Hey, i'm Erik Riccardi

I embody the essence of a seasoned Senior User Experience & Visual Designer, a resolute marathoner, and a forward-thinking visionary. Rooted in an extensive design background and years of demonstrated leadership, my expertise shines in excavating challenges and sculpting ingenious, meaningful solutions that deeply connect. My path is a testament to turning adversity into advantage, thriving in the art of problem-solving, and infusing each venture with a blend of creativity and intention.

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My Story

I am seasoned User Experience & User Interface Designer skilled at sketching, wireframing, UI design and bringing ideas to life through prototyping. I love graphic design and working with stakeholders to solve user problems. I get excited about technology and how consumers interact with it. In my next role I want to join and lead a design team to build innovative user-centric products.

I’m also an avid runner, marathoner and duathloner. My goal is to do a marathon in all 50 states. I still got a long way to go.

Erik is a super-talented Senior UX Designer, who can take you from exploration to prototype, launch to post launch, and post-launch to product iteration. He also brings great graphic design skills for actual production of user interfaces, iconography, etc.
-Chris Harden, Vice President Of Engineering - The DiSTI Corporation

My Skills & Expertise

UI Design

I have many years of experience creating colorful and award winning designs. I have a great understanding of layout, color, typography, icons, images and design theory.

User Research

I have experience doing end-to-end user research projects, including creating the plan, recruiting participants, writing the guides, conducting interviews, and presenting findings.


Wireframe is a blueprint for each screen of an interface. Its main purpose is to show how something works, not how it looks. Wireframing defines the elements that need to be present from page to page.

Product Design

I have a passionate curiosity to explore new stuff and unveil trends. Solving problems is a great passion of mine.

My Software

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Balsamiq
  • Adobe XD
  • Figma
  • Sketch
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Wordpress
  • SharePoint
  • Lean UX
  • Design Theory
  • Human-Centered-Design
  • Design Thinking
  • Responsive Design
  • Xmind
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Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, Ohio

Bachelor of Fine Art - Computer Art

Minor in Drawing


Enterprise Design Thinking Co-Creator


Enterprise Design Thinking Practitioner


Exam 480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3


How to Design for Augmented and Virtual Reality

The Interaction Design Foundation


06/2020 - Present

Lead Human Factor UX Design Engineer

Lockheed Martin

Leading the usability design for a new Navy maintenance system that will stream line the maintenance process from 4 systems into one for both aviation and maritime. Over 200,000 users will be using this new system.

Working with a team to build a new simulation training system for the entire Australian Defense Force. Working with users, product owners and developers to conduct user research, journey maps, personas and wireframes.

Creating a new user interface for a section of an application that over 50 F-35 base schedulers use to schedule missions. Users currently not use it to do its bad usability. My job is to redesign a new user interface by using Design Thinking methodology and to build a positive empathy with the users.

Mentoring 2 junior UX professionals on the team by giving them guidance and having them lead UI/UX projects to improve their UX skills.

4/2019 - 3/2020

Senior UI/UX Designer


DiSTI is the leading provider of both turn-key and customized HMI software and 3D virtual maintenance training solutions. My role as the leader of the UI/UX department was to improve the user experience for their two main products, GL Studio and VE Studio. I brought a new UI and listened to our users on how to improve the UX of both applications. I also worked with the US Army and companies like Siemens, Volvo and Hyundai to enhance user experience on projects they brought to the company.

5/2018 - 3/2019

Senior UI/UX Web Designer


Working in Atkins' technology division I brought a new UI/UX prospective to a new FEMA application we where building for them. I also helped clients build several SharePoint sites and instructed them on what the best user experience would be for users. Working with the FDOT District 5 and the University of Central Florida to build a new mobile application to help student improve their commutes to/from and around campus.

4/2017 - 5/2018

Senior UI/UX Web Designer

Epic Engineering & Consulting Group, LLC

As a consultant I worked with the Florida Turnpike Enterprise to build several new websites for their automated vehicle technology program. They want to showcase what achievements the turnpike is doing in leading the autonomous vehicular sector. I also began the process of building their new intranet site in SharePoint. I conducted several usability tests to see what people wanted in a new intranet and what content needed to say or go. Also built the developers a new responsive application code shell that could be used and themed for any new turnpike application they see fit.

12/2015 - 3/2017

Design Supervisor


Lead a team of 4 designers who each worked on an Abila product to improve the user experience. I was in charge of the netFORUM Pro product. I lead the UI redesign and improve the UX workflow by taking 12 steps down to 4 in the event registration module. Also built the application's design system and worked with the product owner to create the roadmap for future releases.

6/2009 - 12/2015

Senior Web Designer / Application Specialist


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My Work

  • all
  • UX Case Studies
  • Visual Designs
  • Graphic Designs

GL Studio


The GL Studio GUI design tool delivers high-fidelity, feature-rich 2D and 3D user interfaces regardless of product domain or industry.

My Role: To improve the overall user experience by creating a new UI and see what pain points our users are having with the application.

netFORUM Pro Events Module


netFORUM Pro SaaS software provides a complete set of membership management features for associations.

My Role: To collaborate with the product owner to design a new workflow to allow users to easily complete the process and to update the UI for the product.

Travel Kiosks and Mobile App


Research information for the Florida Department of Transportation to write an Intent To Negotiate document to build the transit kiosks software and enhance the University of Central Florida mobile application.

My Role: Research and present findings to use in the document.

Visual Designs


Here are a few samples of designs that I have done in User Interface, Mobile Designs and Web Design. The subject matter ranges from traditional web design to health care to virtual reality. I wanted to demonstrate that I offer a wide range of design talent.

Graphic Design


These are a few samples of some graphic design work I have done for previous employers and some for myself.

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The best way to get in touch with me is to use the contact form to the right. I'm generally connected to some sort of device so my response times are quick. Please no spam!
I hate the taste of it.

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