Karen E. Oleri

User Experience & Design


Interaction Designer

BlackRock  |  January 2011 - PRESENT

Translate business requirements and project concepts into wireframes, then prototypes. Translate prototypes into visual designs. Work with developers, business partners, and outside agencies to realize those designs.

Create user-centered designs and interactions by employing research-based methods to understand users' conceptual model of a task. Participate in user testing and research to this end.

Globally interface with colleagues from various departments, including other designers, marketing partners, and developers. Clearly and concisely communicate to all levels within the organization, about design decisions, web standards and web capabilities related to specific projects as well as user experience and design in general

Visual & Production Web Designer

BlackRock  |  November 2006 - January 2011

Create visual designs for online solutions, then convert into working web pages using HTML & CSS and following web standards, Additionally, code ActionScript for Flash-based site components.

Support the Content Management and Marketing teams in various capacities, including: daily site updates, creation of promotional materials, development of interactive gadgets, troubleshooting site errors, and creation of complex designs & layout solutions.

Ensure all designs reflect BlackRock branding standards.

Freelance Contractor

Freelance  |  May 2006 - October 2006

Created layouts and designs for print and web for various clients.

College Art Gallery Graphic Designer

The College of New Jersey  |  February 2005 - May 2006

Created layouts and designs for invitations, catalogs, and other print items for gallery events and openings.

Computer Graphics Lab Consultant

The College of New Jersey  |  September 2004 - May 2006

Instructional help provided for fine arts, graphic design, and interactive multimedia students in the use of the lab facilities, machines, and software. Troubleshooting of minor software and printing problems.


Mini-Masters in User Experience Design

February 2014

Rutgers Center for Innovation Education

BFA, Graphic Design

2002 - 2006

The College of New Jersey


User Experience, User-Centered Design, Interaction Design, Usability, User Testing, User Interface Design, Wireframing

Axure RP Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver