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  Deliver user centered experiences that delight the world and drive revolutionary change. Keep it simple, accessible, innovative, connected and soul-ful.
Design Experience 

Xbox 360 & Xbox Live - Senior User Experience Designer
September 2007 - Present

Contributed towards the short and long term strategic vision for Xbox. Proposed and delivered simple yet compelling visual and interaction design solutions while deeply understanding user behavior and complex technical consideration for Xbox hardware and software. Collaborate closely with program management and development teams in proposing innovations in this dynamic space.

Windows Live - User Experience Lead
September 2005 - 2007

Staffed, developed and lead a high performing multi-disciplinary team of Designers, Usability Engineers and UI Text Writers to deliver the next generation Mail, Calendar and Contacts experiences for Windows Live Web and Desktop Applications. Ensured consistent user experiences between both Web and Client.

MSN - Lead Product Designer
February 2000 - August 2005

Key responsibilities include driving creative efforts for various areas of MSN. Keeping a strong focus on user-centered design solutions. Keeping abreast of innovative design trends and methodologies. Researching, designing and prototyping solutions that were useful, usable, desirable, exciting, new and emotionally engaging. Working along side designers, usability engineers, program managers, product planners and developers.

5 User Experience Patents; Released many, many products, features and websites for MSN. (MSN9 Parental Controls, MSN Search Toolbar v1 and v2, Curious Browser, NewsBot, Channels, High-Speed Player, EV3); Conceptualized, initiated and drove the adoption of Flash across MSN (FLIP) Flash Info Pane; Played a key role in the adoption of standardization of Templates (Bedrock) across MSN.

Microsoft Vizact  - Art Director
January 1999 - February 2000

Oversee all design related issues (External Website, Video, Product Icon, Preview CD, Media Gallery, Packaging). Provide an efficient, consistent, and visually compelling end user experience for the Vizact product. Direct all demonstrations and prototypes for a 1.0 product. Resolving technical issues that affect art

Microsoft BackOffice (Contract) - Art Director 
March 1998 - December 1998

Maintained integrity of overall design style. Oversaw other designers on specific projects. Created art specs (image needs, etc.). Resolved technical issues that affect art

Microsoft IMP-2D - Art Director / Senior Designer
June 1997 - March 1998
Managed other designers on specific projects. Created overall vision for look and feel. Led project art meetings. Created art specs (image needs, etc.). Resolved technical issues that affected art. Directed prototype efforts. Identified and managed multimedia needs

Microsoft IAD - Graphic Designer
Sept. 1996 - June 1997
Designed engaging user interfaces with well thought out navigation. Created interactive animations. Produced prototypes for new media that provided proof of concepts. Created original production processes for new media types

MSN - Graphic Designer
June 1996 - Sept 1996
Created online media for MSN. Established web presence for internal product groups. Projects Included: U2PopMart (U2), My Personal Tutor (Microsoft), Grammy's OnSite Prototype (NARAS), One Click Away (MSN), Special Events (MSN), Motorsite (MSN), FX (MiTV), Microsoft internal websites, Shark Bytes Prototype (Jean-Michel Cousteau Productions) and many more.

  Goldman Design / 2007
Authenticy / 2003
iHeadway.com / 1997
SoulCentric Productions / 1998
Dixon Associates / 1995
Slick Willy, Inc. / 1995
Bellingham Yacht / 1994
Computer Knowledge 

Proficient in

  • Adobe Products Photoshop; Flash; Illustrator,
  • Microsoft Windows and Office products
  • Advanced HTML
  Western Washington University;  Bachelor of Fine Arts;   Graphic Design 1996
Miami Dade Junior College;  Associates of Arts; General Studies 1991  
Precision Questioning - (completed 2 day course)
Presentation Skills Class - (completed 1 day course)
Patent 310640.01 Interaction Model and UI for Gathering Search Results Relevance Feedback from End Users   01/28/2005
Patent 310259.01 Active Go   10/24/2004
Patent 306871.01 Systems And Methods For Enhancing Search Query Results   2/10/2004
Patent 306412.01 System And Method For A Unified And Blended Search   12/31/2003
Patent 306418.01 New For You On This Site   12/31/2003
Excellence in Site Design U2 Popmart  High Five's Design award   10/25/1997