Provided brand-focused UI/UX design work for Edible Arrangements, their partners and clients.
• Laid foundation for a new and growing design team. • Set standards...more for responsive and mobile app design. • Established processes for team development. • Created boiler-plate templates and design libraries. • Managed one intern. • Delivered research-based user flows and designs.
Assisted global design team for Skillsoft’s new learning platform, Percipio. Delivered responsive, usable and accessible UI designs for web and mobile. Also provided user...more flow charts, wireframes, interaction designs, and interactive prototypes.
• Introduced micro-interaction animations to process. • Delivered best-in-class designs based on Google’s Material Design standards.
Was responsible for the visual design of ESPN’s Internal and B2B sites and digital media presence for a decade.
• Worked primarily on browser-based apps, including...more the bulk of smaller Kanban projects. Handled dozens of projects monthly alongside larger, iterative agile projects. • Three projects showcased in the team’s “ROI of UX”. • Championed UX impact across ESPN Technology using infographics research and design.
Wide variety of projects; app and web, training and sales media, digital communications, graphics.
• Developed the UX and visual design for ESPN’s original intranet...more (2008). • Increased brand unity and accelerated design processes by connecting IT and Brand teams. • Significantly reduced turnaround on B2B and internal sites by up to 75% using master template designs.
Business entity for freelance creative work; branding and communications assets, websites, print marketing, email marketing, digital marketing materials, presentations, banners,...more conference and trade show materials and more.
• Created relationships with startups and established businesses in Hartford and Litchfield counties.
UI & Multimedia
2000 (8 months)
Web team designer for a high-energy, deadline-driven pre-YouTube video streaming startup. Concepted UI Design for our streaming video player.
• Standardized designs...more for lightweight ad ‘microsites’. • Provided high-end graphics for website.
Educational games and videos for licensed properties; Blaster, JumpStart, Barbie, Dreamworks and Fisher Price.
• Oversight of development of our newest animators. •...more Mentorship; transferring knowledge, processes, philosophy and advanced software skills. • Increased production speed and accuracy by creating character model sheets for JumpStart properties.
1997 - 1999 (over 1 year)
Primarily character animation. Secondarily, interface and interaction design, game flow with storytelling, concept visualization, and background art.
• Improved overall...more animation quality by introducing x-sheets to the lip-synch process. • Reduced rework by introducing storyboards and animatics for game scene previsualization.
Where I can bring my 2 decades of design experience to bear solving problems, building design systems, and teaching others while simultaneously continuing my learning from seasoned researchers and accessibility professionals on projects that help others and bring delight.
What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
The E-Myth, by Michael Gerber. While I was miserably running my business and life in endless circles, this book reframed the entire world of business for me, allowing me to detach my business from my self and look at other options.
What's your favorite non-business book?
That's tough. I want to answer The War of Art, but I think most would think that this was a business book. So, I'll go with Red Rising, the first book in the Red Rising series. Great sci-fi fun.
If money were not an issue, what would you be doing right now?
Starting my own board game company from a warmer climate. Board games are fun and put people together across the table from each other; talking, laughing, and sharing stories with friendly smack talk. Something that is sorely lacking these days.
What words of advice would you give your younger self?
Don't stay in one place so long that the company starts dictating your career path.
What's the most creative thing you've ever done?
My daughter says it was a snowman I built a few years back. The creative thing I do just for the delight of it is designing board games.
What's your super power?
Mapping out systems in my head. I often see roadblocks, hurdles and unexpected requirements long before others.
What's the best way for people to get in touch with you?
Phone. I get lost in work an ignore email, social media and sometimes even non-iOS texts (iOS texts will pop in on my computer). I pretty much always answer my phone.
What words of wisdom do you live by?
"Have you seen a man skillful at his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before common men."
- Proverbs 22.29
What aspects of your work are you most passionate about?
Can be hyper brand-focused. Creating systems that simplify user tasks and make lives easier.
What was the most impactful class you took in school?
Animation. After having drawn for my entire childhood, I was in school for Illustration; i.e., more of the same. Animation forced me to look at things from a completely new perspective and ended up increasing my skills exponentially.
What's something you wish you had done years earlier?
Moved out of Connecticut. Nice place, but I was in one place too long.
What's an obstacle you've overcome?
I live in a location where I'm a long distance from most metros and local work is hard to find. Through a lot of networking and refusing to throw away my life commuting, I've landed a number of full-remote and part-telecommute positions.