You gotta want it!
Whats up guys! Im Ali Colak, a software engineer, musician, and storyteller with a passion for creating beautiful, functional, and useful experiences. With around a year of experience in the field, I am always looking for new and innovative ways to bring visions to life.
Stories sell. I believe that software has to solve a problem while having good UI/UX in the process.
Whether Im working on a website, mobile app, or other digital product, I bring my commitment to design excellence and user-centered thinking to every project I work on. Looking forward to helping you tell your story better.
Years of Experience
Frontend Developer - Contract @TechmadeMay 2023 - Present | Chicago, Illinois
Student Marketeer @RedbullMay 2022 - Feb 2023 | Chicago, Illinois
Created youth-centric campaigns that led to multiple 2000 can distribution milestones by developing sampling events for student organizations. Represented Red Bull brand personality through everyday interactions with young adults, resulting in 15% average new consumer consumption per mission. Designed roadmap for “Who Needs Wings” campaign for music festivals such as Lollapalooza; led to multiple successful can distribution missions with cans of over 15,000 in each mission.
Digital Product Manager Intern @HERMAN MILLERMay 2022 - Aug 2022 | Chicago, Illinois
Led a team of three to develop an international pilot internship program for MillerKnoll in Mexico. Improved Digital Asset Management (DAM) efficiency by developing filter methods tailored to company's in-use needs' for hermanmiller, dwr, and hay, saving MillerKnoll over $10,000 in storage space. Supported a data migration between HermanMiller and Knoll and synchronized DUNS numbers in Salesforce to make sure brand accounts were correct and easy to access. Validated site launches in JIRA pre-launch for millerknoll.com, hermanmiller.com, and hay.com with a protocol driven approach
Product Manager & UI/UX Designer (Quarter Zero Fellow) @LetscookMay 2017 - May 2018 | Chicago, Illinois
Led the product development of “LetsCook” app that allowed users to find recipes by implementing the food items users had. Joined a startup accelerator program, taking the product through multiple life cycles, to building out the business plan, utilizing the lean startup methodology to build, test, and learn. Led MVP testing to converse with over 200 people about their experience with cooking and observed their interactions with the app. Lead the UI/UX design of Letscook through analyzing user interactions.
Software Engineering Immersive CertificateJan. 2023 - May 2023 | General Assembly
Bachelor of Science in Marketing & Product Management2018 - 2022 | University of Illinois - Chicago
Google Project Management Certificate2021 - 2022 | Coursera