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Hi, I'm Bryce. I'm a graphic designer, user experience and interaction specialist, conceptual artist, project manager, team leader, and all around creative asset. For more than 18 years I've been designing and driving the end-to-end project management of large web sites and applications for a broad range of professional clientele - everything from educational to enterprise applications, as well as worked on a broad spectrum of cool, challenging and fun work in creative digital, illustration, and audio and video production.

I regularly do consulting and contracting projects for companies, corporations and organizations across the country and around the world - most recently for folks like Amazon,com, Metpahor.com, Askville.com, Hitachi Data Systems, Samsung USA and more. Get in touch with me to discuss how I can help partner with you to address your needs!

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Bryce Erwin

BRYCE ERWIN

email: bryceerwin@gmail.com - phone: 650-215-8958

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CREATIVE LEAD – UX DESIGNER – AUDIO + VIDEO PRODUCER

An experienced and multi-talented creative design and user experience lead with a proven ability to craft amazing works of art across a multitude of visual and aural applications, and to lead diverse teams to success on a variety of professional projects and creative endeavors. Strong creative and leadership qualifications with more than 18 cumulative years of hands-on experience in interactive design, user experience, art direction, graphic design and illustration, audio and video production and project management. Demonstrated capacity to successfully examine an organization's style, branding and marketing requirements, pinpoint shortcomings and potential opportunities, and advance innovative and creative digital solutions for improving competitive advantage, escalating revenues, and expanding customer retention.


Professional Experience and Accomplishments

Design Lead: Highly creative design lead and art director – demonstrated success in orchestrating the complete stylistic approach to a client's project and ensuring on-brand delivery across a wide range of media including interactive design, illustration, print work, text layout, book and magazine layouts and covers and corporate marketing collateral.

Web Producer: 16 years experience in designing and driving the end-to-end project management of large web sites and applications for a broad range of professional clientele - everything from educational to enterprise applications. Well versed in all aspects of the design and development process - from concept to launch. An expert in web usability, information architecture, user experience design methodology and ecommerce systems.

Creative Director: Co-owner and creative director of two consulting firms - Snapdragon, a successful agency based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for ten years – and Cathexis, a User Experience consultancy since 2012. Consistently raised both companies profitability each year of operation, and retained a fiercely loyal return customer base across a wide spectrum of online, application design, and video production markets.

Artist: Exceedingly skilled in both traditional and digital illustration with an emphasis on environmental and character concepts, specializing in genre entertainment products, fantasy and science fiction work and game concepts.

Audio Producer: A master of audio production and post-production for podcast and radio applications, and a skilled "on-air" audio talent and character voice actor - was executive producer of the podcast “Taverncast”, leading the show to the top of the charts on in it’s category on iTunes for the entire five year run of the show.

Video Producer: 20 years video production experience in broadcast television and commercial clientele – primarily a producer, also acted as editor, lead camera and director on a wide array of projects.


Professional Work History

 

May 2012 to Present
Cathexis UX - Ann Arbor, MI.
Position: User Experience and Interaction Specialist

Consultant for large corporate and enterprise clients, specializing in user experience and interface design for online and mobile applications. Long term engagements at CEO and stakeholder levels to plan, draft and implement key UX components and systems for a wide variety of end users. Aid companies with overall interface and public web strategy approach, creation of UX documents and requirements for technology teams, user studies and research and visual design for final release.

Clients include: Amazon.com, Metaphor.com, Hitachi Data Systems, Askville.com, Cambium Learning Group, Amerinet, and United Precision Products.

 

March 2002 to Present
Snapdragon - Ann Arbor, MI.
Position: Creative Director / Owner

Creative lead in redefining the web, video and print strategies of medium and large sized companies. Responsible for client facing, internal branding, public image, web / video / print collateral. and creative team formation and leadership. Founded and shepherded company to profitability and continual annual growth.

Clients include: Amazon.com, Samsung USA, The University of Michigan Cancer Center, AvFuel, The University of Michigan Center for Health Communication Research, Doodlehome.com, Claus Forell International Group, Temple University Health System, The University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital, The University of Michigan Dental School, Flint Ink Corporation, Lab126, EFI Jetrion, Dialogue Marketing and the University of Michigan Mstores. Note: Took a three year sabbatical of my duties with Snapdragon to work in Silicon Valley, CA – see A9.com / Amazon.con for details

 

April 2007 to April 2010
A9.com / Amazon.com - Palo Alto, CA.
Position: Senior User Experience Designer

Senior User Interface Designer and Visual Artist for Amazon.com online advertising and search projects. Responsible for innovating new UI advancements across Amazon’s storefront and peripheral product line, including Endless.com (now Amazon Fashion), imdb.com and Snaptell (now Amazon Visual Search). Responsibe for interface ideation, UI flow and wire-framing, user-testing, and final visual design. Lead graphic designer at A9.com, handling all marketing and public facing collateral. Awarded three patents on behalf of Amazon for my role in developing new search and e-commerce related technologies and APIs.

