zach@lostinquestion.com

Profile

I have an analytical and methodical approach when it comes to design. I pay attention to details, notice patterns, and strive for consistency. I like working in teams where ideas can easily bounce back and forth.

With my personal design process, I initially internalize and question things, allowing me to take a step back to look at the bigger picture and think through the problem/the data provided.

An ideal project to me would be approaching a problem and taking chances while in the iteration and design exploration phase, and then dialing things back through further research, exploration, and testing to create an effective design and shipped product.

Experience

Box, Product Designer 2017–Present www.box.com

Octopus, Lead UI/UX Designer 2016–2017 www.octopuscreative.com

My role was heavily self-managed. I was responsible for communicating and presenting design solutions directly to clients—including several startups and large companies looking for unique and fresh ideas such as Google, Airbnb, and Dropbox.  The projects I worked on were rapid-pace and typically spanned from ideation to deployed MVP applications.

As lead designer, I oversaw multiple projects across each design phase into development, and was also responsible for mentoring my design team of four others; helping them solve problems, and drive final solutions.

Octopus, UI/UX Designer 2013–2015 www.octopuscreative.com

I helped plan, think through, and design user centered experiences, mobile applications, and web interfaces for startups and companies like YouTube, PayPal, eBay, and HP. My role spanned from conceptualization, visual design execution, to development; working closely with an in-house engineering team.

Ferris State University, UI/UX Front End Developer 2012–2013

Working with a fellow student, I designed and developed interfaces for Ferris State University’s Admissions department. The projects we worked on made use of desktop and mobile development, setting new design standards for the school’s UI/UX, and exploring the uses of Ferris’ existing brand standards.

Ferris State University, Design Intern 2010–2012

Working among a small team for Ferris State University’s Design Project Center, I designed and developed a new brand identity, print materials, and a website. I was also the in charge of ordering supplies, portfolio materials, and other items as needed.

2017 Projects

Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, UI/UX Designer www.mbosc.org

William T. Grant Foundation, UI Designer Coming Soon

2016 Projects

Google UX Principles, Lead UI Designer www.thinkwithgoogle.com

Knight Foundation, Lead UI/UX Designer www.knightfoundation.org

Thinkmojo, Lead UI/UX Designer www.thinkmojo.com

Jetlore, Lead UI Designer www.jetlore.com

2015 Projects

Google Postmaster, Lead UI/UX Designer www.postmaster.google.com

YouTube, UI/UX Designer www.youtube.com/yt/lineups

RocketSpace SF, Lead UI/UX Designer

2014 Projects

Discors App, Lead UI/UX Designer (initial/desktop) www.discors.com

The Sketchbook Project, UI/UX Designer www.sketchbookproject.com

Verify Investor, Lead UI/UX Designer www.verifyinvestor.com

Education

Ferris State University - Big Rapids, Michigan 2009–2013

Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design: GPA 3.7

Volunteer

Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, Volunteer 2015–Current www.mbosc.org

I help setup, register, and organize group work at any event, coordinate new community efforts for mountain bike access in the Santa Cruz area, and help dig and maintain new and existing trails throughout the county.

Digital Nest, Student Mentor 2015–2016 www.digitalnest.org

I mentored students interested in design, development, and technology. I helped them learn what a designer does and taught basic design principles and software skills in effort to get them on track toward higher education.

Skills

  • User-centered design
  • Mobile app design
  • Distilling and organizing complex information
  • Technical problem solving
  • Design exploration
  • Design sprints
  • Modular/atomic design process
  • Pixel-perfection

Tools

  • Sketch
  • Adobe CC
  • Invision prototyping
  • Google slides
  • Slack
  • CSS
  • Gitlab
  • Basic understanding of front-end development