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Multidisciplinary Designer

melissabarrass.com [email protected] +61 466 308 708


UX Designer

Plant Assessor

PT, Hybrid Feb 2023 - present

In my current role, I am working on a range of products within a larger suite across mobile apps and web apps. Working with another UX designer, we build and maintain a robust and comprehensive Style System that serves at least 4 different areas of the Plant Assessor product range.

Product Designer

UAC (Universities Admissions Centre)

FT, Remote Oct 2022 - Feb 2023

During this short stint, I spent time trying to understand their comprehensive systems and bespoke white-labelling services. I was a part of the Apply Admissions team assisting developers in improving the experience for applicants and catering to update requests from our tertiary clients.

UX/UI Designer

Kip McGrath

FT, Hybrid Nov 2018 - Aug 2022

Over this time I helped build a Learning Management System from the ground up. It was a success even on the first test and all users were extremely happy with the product. The rollout is currently happening but word from ex-colleagues is that it’s going very well.

I worked on various projects mostly around management and learning systems that cater for a wide range of users, from students, parents, tutors and centre managers. I designed an active design system, and created solutions for better responsive interfaces, and for the last 12 months, I led the team with all design decisions and direction, working with stakeholders across the company.

(For tools in use, see the last page)


Freelance design

Melissa Barrass design

Remote May 2016 - Present

I have had many positive opportunities to collaborate with individuals and agencies over the years as a freelance designer. My experience spans design consultations, print and digital design, branding, photography, social media, EDMs, textile design and repeats, wire-framing, storyboarding and research. I have a couple of ongoing clients I work with outside of my 9-5, which encourages my skill set to remain diverse.


Growth Design's Product Psychology Mastery online course

Aug 2021

On the side of full-time work at Kip McGrath, I managed to complete Growth Design's Product Psychology Mastery Course. I passed the course at 86% and applied the teachings to various projects at Kip McGrath. I really enjoy the insights and story format of their teachings.

RMIT Online, Melbourne

May 2020 - Jul 2020 (6 wks)

I chose to up-skill and officially gain a certificate in UX design to build knowledge, skills and confidence in my own practice. I worked on a self-directed project where I chose to introduce a new collaborative account feature to Flatmates.com.au. I met all the criteria for the project’s grading.

College of Fine Arts (COFA) University of New South Wales, Sydney

Feb 2011 - Dec 2014 (4 yr)

Majors - Textile and Graphic Design. I learned many new skills under the guidance of renowned creatives such as Liz Williamson and Emma Peters. I had the wonderful opportunity to go on exchange to Sweden, studying a semester at Gothenburg University, then a textiles elective in Gujarat, India. I graduated with high distinctions for my self-directed major project and had my work showcased at the University's graduation exhibition called The Annual.