As of May 2016 I have been at Yahoo! as Senior Experience Designer, working on platform tools. It's a great environment, the people on my team are awesome, and the design challenges are complex. It's fun.
For years Andi at Cascade SF has organized UX Night, hosting great speakers discussing a variety of UX topics. In January of 2015 I began mentoring attendees, which included students and grads, career changers, startup founders, developers, and foreign professionals visiting San Francisco to learn about tech on whatever UX-related they brought to my table. It's very interesting.
"Full Stack" UX Designer User-centered design from concept to deployment. Awesome communication skills. I can plan, troubleshoot, and manage project development.
When I was little I often tore apart my toys. I wanted to understand how they worked, and of course I expected to be able to put them back together afterward. When I ended up with a pile of guts it was a bummer. In about the 4th grade, I took my BMX bike totally apart to spray paint it flat black. I was able to put it all back together, except I wasn’t able to re-spoke the wheels, which I had disassembled to paint the rims. Couldn't figure out how to lace them back together! Finally, I asked my dad for help. He brought them back the next day – rebuilt perfectly. It wasn’t until many years later that I realized he had taken the wheels to the local bike shop, and not actually re-spoked them himself. Genius.
Brian is a design leader who brings together left-brain, analytical thinking and right-brain, intuitive artistry to create meaningful solutions to design challenges. He is formally educated as both Mechanical Engineer and Graphic Artist, with hands-on experience in both design environments.
Currently Brian is on the Yahoo! Ads & Data Platform UX team, building the tools that enable advertisers to run campaigns on the web and leverage Yahoo! data. Yahoo! is cool, and it’s awesome to be part of a great design team building complex software.
Brian spent the better part of 2015 on the Visa Digital Solutions team creating card-holder mobile apps and responsive web products for Visa’s card issuers.
In Sony’s Global Web Office in San Francisco, Brian was an Interaction Designer on a team that developed and launched Sony’s first global, marketing site. His role was to adapt marketing priorities, technical product specifications, and compelling lifestyle stories into pages that connected with Sony’s vast customer base, translated and deployed using the global website system.
Starting in 2011, Brian became Design Manager at Ebates.com, a fast-growing cash-back and coupon shopping portal founded in 1998. As of Q4 2012, Ebates had 12+ million members, served 2-3 million visitors/mo, boasted over $1 billion in member purchases, and paid more than $70 million to Ebates shoppers. He defined and executed projects in Sales, Social Media, SEO, Email Marketing, Customer Service, Website and Mobile Development. He developed processes to streamline creative production, and improved Ebates' branding and User Experience.
As Executive Producer, Graphic Design at SFO Museum, from 2004 until 2011, Brian raised the profile of SFO Museum by focusing on branding issues, which resulted in a new name and logo. He oversaw the creation of a new website operated by staff Curators using a CMS. He was responsible for all graphic design of the exhibitions, as well as photography, website, and IT issues. Here is a great NPR story about SFOMuseum.
Prior to joining SFO Museum, Brian spent six years working for design studios, non-profits, corporations, and small businesses throughout the Bay Area. At the University of California, Berkeley, Brian edited academic journal submissions by Geophysicists who were non-native English speakers, and purchased materials to build instruments for satellites.
Brian's first "real job" was as Design and Development Engineer at Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, MI, where he tested prototype vehicles, practiced good Project Management techniques and opened new channels of communication between engineering teams.
Brian earned a bachelor's of science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He complimented his education with a bachelor's of fine art from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. He attends myriad seminars and professional working groups in the Bay Area related to green energy and design, web development, graphic design, and is a big fan of the AIGA and IxDA, the SF Giants, and the Golden State Warriors.