UX/UI Designer | Product Design Consultant
An accomplished UX/UI and product design consultant with experience working with a diverse group of clients in industries such as group tourism, drone surveillance technology, crypto, and knowledge management. John is adept at employing user-centered design methodologies to create wireframes, mockups, and prototypes aligned with user goals and business objectives. He fosters a culture of continuous learning and growth as a mentor and leader, leveraging a Master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction and a proven track record of delivering innovative solutions that drive user engagement and business growth.
Product Savvy Consulting | UX/UI Designer
Feb 2022 - Present
Designed new itinerary creation system for WolfPack Tour Management platform, integral to company pivot from group navigation to tour experience management.
Created designs (wireframes, mockups, prototypes) for multiple clients within the following domains: group tourism and navigation, drone surveillance technology, and crypto.
Collaborated in an Agile work environment for in-house, B2C software, bringing a user-centered design perspective to a cross functional team including developers, product managers, and marketing.
Supported marketing efforts through the creation of promotional materials, graphics, and maintenance of company blogs.
Managed a junior design team member and introduced them to the principles of design and basics of design tools.
Obsidian | 3rd Party Plugin Designer
Sept 2021 - Present
Designed the Commander plugin, in collaboration with one developer, which enhances the user’s ability to customize their Obsidian interface. The plugin has over 70,000 downloads on the Obsidian Community plugin browser, 350+ stars on Github, and was runner up in the Plugin Update category in the Obsidian October 2022 event.
Designed the Workspaces Plus plugin, in collaboration with one developer, which enhances the user experience of Obsidian's core workspaces feature. The plugin has over 35,000 downloads on the Obsidian Community plugin browser and 140+ stars on Github.
Supported the Obsidian plugin developer community through the creation of a shared Obsidian Design System Figma file and a retrospective presentation on the development of the Commander plugin.
Athens Research | Open Source Contributor
May 2020 - July 2021
Played a pivotal role in project and community growth contributing to acceptance of the project into Y Combinator startup school and securing a $1.9M fundraising seed round.
Contributed to product improvement and project growth through organization of bug and feature requests via Github, creation and maintenance of new contributor documentation, and active participation in the project via bug reports and quality assurance.
Promoted community growth through moderation of community Discord server with 2,000+ members, organization of Discord community channels, new member onboarding, and general engagement and participation in the community.
University of Maryland, College Park
Aug 2017 - May 2020
Master’s in Human-Computer Interaction.
Thesis focused on the role of context in literature reviewing. Published and presented at Creativity and Cognition Conference ‘21: https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3450741.3465244
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Aug 2012 - May 2016
Double major in Sociology and Public Policy.
Thesis on the future of social media exploring trends of modern communication and their implications for the future media landscape.
User Experience Design • Wireframing • User Experience Research • Prototyping • User Interface Design • Mockups • Visual Design • Product Management / Figma • Penpot • Linear • ClickUp • Framer • Wix • Webflow