I came to design and development through dual interests in art and computers. Design is a means of organizing information and behavior around specific goals, and today's technology allows for myriad ways of translating those decisions into tangible experiences.
Client: "I'm interested in a website."
Designer: "Great! What do you want it to do?"
UX, IxD, whatever taxonomy you want to apply, design in the early stages of a web project or app means defining a purpose, determining goals, and then establishing users' paths to those goals as clearly as possible.
Color, texture, tone and type are the subjective elements of making good products and usually distinguish one site or app from the next. I prefer a progressive application of art direction, working general-to-specific starting with composition, proximity and alignment through to application of color, typography and texture. I like to get a sense of a client's aesthetic preferences early on, and try to distill the commonalities between them in order to drive a creative direction with minimal guesswork.
I've been freelance as an interactive designer and developer since summer 2012. Prior to that I spent eleven years at KNI working on award-winning websites for a range of clients, primarily in the music and avertising industries. I wore many hats at KNI, ranging from animation storyboarding to coding backends to designing and building entire sites.
I’m always up for talking about a project, and am currently looking for projects for fall and winter. If you're looking for experienced interaction design, development, or want an extra set of eyes on some work-in-progress, send me an email at email@example.com
or call +1 (415) 952-6764.
The year was 1979. As luck would have it, I began to exist and was subsequently raised in a tiny town in coastal Maine. I spent my youth climbing trees, riding bikes, snowboarding, drawing and messing around with computers. In the late 90s I was lucky enough to go to college for exactly what I wanted to do, and subsequently began freelancing for Kurt Noble. Upon graduating I moved to San Francisco to help open the KNI SF office, and in 2012 I went freelance.
As for my name, yes, it is wierd. It's pronounced exactly how it's spelled.