ROB IS MARRIED, WITH THREE DAUGHTERS, AND (ALSO) LOVES HIS NY YANKEES AND UCONN HUSKIES.
CONSULTANT, UX STRATEGIST & TACTICIAN
ROB IS AN EXPERIENCE DESIGNER. HE CREATES PRODUCTS AND SERVICES THAT ARE EASY AND FUN TO USE. HE TAKES THE TIME TO UNDERSTAND USERS’ PROBLEMS AND GOALS. HE MAKES IT SIMPLER, NO MATTER HOW HARD IT IS.
Rob leverages both qualitative and quantitative user data to help inform design decisions. He hears what customers say but focuses on what they do.
He views problems from a holistic systems perspective and attempts to break down silos and affect organizational culture change. All in the name of user-centered problem solving.
Rob has experience in lean, agile and waterfall product development lifecycles. He ranges from sketches to clickable prototypes, all for the purpose of communicating design to multiple stakeholders.
Rob is a strategic global business professional with over 20 years of business leadership and development experience who identifies market opportunities, develops plans for delivering cohesive user experiences, and delivers results by leading initiatives through the product development process. He is a passionate advocate for the holistic customer experience by developing vision, managing the design of product solutions, and leading user and design research initiatives.
He is able to connect diverse groups of people and identify and communicate stakeholder information needs to executives, technical staff and end users alike. This combination of specialties gives him an empathic ear for listening, an eye for observation, a desire for collaboration, and a passion for taking complex issues and finding simple solutions to please both customers and shareholders.
Rob performs field research, usability studies, interviews, requirements generation, product design, interface design, visual design, training, and documentation.
ROB HAS WORKED ACROSS INDUSTRIES ON COMMERCIAL, STATE, AND GOVERNMENT PROJECTS.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), like many federal agencies, is often undergoing long-term digital transformation initiatives. Within the last few years, a vast majority of divisions adopted lean and agile methodologies into its work practices. But as an agency with a patient-first mission, Rob was brought on to help a division lead human-centered design transformation efforts. Rob led the creation of a Center of Excellence, comprised of education, best practices, and coaching. Rob leads design thinking workshops with hundreds of customers, coaches product teams to help them better integrate UX into agile workflows, and demonstrates how service design can break down organizational silos and lead to improved products, services, and policies.
Rob was brought onto a large software development initiative to create engaging digital solutions to help recruiters, their clients, and job seekers. Given that product development was not this organization’s main focus, they built a team from the ground up, including the formation of a user experience team. Rob created and led a team of designers and researchers. Because design thinking was unknown to the company, In addition to research and design work to support product teams, Rob worked to evangelize human-centered design concepts and its return on investment through workshops and engagement with leadership.
Rob created user experience artifacts to support software development efforts as K12 Inc. prepared for an IPO. He created vision and requirements documentation for three significant system development efforts. He communicated design solutions through artifacts including sitemaps, wireframes, task analysis, competitive analysis, and process flows. He also led the design and development of a microsite to support company marketing initiatives.
The National Gallery of Art was seeking to overhaul the digital representation of its collection, so Rob worked with a team by designing some screens representing social capabilities, such as sharing and bookmarking selected works.
Rob worked on three large projects for the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). He wrote specifications, conducted user research, and designed wireframes and prototypes on both internal patent systems and customer-facing financial transaction systems. He also worked on the organization’s pattern library.
Rob conducted stakeholder interviews and created sketches and wireframes to represent an administrative dashboard.
Rob consulted on a redesign of NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) web site. He leveraged web analytics to understand the types of people who visit the site, created personas, conducted a competitive analysis, and made recommendations for site organization based on this research.
Rob created wireframes for this project, with the goal that an information-dense set of forms could be simplified for customers.
Rob worked with a team to create the Santa Fe Flea web site, including social media, rich images, calendar of events, and changing season themes using WordPress.
Rob worked with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to update the organization of their site. He met with various stakeholders and performed multiple card sorts to determine the best customer-centered web site organization of topics.
Rob was instrumental in the research and design behind Blackboard’s flagship product, Blackboard Learn. He created and led the company user and design research program, he created and curated company pattern library to provide consistency in design solutions, he designed and prototyped solutions for communicating specific user experiences on multiple devices, and he developed and implemented metrics to measure and ensure product quality.
A MENU OF SERVICES ROB CAN DELIVER.
Design ranging from sketches to clickables.
Quantitative and qualitative design research.
See the big picture and how parts are interconnected.
Consistency by defining reusable patterns.
Training and teaching user experience research and usability methods.
Empathy for users and passion for delivering great products.
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