Lately I’m thinking about how to make content accessible to everyone, and how to design products that respect people’s time and emotions. I work to research, understand, and clearly define user needs, then plan and execute designs that support these needs. I’m known for my love of owls, but I’m also passionate about cats, coffee, and southern food.
September 2014 to Present
Creative Director, SproutVideo
Establish, implement, and maintain the visual style, user experience, and creative direction for our entire product. Research and understand user needs in order to drive product strategy.
Completed projects include: brand and style guidelines, a responsive redesign of our marketing site, blog, and emails, as well as all other digital collateral for marketing. I’ve also done the UX and design for the admin and templates for our biggest release: a tool that allows our clients to create their own responsive video websites. I’ve created and begun implementing a new visual style language for our entire product, as well as a user experience overhaul of several key portions of the application.
January 2012 to January 2014
Art Director, Chartbeat
Worked with a team of designers to rebrand the company, and establish and implement a visual style for our entire suite of analytics products and our marketing materials. I was also responsible for a complete redesign the of our marketing experience, including the guest site, support site, blog and other marketing collateral.
Completed projects include a collaborative redesign of our first product, Chartbeat for Everyone; we also redesigned and expanded our publishing product, Chartbeat for Publishers. Launched several new products, including a video analytics tool, an iPhone app, a reporting tool for historical analytics, and a product to help sell advertising packages on digital publications. For each of these products I worked with the team to help guide the user experience as well as visual style.
February 2007 to Present
For nearly a decade I’ve freelanced under the name Owltastic; in that time I’ve partnered with agencies such as Happy Cog and MetaLab, I’ve also done work for clients like Change.Org, Twitter, Campaign Monitor, The Audubon Society, ClassPass, and many more. I’ve also spoken at industry events in 18 cities in 8 countries around the world.
Design services provided include: product design, user experience design, iOS design, ecommerce design, marketing design, illustration, and others. In addition to designing I am an experienced front-end developer, crafting my own responsive HTML and CSS (or lately, Sass) for most projects I do.
August 2008 to January 2010
Deputy Designer, SimpleBits
One of the highlights of my career was working with Dan Cederholm as his deputy designer for 2 years. In that time Dribbble was just taking shape, and I was able to assist Dan in growing the site from a small community to the invaluable home for designers it is today. I also helped with a number of personal and professional projects in Dan’s capacity as community organizer, author, and freelance designer.
Assisted with a re-write of Dan’s first book, Bulletproof Web Design, and with his second book, Handcrafted CSS. Created a blog for updates about a local web community event, Markup & Style. Assisted with icon production for IconShoppe, Dan’s icon store. Researched and contributed to articles on the popupar SimpleBits.com. Contributed to the development of client work, including a project for MTV.com.
January 2005 to March 2006
Web Designer, Saris Tech
This was my first job in web design; I landed an internship making Flash websites for business training seminars after working in the hotel industry for 2 years. Within 6 months I was offerred a full-time position as a web designer, designing both marketing and product websites for a variety of businesses in the real estate industry. This job is where I cut my teeth, transitioning from a Flash hobbyist to a Photoshop and XHTML pro.
Publications & Speaking Events
- Speaker at WebVisions Portland
- Speaker at WebVisions NYC
- Speaker at WebVisions Chicago
- Interviewed for the WebVisions Blog
- Published in 24ways
- Speaker at Awwwards Conference in Barcelona
- Speaker at Smashing Conference in Oxford, UK
- Speaker at Generate Conference in London, UK
- Featured in NetMag
- Interviewed for CreativeBloq
- Speaker at Smashing Confernece in New York, NY
- Speaker at Made by Few in Little Rock, Arkansas
- Speaker at InControl in Orlando, FL
- Speaker at Beyond Tellerand in Dusseldorf, Germany
- Speaker at Future of Web Design in New York, NY
- Speaker at Reasons to be Creative in Brighton, UK
- Speaker at AIGA InControl in Orlando, FL
- Speaker at Interlink in Vancouver, Canada
- NetAwards runner-up for Designer of the Year Award
- Published in 24Ways
- Speaker at Build in Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Speaker at Brooklyn Beta in Brooklyn, NY
- Speaker at Fronteers in Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Speaker at Frontend Conf in Oslo, Norway
- Speaker at Future of Web Design in London, UK
- Published in 24Ways
Elsewhere & Contact
I am an enthusiastic Dribbbler, but I post case studies on Behance too. I use Twitter intermittently; see all my updates on Facebook. I ocassionally post to Medium, and you can connect with me on LinkedIn. To reach out directly, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.