Usability 70%
  • HTML / CSS 30%
  • Axure RP Pro / InVision / Sketch 85%
  • Rapid Prototyping 80%
  • Accessibility / JAWS 60%
  • Data Visualization 70%
  • Adobe Creative Suite 60%
  • Agile Methodologies 80%


  1. Plan

    Define user requirements and analyze competition

  2. Design

    Design wireframes, interaction sequence and navigation

  3. Prototype

    Create and test dynamic prototypes for usability

  4. Review

    Review designs with customers

  5. Repeat

    Iteration to refine design idea into a compelling recommendation


  • Work
  • The Walt Disney Studios

    Senior User Experience Designer - Glendale, CA

    Working on a team to transform user experience for Disney employees and “bring the magic inside.”

    January 2017 - Present
  • Independent User Experience Consultant

    Senior User Experience Designer - Los Angeles, CA

    Helping startups make their dream a reality.

    January 2015 - Present
  • McGraw-Hill Education

    User Experience Designer - Irvine, CA

    Responsible for solving interface design problems, creating intuitive designs and enhancing user experience for all web-based products used in K-12, higher education, and consumer markets. Lead usability tests incorporated with rapid prototyping to validate concepts. Design lead who worked with product managers, UX managers, UX designers, researchers, and developers.

    November 2013 - December 2016
  • Styled Wheels

    Co-Owner - Orange, CA

    Ran everyday business activities, organized books using QuickBooks, sought out new advertisement opportunities and designed them, designed logo, new ideas for products and the website.

    March 2013 - August 2014
  • Extron Electronics

    Interaction Designer - Anaheim, CA

    Defined software requirements, behaviors, and workflows for video appliance configuration software. Created interactive wireframes and conduct usability tests using the interactive wireframes. Created both low and mid-fidelity prototypes using various prototyping applications to deliver interaction and behavioral requirements to developers. Worked with stakeholders and developers throughout the entire development process to create multiple software applications; one of which was the first Extron UX designed software to be released. Created a Wiki to communicate software standards and improve consistency across software applications. Conducted usability tests and performed on-site user research.  

    June 2011 - November 2013
  • User Centric, Inc.

    User Experience Analyst (contract) - Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    Pinpointed problems and gathered insights on how to mediate the complications of several different technological devices. Facilitated focus groups to test a prototype for a cell phone company. Compared the usability of three activity monitors to assess fitness and activity levels.

    May 2010 - August 2010
  • education
  • Master of Arts in Psychology

    California State University, Northridge

    Option: Human Factors

    2009 - 2011
  • Bechelor of Arts in Psychology

    Califronia State University, Chico

    Minor: Child Development

    2005 - 2009



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