Consulting

A great experience starts by researching the users. Gathering requirements from stakeholders, studying analytics, doing market research and building user personas are paramount. All projects should be wireframed before heading to design and development to ensure all pain points are corrected and the collective flow is cohesive.

Sometimes projects need fresh eyes. When you are close to something for too long, you often start to miss all the important details. Sometimes, you just overthink things and what should be simple has suddenly turned into a complex monstrosity that’s awful for your users and your bottom line. Let me work through that with you. I have over a decade of disciplined experience working with front-end technology and interface design. Not only that, I’m a big proponent and consumer of technology myself. I understand the users because I am one. I look at everything through the eyes of a user, and wear their shoes every day. Let’s come up with a strategy together that is great for your business and great for the users.

Design

Beautiful designs begin with a mood board. Researching the best solutions to ensure the technology to implement any ideas or features is available or practical to create or acquire. Design mobile-first. If it has to be removed, consider that it may not be needed at all. Every element should serve a purpose to enhance the experience, not distract from it.

No egos or stuffy personalities here. Human interface design should be personal, sure; but above all it should serve it’s purpose and be simply functional. I believe in keeping the distractions minimal. You will find that I approach my designs with very clean, functional and breathable techniques that aren’t sterile but certainly aren’t under-stated. I like to label my design philosophy as being shibui.

Shibui (渋い) (adjective), shibumi (渋み) (noun), or shibusa (渋さ) (noun) are Japanese words which refer to a particular aesthetic of simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty. [Wikipedia]

Development

A strong front-end experience should be seamless. All features should work as expected and be logical in their execution. A product should work the same, no matter the device. Clean programming, minimal libraries and asset optimization are a necessity to ensure snappy interactions. Test, test, test. In doubt? Test again.

I don’t get caught up in throwing about fancy acronyms to my clients like a lot of guys out there. At the end of the day, it generally doesn’t what matter specific technology and lingo of the day is being utilized; your end users probably don’t care. All that matters is that the product is helping to deliver the return that you expect. I’m a firm believer in transparent communication, and making sure everyone involved with the development process understands what is going on with normal, “every man” language. It keeps everyone feeling pretty comfortable.

Let’s get this ball rolling, what do you say?

Now that you’ve had a chance to learn a bit more of what I’m all about, I’m sure you have a bunch of questions. Let’s get in touch and get this new partnership started!