Stephen Bolen

UI & UX Designer

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About Stephen

Be ashamed to die until you have scored some victory for humanity. — Horace Mann


Stephen is a Senior User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) Developer with over 14 years of experience of design and front-end development of complex applications, from desktop to mobile, for Fortune 1000 clients and the United States Department of Defense. Currently, Stephen is the Web and Mobile UI Design Lead in Technology Pipeline Solutions at Monsanto, where he built and manages a team of User Interface designers and Front-end Developers for iOS and Web applications.

Prior to joining the team at Monsanto, Stephen was a Senior User Experience Designer with Computer Software Engineer, where he worked to bring simple, clear design solutions to clients like Sotheby’s International Realty, The United States Army, and Bridgewater & Associates.

Stephen has also worked as a User-centered Website Designer & Developer at Sigma-Aldrich, a biotechnology and life sciences company, and as a Web & Graphic Designer at Hunter Engineering, an undercar automotive service equipment company.


The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today. — Elbert Hubbard


Web & Mobile UI Design Lead
2013 — Current

  • Build a UI Design and UI Development practice from scratch, establish engagement guidelines for embedding UI Designers & Developers onto scrum teams and collaborations with UX Architects, onboard new employees, and coach for success/mentor as needed.
  • Manage a team of user interface designers and front-end developers for iOS and web applications.
  • Lead efforts to define branding, design standards, and overall design language for use in all R&D I.T. applications.
  • Lead mobile-first design efforts for Velocity, R&D I.T.’s next-generation product pipeline portal.
  • Lead digital post-launch communication efforts with R&D’s Launch and Support teams through the creation and branding of e-mail marketing templates.


User Experience Designer
2011 — 2013

  • Collaborated with developer scrum team to design and deliver a metrics-heavy reporting web application for Bridgewater and Associates’ internal use.
  • Supported internal, enterprise-grade iOS application suite with complete UX treatment, including requirements gathering, ethnographic research, persona development, wireframing, prototyping, and production support of assets and screens.
  • UX Design and Development of an app store submission portal for the United States Army (U.S. Army Marketplace).
  • Led responsive website design products for clients such as Sotheby’s International Realty and Airborne Systems.


User-centered Website Designer
2008 — 2011

  • Re-design of and front-end development for the new Included ethnographic research, persona development, wireframing, usability testing, iterative design, and JavaScript library consolidation and coding HTML/CSS in accordance with current best practices.
  • Managed chemical synthesis and life science business unit web pages and online marketing vehicles with average transactions of $2.1M/day.
  • Developed and iterated on a user-centered front-end design for custom product configurator application with new revenue impacts of $5.2M/year.
  • Developed wireframes and iterated on production design elements for five iOS Applications (iPad: Aldrich Handbook, PubGet; iPhone/iPod Touch: Molarity, ConvertUnits, LabTimers).


Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done. — Johnny Unitas


The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. — Pozycjonowanie Kraków


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