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I'm Ben.

I'm a Product Design professional coming from over a decade of design experience working with software companies. I'm a cofounder of the Front Conference, a product design & management conference. I'm also a Director of Product Hive with over 5,000+ product designers and managers.

I'm a graphic interaction ux product designer coming from over a decade of experience working with software companies that have partnered with brands such as Nike, The North Face, Oakley, Under Armour, and Sonos.

My Origin Story

Having been in the industry for over a decade I've grown a lot over the years. After graduating from BYU in 2005 I joined my first company eager to design for the web. I was hired for my creativity and was taught to code. I quickly became a hybrid designer / developer and embraced my ability to be more of a generalist.

For the first five years of my experience I worked in design agencies helping clients improve their web presence and communication. For the last eight years I've worked in in-house for software companies identifying and solving complex problems for their customers.

I am skilled in designing software and products that significantly impact the user-experience needs of consumers. I value user motivational design making, informed design rationale, and robust user proven interaction models. My background includes multiple design and development disciplines and a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts allowing me to understand what is technically efficient and yet intuitively useful human computer interaction. Solutions I provide strike a balance between great design, development polish and usefulness. Marking the difference between wanting a product and needing it.

I believe that user-experience design is more than an artifact or deliverable of "customer thinking". It is an inclusive process that promotes risk-taking and accountability. Understanding people, culture, and the human experience is necessary to designing and driving UX value within organizations. Additionally, creating a UX culture within a company is paramount in bridging the gap between technology and people.

I create interaction solutions based off what users do and not what the say they do. I'm the Director of the Product Hive and tend to start the speak in hyperdrive when in any conversation starts involving user experience, mobile user understanding or movies.

Read my Latest Stories

Jane: Seller App

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Instructure: Canvas Parent App

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A letter to the Product Design Association — Reflecting on 2016

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