Curiosity and experience has led me into a career in illustration and design. This began with graphic design, then led into web design, and in the past five years I’ve embraced user experience design, as well as product design.
Over the past three years I’ve also been making the transition from primarily taking on design projects to also enabling and supporting a small of team of designers across a number of projects. This experience has helped me hone my own experience skills, while also helping to lead and encourage others.
My goal with any project is to quickly identify the communication gaps between stakeholders and team members and encourage design thinking through a variety of tools (storyboarding, wireframes, etc). In my work with teams, clients, and customers, my goal is to listen and think about the issue from the user’s perspective.
Automattic | Remote
2019 – Present – Product Designer – As part of the WooCommerce.com team I’m currently working on the Core product for Woo itself. I’ve started by converting WooCommerce widgets to Gutenberg blocks, and am now working on ways to increase discoverability for blocks, along with improving how blocks are used across devices.
XWP.co | Remote
2017 – 2019 – Head of design – In 2017 I saw a need for UX Design and Product Design at our company. After months of internal prep work and discussions, along with a few test projects, I was able to get internal buyin to take on projects needing both design and development support. This work led to successful projects with Google, BigCommerce, Heavy.com, and more. I’ve helped assemble a design team to shape and define where we take this work across projects in the future.
During this time I’ve also worked closely with our team of Product Owners, developers, project managers, and client stakeholders. I’ve helped to shape the roadmap for our projects, identify requirements for the products, and support in sales and account management.
2016 – 2017 – Certified Scrum Product Owner – After seeing a need for roles that embraced the communication gap between our development team and our client stakeholders, I led the process of introducing Product Owners (CSPO) into our work. I was responsible for product definition across several projects, including Beachbody and Penske Media Group. and Google.
For Beachbody I worked closely with our client, XWP’s project manager, and our development lead across a 12+ month engagement. As Product Owner I was responsible for managing the product backlog, supporting and facilitating client meetings, traveling onsite to prepare for future Sprints, and supporting client expectations for the needs of the product.
With the success of my work as a Product Owner I helped to encourage the company to take it on as a permanent role, and trained and hired several team members to support the work.
2015 – 2016 – Team Lead – Began by supporting enterprise level web development projects as a Team Lead for News Corp Australia and Thompson Reuters, as well as Heavy.com. I was able to manage the work of a team of WordPress developers and support the projects by juggling deadlines, budgets and client expectations.
Oxyfresh.com | Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
2013 – 2015 – Senior Visual Designer, Product Designer – Managed the brands of Oxyfresh.com, and BlissBusiness.com, working closely with the Vice President of Marketing and helped guide and assist our team of designers. The team atmosphere was a great opportunity for me to spend time learning from peer designers as well as helping to guide and support our junior designers. My worked involved UI/UX design, product management, roadmapping projects with stakeholders, visual design, and frontend development.
Sabramedia.com | Jasper, Indiana
2007 – 2012. Co-founded a web design and development company. Our initial work focused on delivering great website experiences to small and medium sized organizations. As we grew we also built software to support the needs of our clients. I interacted with clients at all levels, led our efforts in visual design, and supported our team in frontend development, project management, sales and account management.
2001. I began delving into graphic design and digital illustration. I quickly realized my future was going to be in web technology of some sort, and I threw myself into learning.
2002. I took a year long course in graphic design, offered through a local high school, leading to a 3 year part-time job working at a screen printing shop as their designer.
2003. Began college classes while in high school.
2004. Graduated from high school a few years early, having been homeschooled through California’s Charter school education program (Vision in Education) and itching to jump into college full-time for the next year.
From this point on I didn’t continue any formal education, but threw myself into learning web design and frontend development.
I live in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with my beautiful wife and energetic children (ages 5 and 1). Currently I work at XWP, helping to design and lead the UX efforts for our company. When I’m not working I enjoy reading, running, illustrating, photography, and a good board game night with friends (better not put the robber on my wheat!).