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I'm a Digital Product Designer, User Experience Designer, and Prototyper. Currently Product Design Lead at CircleCI. Previously at Planet Labs and Leap Motion. I like putting my energy behind awesome products that can change our world and I like to work with smart and passionate people, so feel free to get in touch even if it's only to say hello.
One part Product Designer
one part UI & UX Designer
one part Prototyper
one part Problem Solver
one part Curiousity
one part Logical
one part Expressive
Stirred and not shaken.
I wear many hats.
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Yours truly,

Jared

PS Still interested?

I design and develop things to help people interact with things. In other words, I spend time trying to understand how people interact with technology (computers, websites, applications, and other things) and I try to design better ways for them to do so.

I am a great communicator with a talent for aligning design, development, and business goals. I shine in the connection between developers and designers and love being a bridge in that gap. And I'm t-shaped. If you your team needs an empathic generalist who can do UX and UI design, prototype and development but also understand the big picture, I'm good to have around. I'm very curious.

My specialties include product visioning, ideation techniques, contextual inquiry, interaction design, interface design, usability testing and research. I use Sketch, HTML5, CSS3 (LESS & Sass), JS, Sublime Text, Git/GitHub, Agile/Pivotal, Shell/Terminal, WordPress, Creative Suite, and countless web and client apps. I have a blend of desktop and mobile, device-agnostic ux/ui design, prototyping, and coding skills.

I'm an all around nice guy too! Daddy-o, main squeeze, gypsy jazz pompeur, off-piste skier, sailor, skater, kook surfer, and mini-golf master. I'm originally from New York and came to the Bay area by way of Vermont. Before Planet Labs and Leap Motion I was founding and failing companies and running a web design consultancy (for about 10 years) for amazing clients in the restaurant, bar and wine industries. I have two degrees but seldom speak of them. One taught me to think big and small, the other to be a skeptic (think harder.)

Thoughts on Design

  • Design is a method of problem solving.
  • Design is about trying to figure out elegant ways to do things.
  • If you are a designer, you have the experience of looking at it, and intuitively knowing that something isn’t right—that it can be better.
  • We are all designers; our job is to get good things shipped.
  • Err on the side of caring too much.
  • Interface design should drive product development because the interface is what people actually use.
  • New insights can appear at any stage of a product or project, so the development process should optimize for incorporating those inevitable insights.
  • There's no such thing as 'done'.
  • Sometimes decisions should be made scientifically, other times they should be based on emotion and intuition.
  • Include people. Generate ideas. Learn things. Experience and exercise empathy. Get data. Interpret data. In other words, build, measure, learn. Rinse and repeat.
  • It is hard to achieve greatness on your own. Surround yourself with others who also desire greatness.
  • When deciding between different ideas, the simplest is often the best choice.
  • Charles Eames said "Design is a a plan for arranging elements in such a way as to best accomplish a particular purpose." I humbly agree.
  • Focus on the problem. It is dangerous to fall in love with an idea and waste a bunch of time. However if you focus on a problem - something that causes pain or frustration or is an unmet need - you know you are not just building a fantasy.
  • Design (and designers) can change the world.
  • Design is for people, not products.
  • You can solve complex problems with simple, beautiful and intuitive solutions. The more complex the problem is, the simpler the solution can be.
  • Great designers seek to go far beyond understanding what people want to truly uncovering why they want it.

These are some of the best articles I've read on design, product design, interface and experience design:

Some others on Product and Product Teams:

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I like putting my energy behind awesome products that can change our world and I like to work with smart and passionate people, so feel free to get in touch even if it's only to say hello.