My experience design career started in the kitchen, designing edible interfaces. Little did I know my fine dining experience, coupled with my desire to tell great stories would turn me into the experience designer I am today. Dev UX Design hybrid focusing on Interaction & Emotional Design. Former Chef and US Marine (Infantry Machine Gunner - 0331).

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Work History

http://linkedin.com/in/bsykes http://twitter.com/bensykes // CAREER HIGHLIGHTS // +++ Using JavaScript frameworks, created a way to �gDrag & Drop�h in Microsoft SharePoint for the GFS Ignition Portal at Microsoft. +++ Conceived, Created and designed the search engine Information.com. (Global top 500 sites on theweb � Alexa Rank) +++ Successfully led the creative UI vision of the music website American Idol Underground from conception to over 1 million unique hits a week. +++ Designed Siderean Seamark UI which was named by KMWorld, as one of the Top Trend-Setting Products of the Year! (2006). // PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE // + Google / Mountain View, CA / Sr. User Experience Designer / March 2011 - Present ++ Projects: +++ Self-service dash boards, backed by a unified data warehouse. #bigdata +++ Google Help & Feedback and Innovative Customer Support Systems. ----- AdWords +++ Display Ad Builder +++ Help Genie +++ Display Targeting Tab +++ Remarketing +++ Opportunities & Alerts +++ Ad Status & Policy + INTERACTOID / Mountain View, CA / Founder / 2009 - Present ++ Projects: +++ User Experience Design & Heuristics consulting +++ Interactive factoids for social networks +++ Experience & interaction design consulting +++ Interactive video / hypervideo widgets +++ Mobile application development / Iphone UI design ++ Technology: + Affiliate advertising + Actionscript/Flash + Fireworks/Photoshop + Sprout API + XML/CSS/JavaScript + Facebook/Iphone SDK + Premiere/Chroma Key + Amazon (AWS) + CISCO SYSTEMS / Ireland - San Jose, CA / Manager of User Centered Design / 2008 - 2009 ++ Products: + WebEx & WebEx Connect + Cisco Unified Personal Communicator + Enterprise Instant Messaging Clients + Web 2.0 Management Portal ++ Technology: + Adobe Suite (all) + Visio + MS Project + Expression Suite + Visual Studio + XAML/WPF ++ Responsibilities: + Requirements capture & UI/Design spec development + Team & vendor management, evaluation, scheduling & hiring globally + Interaction design, information architecture & wireframe development + Coordinate WebEx Connect design (ixd, ia, wireframe) into the Cisco Unified Communicator + Coordinate and design (ixd, ia, wireframe) Cisco IM client integration into IBM Sametime & Microsoft Office Communicator. + MICROSOFT / Redmond, WA / User Experience Lead - Product Manager / 2006 -2008 ++ Products: + GFS/MSN Ignition Portal - Microsoft Sharepoint + TSP Plug-in for Visual Studio (VSTF) + Microsoft Online Suite (saas) ++ Technology: + Adobe Suite (all) + Visio + MS Project + Expression Suite + Visual Studio + XAML/WPF ++ Responsibilities: + Requirements capture & UI/Design spec development + Product managed the marketing strategy and wrote the usability testing plans. + Worked closely with disparate development groups to establish product functionality, scope and delivery. + Led team in experience design, Interaction design, information architecture & wireframe development + Assisted in user contextual inquiry and usability tests. Translated user findings into affinity diagrams, event sequence diagrams, and use cases. + Created & managed the creation of multiple high fidelity Flash driven clickable prototypes. + AMERICAN IDOL UNDERGROUND / Los Angeles, CA / Assoc. Creative Director / 2005 -2006 ++ Product: + Social network for fans and artists separate from the TV show, yet under the American Idol brand + Print collateral (Rolling Stone, Music Connection) ++ Technology: + Adobe Suite + Actionscript/Flash + ASP.net + MS Project + XML/CSS/JavaScript + Visio + Agile - Scrum + Visual Studio/Subversion ++ Responsibilities: + Design direction for both site & magazine collateral & UI/Design spec development + Team & vendor management, scheduling & Fremantle engagement. + Usability planning/testing & hotspot analytic tracking. + Interaction design, information architecture & wireframe development + OVERSEE.NET / Los Angeles, CA / Interaction Designer - Product Manager / 2004 -2005 ++ Products: + Search engine: Information.com + BlogSource - Social blogging platform ++ Technology: + Adobe Suite (all) + Visio + WAP/WML + Agile - Scrum ++ Responsibilities: + Conception of a �gmulti-search�h engine harnessing untapped vertical engines and providing a tools layer. + Technical requirements capture & UI/Design spec development + Responsible for revenue modeling, market strategy & stakeholder pitch., + Extensive new business development & strategic partnership creation. + Coordinated / conducted all usability tests and A/B testing - tracking. + DIGITAL EVOLUTION / Santa Monica, CA / Multiple Roles / 2001 -2004 ++ Projects & Roles: + Creator - Creative Director - EMTM (interactive training for the military) + Sr. Web Developer - Digital Evolution corporate web site / intranet. + Lead UI Designer - Sony APG Intranet + UI Designer - Nissan brand performance system + Flash game developer - The Zenith Insurance (Risky Robots) + Lead Developer - Hewlett Packard CRM web site with focus on 508 compliance. ++ Responsibilities: + Requirements capture & UI/Design spec development + Product managed the marketing strategy and wrote the usability testing plans. + Worked closely with disparate development groups to establish product functionality, scope and delivery. + Led team in experience design, Interaction design, information architecture & wireframe development + Assisted in user contextual inquiry and usability tests. Translated user findings into affinity diagrams, event sequence diagrams, and use cases. + Created & managed the creation of multiple high fidelity Flash driven clickable prototypes. + SUPERFLY INDUSTRIES, LLC. / Pittsburgh, PA - Los Angeles, CA / Freelance / 1995 - 2004 ++ Projects & Clients: + 200 plus client base + Gary LeMel - Warner Brothers Music + MGL Entertainment + 5G Wireless (UCLA Portal) + Siderean Software (NSA, NASA, Oracle) + Venice Nutrition + Hollywood Aid + Crowne Limousine + Informercial Host: Forbes Riley + Inhost Web Hosting (Wyenet) + Globe Motorsports + IDT Technologies: EZCD Stack + Designer Tracy Ross + Comedian Carl Labove ++ Responsibilities: + Web development + Company direction & market strategy + New business development + RFP/RFI response & bid + Requirements capture & UI/Design spec development + Contextual inquiry / usability testing / usability participant recruitment + Rapid prototyping + Hypervideo & interactive flash video + Worked closely with disparate development groups to establish product functionality, scope and delivery. + User experience design, interaction design, information architecture & wireframe development. // TECHNICAL SKILLS // Proficient in Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Expert user in the following applications and technology platforms + Microsoft Visio / Omnigraffle + Microsoft Project / Merlin + Microsoft Expression Suite + Visual Studio Team Foundation + Adobe Fireworks + Adobe Photoshop + Adobe Illustrator + Adobe InDesign + Adobe Flash (AS 2 / Video) + Adobe Dreamweaver + Adobe Premiere + Adobe After Effects + XAML / WPF / Silverlight + HTML / DHTML + CSS (Advanced) + JavaScript Libraries (Prototype, DOJO, JQuery) + Usability Testing and Contextual Inquiry + User Research + Heuristic Evaluation ï+ Iphone Application Development + Facebook Application Development + HyperVideo and interactive flash video + Agile methodologies (XP, Scrum) // RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS // + Irish Microsoft Technology Conference - Dublin, Ireland 2008 - Lecture: What Species Is Your User - The underlying biology of creating rich interactive experiences, and a strategy to bring your Silverlight applications to life. + Nextgen User Group - Coventry, England October 20th 2008 + Learntec Cognitive Design Conference - Messe Karlsruhe, Germany February 3-5 2009 // MOTION PICTURE // Worked on numerous feature films, and provided all video assist to the director, writer, and producers of the Academy Award winning film American Beauty. + http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003777/ + Chroma Key lighting & editing + Project Directing // MILITARY // U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Reserve + Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003-2004 + Provided humanitarian support. + Part of the "21 Days to Baghdad" documentary.

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Affiliations

AIGA, UPA, ACM SIGCHI, HFES, STC, SIFF, IFP

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