Maryna Smit
UX/UI Designer

Relentless problem-solver


Try me, I dare you
Hello, I'm Maryna Smit. My aim is to make the complex simple :)

I am 26 year old UX/UI Designer from Cape Town, SA - in the business since 2012! And they thought the worlds going to end...

Since then, I have won an award or 2 for design while working with kick-ass designers across the globe. I am inspired by nature and love all things digital. I'm good at analysing problems/results and able to find a solution to improve it, one way or another.

You might have reached my website because you’re wondering how your brand, in a visual world, can be seen. Beauty is important, but if it isn’t useful, then it’s useless. Aesthetics and practicality belong together in a happy cohabitation – separation is not an option.

I aim to give my customers a competitive advantage by analysing their current platforms – or designing from scratch – and making their content distinct and appealing. The key questions we should all be asking ourselves are, “is my platform easy to use?” and “is my platform going to be remembered for the right reasons?”.

I’ve been in the design industry for over 10 years (if you count going to Design Indaba from the age of 16 :P). From creating ceramic pots to websites, adverts for print and marketing landing pages all the way through to designing app UIs, I found that my true passion lay in interaction. Looks matter, but they can be deceiving. I am drawn to what makes a user stay connected with a site, what makes them return.

I am a people person - you must be if you want to know what makes consumers tick ;) – and I understand that positive interaction is the lifeblood of any business.

At the end of the day, my achievements are only measured by the client goals that I have reached and exceeded.

Skills
95%
Adobe XD
90%
InVision
85%
Balsamiq
30%
Axure (learning in progress)
30%
Sketch (learning in progress)
95%
HTML & CSS
75%
Photoshop
85%
Illustrator
Jobs & Education
Pending
Owner & Creator
Boho Beads - Bespoke Bohemian Decor & Jewelery
April 2013 - Current
UX Practitioner (2016 - Current)
LOVE learning new things about customers. Through Surveys, Focus Groups & Usability Testing, I can really get them to talk ;-)
UI Designer (2015 - Current)
Visually translate business requirements into technical specs from wireframes to mock ups to prototypes. I even went as far and create HTML/CSS mock ups for the devs.
Graphic & Web Designer
Create marketing assets for national campaigns incl brochures, html emails & landing pages. Build & maintain website incl SEO.
2016
User Experience Design (NQF5) - 90%
This hands-on, practical course taught me all the ins and outs about UX. Meeting with stakeholders, recruiting users, doing usability studies, analysing results and finally prototyping.
2015-2017
Owner & Designer
I wanted to know the ins and outs of running a small (web design) business, so i plunged in head first and created my own company. It was a massive learning curve, but it gave me a whole new perspective of what running a business is about.
2012-2013
Graphic & Web Designer
Brand Development, Website design, build & maintanance.
2011
Adobe Certified Expert: Web Specialist (CS4)
I always knew that I wanted to combine design with tech, 2 things I am very passionate about. Becoming an Adobe Certified Web Specialist (ACE), helped me realise this dream.
2010
National Senior Certificate - 77%
Ah, where it all started. I learnt the foundations of design while taking pottery classes. I was also top of my class for Computer Studies & received the annual RCL bursary towards my studies.
Personal Skills
5/5
Teamwork
5/5
Problem Solving
5/5
Communication
5/5
Pixel Perfection
Hobbies & Interests

Yoga & Mindfullness

Balance is the key to long term success.

Psychology

I'm intrigued by the human brain - how it works & why it does what it does.

Handmade jewelery

I recently started beading and creating feather accesories.

Watercolour painting

When I need to take my mind of things, I love to paint in the forest.

Food

I'm a very exotic eater and love to try new combinations.

Camping

There's just nothing like a good ol' bonfire and marshmallows!

Music Festivals

I love attending different kinds of outdoor music festivals.
My Awards
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