 

June 2005 to Present
Taverncast - Internet based "podcast" show and virtual community Position: Executive Producer / Host / Audio Production/Post-Production lead

Creator, producer and host of a highly successful (over 400,000 listeners) internet podcast program called .Taverncast. that has regular corporate sponsorship and advertising revenue, hosts an online community of over 3000 people, and is consistently rated in the top 50 entertainment shows on Apple's iTunes. Taverncast produces about three shows per month, and incorporates numerous broadcasting styles, from the talk-show roundtable discussion on pop culture, technology, and media to traditional "radio drama."

 

September 1998 to March 2002
Diamond Bullet Design - Ann Arbor, MI
Position: Senior Interface Designer

Senior Graphic/Web Designer, User-Interface Designer and Usability Specialist for a broad selection of commercial, organizational and non-profit clientele including Equifax, ABC News.com, University of Michigan Alumni Association, University of Michigan Business School, Lincoln/Mercury Multimedia, and the State of Kansas web portal. Responsible for project management, client facing, design look and feel, information architecture, user studies, task analysis, team leadership and interface usability.

 

March 1997 to August 1998
Grace & Wild Digital Studios - Farmington Hills, MI
Position: Senior Digital Editor

Responsible for editing commercial and corporate projects, including: British Petroleum, ABC Warehouse, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors. Responsible for offline and Online digital editing, effects and compositing.

 

February 1993 to March 1997
Accord Film and Video Productions - Miami, FL
Position: Senior Editor

Lead video editor on a wide variety of broadcast and commercial productions with clients such as: The Discovery Channel, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, The Travel Channel, Bacardi, MTV, Reuters, Pepsi-Cola Company, Ryder, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, Fox F/X Network, and General Electric.


Education

Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1991-1993
Associate of Science degree in Film/Television Arts and Technology
Graduated Cum Laude


Skills

General: Project Project management, client relation management, team building / leadership, user experience design, user interface design and usability (can conduct user tests, perform task analysis, competitive reviews, personas, etc), graphic design, web and visual design, creative / art direction, audio production / editing, illustration and conceptual art, storyboard art, video production, print graphics podcast production, voice talent, screen / stage / television writing, product / organizational branding and software / web project management. I have a strong working knowledge of all technical and operational aspects of web development, multimedia creation, video / audio production, and print. Familiar with Agile, Scrum/Sprint process methodology.

Programs: Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Dreamweaver, Corel Painter, Adobe InDesign, Final Draft, Microsoft Office Suite and Project, FastTrack Schedule, Audio Hijack, Audacity. Strong design perspective of HTML, XML, CMS, Drupal, PHP, LAMP, JavaScript, Ajax, CSS and iOS development.


References:

(Upon Request – please contact me for details)

Website Design: Live Sites and Concepts
  • 16 years experience in designing and driving the end-to-end project management of large web sites and applications for a broad range of professional clientele - everything from educational to enterprise applications.
  • Well versed in all aspects of the design and development process - from concept to launch. An expert in web usability, information architecture, user experience design methodology and ecommerce systems.
  • Served as design lead and art director - driven the complete stylistic approach to a client's site and ensured on-brand delivery
User Experience and Interface Design
  • Highly skilled in user experience and interface design - from focus groups to user testing, page flows to final implementation
  • Extensive experience designing to meet usability and accessibility standards on a wide variety of web, application and software products
  • Significant experience with e-commerce, advertising and system administration interfaces
  • Note: Many of my clients are NDA or in stealth-mode - please contact me to arrange an offline review of recent work
Conceptual Art
  • Highly skilled in both traditional and digital illustration with an emphasis on environmental and character concepts
  • Specialize in genre entertainment products, fantasy and science fiction work and game concepts
Graphic Design
  • Nearly 18 years of graphic design experience for print and web
  • Adept at developing compelling brand identity and logo designs
  • Offer a wide range of styles for business illustration, print work, text layout, book and magazine layouts and covers and corporate marketing collateral - from posters to trade show displays
Video
  • 20 years video production experience in broadcast television with notable clientele and projects - acted as editor, camera operator and producer on a wide array of projects
  • Highly skilled at audio production and post-production for podcast and radio applications - was executive producer of top-rated podcast for the three year run of the show
  • Skilled "on-air" audio talent and character voice actor