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Elyssa Cohen

UX/UI Designer & Photographer

Elyssa has 15+ years of entrepreneurial experience. She built and sold a leading web design firm, has expertise in user experience design, and is a published photographer.  She creates compelling visuals, with a knack for strategic branding & marketing campaigns.

Elyssa is obsessed with creating captivating composition, color, tone, and layouts that all work together to tell a story and to achieve inspiring design.

Good design and imagery makes her clients stand out from their pool of competition.

Her palette takes on vibrant, often pastel shades that work especially beautifully with delicate sunset tones.

Elyssa Cohen Portrait

Elyssa’s Motto: Love life. Take pictures of everything. Tell people you love them. Do things that scare you. Take your life and make it the best story in the world. Don’t waste it.

Each moment is completely fresh

Design Thinking

Empathize

+ Conduct Interviews
+ Uncover emotions
+ Seek stories

Prototype

+ Sketch & create lo-res objects and experiences
+ Role play to understand context and key feature
+ Quickly build to think & learn

Define

+ Reframe and create human-centric problem statements
+ Identify meaningful surprises and tensions
+ Infer Insights

Test

+ Test with customers to refine solution and gather data
+ Gain deeper empathy
+ Embrace failure

Sketch

+ Gather Ideas
+ Draw sketches and wireframes
+ Evaluate and re-draw

Assess

+ Guidelines for evaluation project work critically
+ Openly giving & receiving feedback
+ Integrating feedback

Tools & Technologies

My Journey to UX/UI Design

Architecture & Interior Photographer turns UX Designer

A story of how my work as a photographer directly translates to User Experience Design

We were asked to tell a story of an era through accurate representation. 

Built in 1911, the Flagship Restaurant transformed from being Ambrose Webster’s art school to the famous restaurant where Anthony Bourdain began his career.

My photography process and how it relates to UX Design:

  • Learn how the client would like to represent the home/space
  • Research history of the home/space
  • Utilize Google Earth to find the direction of light at location
  • Create shoot plan with time and date of shoot
  • Budget and prioritize shots list
  • Create a timeline for the day of the shoot
  • Orchestrate and photograph the home/space
  • Post produce the priority shots and send first iterations
  • Make adjustments if necessary and send for approval
  • Edit second iterations and send to client
Photographs of Flagship Restaurant Provincetown by Elyssa Cohen
Photographs of Flagship Restaurant Provincetown by Elyssa Cohen
Original Photographs of Flagship Restaurant Provincetown
Original Photographs of Flagship Restaurant Provincetown
Photographs of Flagship Restaurant Provincetown by Elyssa Cohen

Outside of UX

When she's not designing wicked cool interfaces, she's often found outside enjoying mother nature.

Life is a continuous adventure and her mission is to keep that mantra going!

Photography

Capturing Mother Nature’s many glorious moments with my cameras

Cycling

Weaving in and out of traffic on her road bike in and around Boston

Fat tire biking

Fat tire biking the single track in the Blue Hills Reservation

Dog Sledding

Dog sledding with the ABO sled team located in Bowdoinham, Maine

Kayaking

Kayaking Cape Cod Bay, Dorchester Bay, or the Casco Bay in Maine

Run & Hike

Run & hike to explore the world one step at a time

Glassblowing

Glassblowing at Diablo in Boston

Painting

As a classically trained painter she enjoys painting landscapes

Love life. Take pictures of everything. Tell people you love them. Do things that scare you.
Take your life and make it the best story in the world. Don't waste it.

A glimpse into her wondrous life…

Bike with Mike

Bike with Mike

The M Trolley

The M Trolley

Rescuing animals on my Cape Cod beach runs

Rescuing animals during beach runs on Cape Cod

"Roses", By Mary Oliver

“Roses”, By Mary Oliver

Dog sledding in Maine

Bicycling in Dorchester, Boston

M+MM Hemlock Bridge

Friday night @ Regina's Pizza

Friday night @ Regina’s Pizza

Cyclist

White Board Challenge

Chocolate Factory

Old Colony Tap, Provincetown

Take a peak at Elyssa's photo portfolio

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