In my current role as Design System Manager I have led and built out a scaleable multi-theme design system in Figma that allows our design teams to swap between brands, change brand styles out on a given user flow or product and extend the system at scale on a brand by brand basis.
In addition to the architecture and execution of creating a system of this scale, currently spanning 5 brands, I am in charge of the big picture plan beyond the design tool portion of our Design System. This includes the goals and planning of all portions of the Design System. For these efforts I work closely with our partner teams to help enable them to create the products and documentation that their department deems important to have in our system. Some examples include a Voice & Tone Guide for our content team, working with the development team to build a mirrored system in code & to create style sheets that can be utilized by integrated tooling, 3rd party partners, etc. I also work with our UX Research & Testing team to create documentation on our testing approach, tooling, theory, and standards.
Ultimately our collective goal that I am constantly driving toward is to create a single source of truth for all things design, development (mostly front end), content, research & more. We aim to create a scaleable set of tools that empowers our product teams to build at scale with a greater level of consistency & at a greater pace. This frees team members up to spend less time focusing on the repeatable things or making the same mistakes others have and spend more time on creativity, innovation, and ultimately pushing our products forward.
The goal of this campaign was to improve web news aggregation. The concept was to develop a Twitter fed news and information aggregator based on a given users interests via their Twitter feed. I came up with this concept and started to develop it but as it progressed I discovered The Tweeted Times. It was an existing platform with a similar concept, however lacked the style, design, platform and support an app of this manner should accommodate. So I took their heavily lacking platform and redesigned it to accomodate more features and devices.
The goal of this campaign was to use technology to improve the quality of life for the homeless population in San Francisco. The concept was to pervent food waste and to provide more meals to these people. A large number of tech companies, start ups, and various companies have food catered 5 days a week, and a large portion of that is wasted. The concept was to create a very simple platform for these companies to donate their excess to local homeless shelters and soup kitchens.
S2 Performance Training is a Police Academy Preparedness Training program in Long Beach, California. We worked together to produce an identity system that they could use in print and online. Additionally I serverd as a consultant on the design of their website as well as designed various print and apperal solutions for them.
This effort was part of a challenge I did where I drew 50 logos in 50 days. It was an extremely challenging and informative effort that really helped me to improve in the areas of hand drawing, digitizing, logo design, capturing the mood and essence of a brand and more. They aren't all great, but they all taught me something.
In addition to standard web and interface design, I enjoy pursuing and learning other means of creativity. One of those projects was the creation of a small run of handmade notebooks. The theme of these 7 notebooks was to create a very unique traveler's notebook. Think Field Notes, but with a handmade leather bound cover. Additionally I designed and letterpressed a short motivational story throughout the book. This was not only to provide the user a great experience, but also to remind them why they are doing what they are doing. This was truly an amazing project for me, both during the creative process but also in learning and utilizing a traditional letterpress.
There are a million candidates out there these days, and culture fit is often times more important than skill set. Skills can be learned, processes differ, and mindsets can change, so who we are and how we all fit together as a team is often the deciding factor.
So who am I, why me?
That is up to you to decide, but here is a little about who I am and what I'm into.
Many would describe me as eccentric. I'm generally a high energy guy that likes to get things done and work as part of a team to accomplish things most of us can't on our own. I have a very fail forward mindset and am constantly striving to be better, create better, and revise what was yesterday's best.
With that said outside of work this mindset carries over into my personal life. I like to spend my free time outside spending time with my wife & son, hiking, camping, mountain biking, archery, or travelling the country competing in Flat Track Motorcycle racing.
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