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Laura Ellison

Founder / Principal

UX Design Consultant

Specializing in iOS, Android and Responsive apps for Enterprise and eCommerce clients

Founder / Principal

UX Design Consultant

"My favorite part about being a User Experience Designer is finding simple solutions to complex issues, all while utilizing both analytical and creative thought processes."


Creative & Analytical

​I've had that mix of Creative + Analytical going back to my formative years.


My Bachelor's (UM-Dearborn) was a double major of Art History and Economics (two sets of friends on campus, no crossover) with a Minor in Business.


Then a Master's (Eastern Michigan) in Applied Economics (pure calculus, math doesn't scare me anymore).


Throughout, I've always had a creative streak with a business mindset.


Right-brain creativity + left-brain logic.

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Business Focus

From Startups to Fortune 100, different industries/sectors, the common denominator to all of my projects is that there's always a Business focus, whether B2B/Enterprise or B2C/eCommerce.


That Business focus has been my mantra from when I first started Leopard Design in the Bay Area in 1998, incorporating in 2000. No gaming, entertainment or social media projects here--that's in the "fun & games" realm of things, not Business.

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Lived for just over a year in Braunschweig, Germany and Paris, France.


Life without a script; an experience I'll always treasure.

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​The Automotive sector is an undeniably real world business (no virtual valuations here).


As a Motor City native, I spent six years in the trenches of Automotive at Ford Motor Company as a Program Manager for prototype engine builds (Mondeo), and also as an Executive Assistant.


Out of the many departments, divisions, and buildings I'd worked at within Ford, The Design Center was undoubtedly my favorite!

Automotive Tech

​​I know both the Automotive and Tech sectors like the back of my hand, and they couldn't be more different.


Automotive is incredibly complex, highly regulated, and at the end of the day a low margin business (always has, always will be).


Conversely, Tech is not as complex as manufacturing (let alone automotive manufacturing), not regulated, and fairly high margin (for the amount of effort put into it).


Thus, the emerging Automotive Tech space is an interesting intersection of Automotive and Tech.

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Automotive Applications

Very interested in the Automotive Tech space!


In-dash touchscreen applications would be a possible segue, leveraging my mobile/tablet/touchscreen experience.


And especially Enterprise applications, drawing upon my extensive B2B/Enterprise apps experience.

Experience Design Lead consultant at Toyota, on high-profile, large-scale, digital transformation of disparate legacy Dealer B2B/enterprise apps into Salesforce Lightning (SLDS).

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Collaborative + Self-Starter

= Delivering Results

Deep history of working with all major stakeholders including: Product, Engineering (Developers, QA, & SCRUM/Delivery Managers), UX Researchers, Marketing, Creatives (Visual Designers & Copywriters), Senior Management, and Business Partners.

Multiple successful product launches including V1 and MVP releases.

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Business Acumen

​Beyond my core UX expertise, being a longtime incorporated consultant / business owner is something extra I bring to the table--with perceptive insights on improving the user experience.

Voice for the Color-Blind

​​As my late father was color-blind, I'm sensitive to the challenges they face.


Thus, I'm often uncovering UX shortcomings that need to be improved to better-serve all users, color-blind included.

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Pragmatic Mindset

Ability to simplify complex business processes into simple, intuitive interfaces. Realist with respectful, professional demeanor, delivering projects on-time and on-budget.


Lengthy track record of hitting-the-ground-running and delivering results--even in uncertain environments.


A straight-shooter who knows how to get things done.

* Yes, that's the legendary Art Deco skyscraper, The Guardian Building (1928) a National Historical Landmark, in the large image top-of-the-page, next to the postmodern One Detroit Center, in downtown Detroit.



Leopard Design, Inc.


1547 Palos Verdes Mall #294

Walnut Creek, CA  94597-2228​


(650) 259-8080


2248 Meridian Blvd., Suite H

Minden, NV  89423​-8620


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