Hi! My name is Dave.

I am a multidisciplinary Product Designer and Front-End Developer currently solving problems at Habitat for Humanity. I'm happiest when Iā€™m making tools that help people work, collaborating with enthusiastic people, and creating awesome things. I'm obsessive about pixels, interactions, and where the two meet.

When I'm not designing I'm either gaming, sailing, performing magic, or playing roller derby. I love creating magical experiences for intimate audiences. A wanderer at heart, I enjoy exploring fringe communities, strange hobbies, and teaching others along the way. Everything I experience gets funneled back into my work. I love creating across mediums and often find that the most powerful inspiration comes from the strangest places. 

 

Experience

Designer

Habitat for Humanity Portland

2017 - Present

Performed a UX audit of the affiliate website and made improvements to navigation, design, and technology. Lead department stakeholders through needs discovery sessions and used their feedback to inform our website redesign. Collaborated with different departments to create donor experience maps and improve donor retention. Created a free custom ticketing system to manage and schedule all projects and media for the Communications Department.

 

Design Lead

MustWin

2016 - 2017

Worked collaboratively with clients to uncover their needs, define requirements, and create better than imagined products. Used client feedback and user testing to create wireframes, task flows, and interface designs. Guided teams of 2 to 3 engineers and designers through the completion of mobile and desktop apps and websites. Used interactive prototypes and detailed design documentation to effectively communicate concepts to clients and engineers. Conceptualized, designed, and coded marketing websites and web products.

 

Product Designer

Perka

2014 - 2016

Responsible for the design of business and customer facing mobile apps and web utilities from concept to completion. Optimized onboarding and overall app user experience through research backed iterative designs. Conducted user research through analytics, surveys, and interviews. Evaluated design decisions with prototypes created in Framer.JS, Keynote, and Invision. Created documention and design artifacts to communicate design changes to customer support teams.

Senior Product Designer & Front-end Developer

See.Me

2010 - 2014

Guided the design of our flagship portfolio and competition app and website. Rapidly updated and tested site designs and built out new features and experiments weekly. Conducted UX research through A/B testing and user interviews. Lead design of the iOS app and created user flows and experience maps to aid our developer. Coded full-page responsive layouts in PHP, JavaScript, jQuery, and CSS/SASS using CakePHP and Backbone.js.

Suka

2007 - 2010

Learned new processes to bring to my design practice and was responsible for designing print collateral and annual reports for a variety of clients. Created unique and thoughtful identities and branding packages. Oversaw press checks to ensure accuracy and quality of the final product. Learned motion graphics and futhered my web design and coding knowledge to help bring new service offerings to the studio.

Freelance

2004 - 2011

The majority of my freelance work was as a Front-end Developer and Designer. Working alone or managing a small team as the projects demanded I helped small companies build solid products for the web and print. I also worked in house as a brand strategist, prop stylist, and product designer for various studios and clients. 

Responsibilities:

  • Developed solutions for small companies looking to grow or launch their web presence.

  • Managed a team of 3-6 designers and developers.

  • Front-End development for CMS & eCommerce systems such as Wordpress and Magento.

  • Conducted stakeholder interviews and user research to find the best solutions for my clients.

  • Created pixel-perfect designs for web and print.


What I do when I'm not designing

Sailing has been one of the most exciting and rewarding hobbies I've picked up. I've never explored a discipline that strikes such a fine balance between art and skill.

Sailing has been one of the most exciting and rewarding hobbies I've picked up. I've never explored a discipline that strikes such a fine balance between art and skill.

For about a year I apprenticed at a vintage european motorcycle shop. The problem solving methodology I learned there is something I still carry with me to every project I work on.

For about a year I apprenticed at a vintage european motorcycle shop. The problem solving methodology I learned there is something I still carry with me to every project I work on.

For a while I was intensely into making puppets. I still have dreams of doing a web series about Ned, the dapper gentleman pictured above, and me living together in NYC.

For a while I was intensely into making puppets. I still have dreams of doing a web series about Ned, the dapper gentleman pictured above, and me living together in NYC.

and I occasionally juggle fire.

and I occasionally juggle fire.

 

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