More than 15 years experience in user experience and interface design, front-end development, product management and graphic design. Designs unique interfaces for all platforms, be it be for the desktop, tablet or smartphone. Have worked in Silicon Valley, Munich, Germany and Santa Barbara. Currently Director of Product Management and Design at Blekko, focusing on izik, a search engine designed for the tablet and smartphone. Prior to working in web development, I was a freelance musician in Southern California for close to 10 years, during both college and after.
Examples of my work (web pages, apps, print layouts, design process) can be found at www.sweon.com.
Product manager originally for blekko.com followed by Blekko's former SEO product, izik mobile app and co-branded business partnerships. I also manage izik app distribution, working with external partners, writing copy, developing ad creatives, managing budgets, and tracking analytics. I also manage Blekko's visual and user experience design first for blekko.com followed by its SEO product and now izik, a search app made primarily for the iPad and Android tablets as well as for the iPhone and Android smartphones.
As the visual and UI designer for MerchantCircle, I have been responsible for the look and feel of the the entire site and application. The site's monthly traffic is 22 million unique visitors (47 million page views per month) and 900,000+ registered users (12,000+ paying members). I work side-by-side with the development team as well as the product manager in developing wire frames for product feature development as well as the full design of the final product in Photoshop. The implementation (XHTML & CSS) is then done by myself or my assistant for final implementation with the back-end developed by the engineers.
In addition to the merchant listings and city directories, I have also designed and maintained the UI for the user dashboard and all subsequent features. I have also designed and maintain the company's corporate website as well as all its related landing pages and company email templates.
Work on variety of different projects as both a site developer and a graphic designer. Projects included companies such as Vodafone, T-Online, Star Alliance, Internal Sapient intranet sites and prototypes.
Managed team that developed, designed and maintained user interface (from jsp developed back-end) for all four major product sites (over 14 million users); development of external communications materials, ie. email campaigns and custom eC-messenger interfaces for various clients; management of 5+ member team and projects for graphic user interface team; clients and product websites included Lidl, Coca-Cola, Karstadt, ADAC, MTV, Deutsche Post, Kodak, Thomas Cook, Dertour, Playboy, Focus, BNP Paribas and more.
Responsible for creation of HTML templates for internal and external online corporate communications; worked in conjunction with graphic designers and programmers (CGI, Java, ad server, etc) in implementation of key projects.
Responsible for design and layout for both internal and external online communications projects; conducted HTML and Internet training courses throughout Silicon Valley including Hewlett-Packard and Larscom Corporation.
Co-founder of boutique-style consulting agency for various corporations in the Santa Barbara area; services included web site design and layout and HTML and Internet training sessions throughout the area.
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Photography, Music (used to be a professional freelance musician back in the day), Travel, Running, Walking, Hiking, Tennis, Basketball
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