Co-founder, CEO & Designer
2009 - 2015
I started Droplr with my co-founder as a side project to simplify the process of sharing files and screenshots. Droplr resonated with many other people and gradually grew from a side project to a full-time, funded startup. Today, Droplr serves hundreds of thousands of users.
Creating and designing Droplr has included many design projects including marketing websites, the web app, and apps for Mac OS X, iOS and Windows. Droplr has been featured in the Mac App Store multiple times.
As the co-founder & CEO of this small startup, I also gained deep experience in Marketing, PR, HR, and just about every other aspect of growing a successful company and shipping great apps.
I joined Incredible Labs in 2013 as the lead designer. The small Silicon Valley based startup's main product was an iPhone app named Donna that aimed to be a predictive personal assistant. Donna could help you with directions, make sure you get to meetings on time, remember important dates, send you weather alerts and more.
I was responsible for all things design with Donna including establishing a visual direction and the product design of both its iOS app and web applications.
We launched Donna in 2013 and it was soon after featured by Apple in the App Store and received glowing reviews. It was subsequently acquired by Yahoo!..
2008 - 2013
I started with Ancestry.com as the lead designer on a private social network product named MyFamily.com and helped lead a complete redesign and relaunch of the product.
Following that project, I helped birth a fully functional, native iOS app for Ancestry's primary service. Over the next 4 years I led the design for Ancestry's mobile team. Ancestry for iPhone & iPad grew in to a very successful business within the company. It was also featured by Apple multiple times.
The most rewarding part of this project was pioneering completely new interaction models on touch devices to navigate family trees — something that had never been tackled.
I've yet to come across a "one size fits all" design process. Each project is unique. But I've discovered a few principles that seem to be hold true in most projects I've worked with.
Build what's necessary, adds value and achieves purpose.
Empathize with end-users, seek their input.
Design is best as a team process, not a silo'd step.
Don't default to more settings, do the hard work to simplify.
The whole is the sum of its parts, seek consistency and quality.
Nothing is ever 100%, improve through learning and evolution.
There's no universal deliverable. Use appropriate mediums.
Great design delights. The world is serious enough. :)
I live with my wife, three kids and two dogs in beautiful Bend, Oregon. I'm surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers and trails and draw on them for inspiration in all my design.
I have over 5 years experience working remote and have found great processes and tools to insure a collaborative environment and great communication.
I can be reached by sending a message below. I read every message and will respond promptly. If this is in regards to a project proposal, please include as many details as you can (summary, scope, deliverables, budget, etc...).