Experience

EveryBlock, Lead Designer

December 2010 - present

Redesigned and recoded the entire site to focus on conversations between neighbors. Led homepage redesign that saw our conversion rates double. Implemented responsive web design standards to make site usable on tablets and phones. Designed entirely new version of the iOS app. Introduced project management techniques and streamlined our processes. Hired and trained new designer in app development in general and Django development in specific. Started usability studies. Kept team focused on user-centered decision-making.

Website: everyblock.com

Methodtree, Inc., Principal

June 2006 - December 2010

Owned and operated web design and development business. Created web sites and web applications for small businesses and non-profits. Worked with clients to brainstorm the concept and necessary functions of their site, design the visual layout, and program all necessary code to create a finished site, from HTML to content management systems. Used skills in visual design, information design, programming and business consulting to deliver usable and humane websites

Clients include: Shriver Center on Poverty Law, The Newberry Library, University of Chicago, UIC, Northwestern University, bioStrategies Group, Real Life Weddings, Syd Lieberman, Hubwear.com, Orbitz.

Website: Santheo.com

University of Chicago, Senior Site Developer

August 2003 - May 2006

Managed web projects, for a group of clients within the university. Shepherded projects from conception to completion, serving as project lead, designer, and front-end coder. Storyboarded, developed and tested web applications. As User Experience and New Technologies lead, was responsible for advancing the use of standards-based coding and the development of accessible interfaces. Created internal knowledge base and improved the team’s understanding of user-centered design.

Internal accomplishments: introduced knowledge-sharing tools such as intranets, extranets, information repositories and wikis; led the effort to integrate RSS solutions into our products; improved the ways we talk about design and think about addressing our users' needs; spearheaded the effort to purchase, install and implement a content management system (OmniUpdate).

Selected projects:

More examples of my design work are available in my portfolio.

The Academic Approach, Tutor

September 2002 - August 2003

Math tutor for private SAT and academic tutoring practice. Taught a rigorous curriculum shaped by each student's specific needs. Clarified complex concepts using a variety of techniques.
{theacademicapproach.com}

Niteo Partners/ZEFER, Senior Technical Designer

July 1999 - September 2002

Wrote all the necessary front-end code (HTML, Javascript) as well as much of the back-end code (JSP, ASP, SQL) needed to put sites online. Played an integral part in the design planning stage of websites, assessing technical feasibilities and developing ways to make sites work better and faster. Served as the liaison between the visual designers and the programmers. Quickly adapted to new technologies and software. Acted as the de facto point person for Macintosh technical support. Founded, wrote, designed, published and distributed internal newsletter.
{niteo.com}

Key Projects: Sun, CalFed, TrendMicro, APW, Sears, GTCR, Forethought, Chicago Bears.

Sachs Group/VNU: Associate Software Engineer

February 1998 - July 1999

Developed web-based software, using ASP, ADO, OLAP, database and Javascript technologies. Created and managed databases. Role evolved to include a specialization in user interface design.
{sachs.com}

Daily Northwestern, Design editor, Webmaster

September 1994 - March 1998

Supervised a desk of production editors, designed the entire newspaper, created a new design for twelve-page tabloid entertainment section and eight-page news magazine, designed and updated the web site; photographed. Student Society of News Design College Designer of the Year, 2nd place.
{dailynorthwestern.com}

Education

Northwestern University

September 1994 - August 1998
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
{northwestern.edu}

References

Available upon request