Ariel G. Rios

User Experience Research + Design

Seattle, Washington
(425) 268-5659    |   ariel(at)   |       


I am a User Experience Designer with a solid understanding of User-Centered Design, Usability Research, Front-end Development and Product Management. With my interdisciplinary background, I find, develop and exploit design opportunities to deliver intuitive and effective product experiences.

Skills and Abilities

  • User-Centered Design
  • Heuristics Reports
  • User Flows
  • Info. Architecture
  • Usability Research
  • Task Analysis
  • Surveys
  • Interviews
  • Sketching
  • Wireframing
  • Prototyping
  • Pattern Libraries
  • HTML + CSS
  • Javascript
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Axure


Graduated Jun. 2015
User-Centered Design Certificate, GPA: 3.70
Human Centered Design and Engineering | University of Washington, Seattle
Graduated Jun. 2013
Bachelors of Science, Informatics: Human-Computer Interaction, GPA: 3.27
University of Washington, Seattle
  • Study in the Netherlands: Research Methods in Informatics, Summer 2011
  • Study in Korea: Information, Technology and Society in Modern Korea, Summer 2012
Graduated Jun. 2013
Bachelors of Arts, Sociology, GPA: 3.15
University of Washington, Seattle
  • Minor in Diversity (American Ethnic Studies)
Related Coursework: Usability Research, User Experience Design, User Centered Design, Web Tools and Development, Computer Programming, Data Structures and Algorithms, Information Structures, Information System Analysis and Management, Data Base Management and Information Retrieval, Information Visualization and Aesthetics, Project Management, Sociological Inquiry.


Jan. 2017 to Present

Product Designer III
Microsoft, Microsoft Services: Services Buisness Operations - Bellevue, WA

Jul. 2016 to Present

User Experience Designer
Affirma Consulting - Bellevue, WA

Jan. 2016 to Jul. 2016

User Experience Designer
Department of Defense | National Center for Telehealth and Technology - Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

  • Responsible for product concepts, feasability research, updates, modifications and prototypes throughout various lifetime stages
  • Consulted teams on UX methodology/guidance as needed to uphold DOD and contract restrictions
  • Oversee UX implementation and redesign as needed when in development, specifically
  • Researched new and emerging technology trends and applications for the R&D team
  • Joined the Innovations team to find new technology applications in service members daily life
  • Began research into VR enviorments for stress reduction in children when transfering to new location
Jun. 2015 to Dec. 2015

Usability Research Assistant and Lead Moderator
Microsoft via Insight Global - Bellevue, WA

  • Assisted in the training and onboarding of moderators and canvassers per study demands
  • Creatively recruited and filtered participants to meet user demographic quotas
  • Managed studio setup and execution of studies in accordance to script requirements
  • Oversaw data collection for consistency and filtering for study validity
Jan. 2015 to Mar. 2015

Usability Researcher
Microsoft, Learning (Project) - Redmond, WA

Based on our analysis of ComScore data, my team and I scoped, developed and executed a usability study; we pinpointed first time visitor’s roadblocks while searching through the site to increase user retention and return. I later performed a heuristic evaluation and designed site recommendations based on findings.

Oct. 2013 to Feb. 2015

UX Designer and Front-end Web Developer
Sublime Media - Seattle, WA

  • Lead project development as a cross-functional UX designer and front-end developer
  • Enhanced internal team’s collaboration, communication and understanding of UX design
  • Improved development by addressing design element’s feasibility prior to internal handoffs
  • Reduced design redundancy via company-wide style and interaction templates
May 2013 to Oct. 2013

Developer Intern
Sublime Media - Seattle, WA

  • Front-end web developer on e-learning and training courses
  • Facilitated framework builds through interaction prototyping and design
  • Commenced dialogue between departments to improve e-learning course's experience and design
  • Lead user experience best practices, effectiveness and implementation
Sept. 2012 to Jul. 2013

Student Assistant, Web Developer
University of Washington, Office of Faculty Advancement - Seattle, WA

  • Optimized office contact list for parties involved within the office and overseen programs
  • Improved research and development by augmenting internal collaboration and data management
  • Enhanced the department’s web presence
Oct. 2012 to Jun. 2013

Vice President of Administration
Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity, Washington Beta Delta Chapter - Seattle, WA

  • Improved communications with national headquarters and other parties
  • Increased chapter GPA, IFC rank and scholastic achievements of active members
  • Established and developed communication between alumni and the active chapter
  • Set internal event standards and procedures from planning to execution stages
Oct. 2011 to Dec. 2011

Internet Marketing and Social Media Intern
Cocoon House - Everett, WA

  • Developed web presence consistency throughout social media outlets and newsletter
  • Generated and standardized newsletter design for future iterations
  • Managed and updated website through a Content Management System
  • Updated and optimized sponsor contact list

Additional Skills

Security Clearance

  • Active - Public Trust


  • Native Spanish Speaker
  • Limited Working Proficiency French

Activities and Interest

  • Long-Distance Running
  • Mobile Gaming
  • Travel