Chris Vallejos is a digital designer on a mission to build visionary products that engage emotions and make life better.

SInce 2009, he's done product strategy, UX design, UI design, user research and usability testing on several large scale projects.

He received a BA in Design | Media Arts from UCLA.



The Work

Uptual Online Marketplace 

Roles: Product Strategy, UX Design, UI Design, Testing

Uptual 1.0 is an online marketplace where homeowners can easily find and hire a contractor. 

I was the designer for this startup and I designed the user experience, the user interface and conducted usability testing.

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Uptual 1.0 - Online Marketplace (2012)

Uptual 1.0 - Online Marketplace (2012)

Derivatas - Financial Analytics Web Application (2011)

Derivatas - Financial Analytics Web Application (2011)

Derivatas Financial Application 

Roles: Product Strategy, UX Design, UI Design, Testing

Derivatas is a suite of financial tools that help financial analysts perform valuations of privately held companies.  

I was the lead designer at this successful startup and was involved in everything from product strategy, to UI design, UX design, user research and testing.  

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Visual & UI Design

I have extensive experience in visual and UI design for complex applications. Here is a sample of my work that demonstrates my approach and aesthetic.

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Mobile Applications

I have experience in iOS and Android web application design. I have done testing, UI and UX design. 

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Uptual 3.0


Local Discovery (2013)

Uptual is a Q&A community for discovering new things and places in your city. 


I collaborated with an amazing cross-functional team to build Uptual. I led the design through several big product pivots until arriving at this version. 

I learned ALOT from my experience at Uptual. Each pivot was filled with learning opportunities. A key lesson was the importance of testing and validating product assumptions early in the development cycle. 

I also learned the value of taking action but in a lean and smart way, creating and testing design solutions as quickly as possible with as little expense as possible. And I got really good at communicating fluently with developers, marketing, business and product people.