I am Jason! A designer, an interaction builder and a user experience pro with over 10 years of experience in the industry of product design, agency design, user experience & motion graphics design, animation, prototyping, product planning, drone building & racing, lego building and much much more.
I enjoy focusing on challenges that push me to redefine my creativity and help me to continue learning. Over the years I have been focused on a myriad of platforms, aspects of design and building/managing strong diverse design teams. I am passionate about educating others and designing 'things' (and experiences) that everyone can use, understand and enjoy. I also enjoy building and crashing drones and I make a pretty good matzo ball soup! I am determined to make our everyday interactions better and more enjoyable.
Product Design Lead Manager
At Pandora, my team and I are accountable for delivering the best listening experience possible to our over 85 million active monthly listeners. I am responsible for hiring, managing and leading our Product Design team. We've build an exceptional team of designers to create the future of consumer facing products for our listeners on every platform imaginable (even refrigerators!) at Pandora. I take great pride in building a strong and collaborative team, each designer with a greatly diverse background and skill-sets, and with their own area expertiseI have found great satisfaction in not only pushing the limits to create great products but also mentoring our team of great designers for professional growth within Pandora and beyond!
Recent key Projects:
Introduced a way for listeners to personalize their stations experience
Pandora 10' UI
UX / Interaction for an array of different TV platforms (Apply Tv, Roku, Xbox and more)
Collaborative lead UX / Visual Design on Pandora's biggest feature since the company launched 11 years ago
Refresh the Pandora web experience from the ground up
Product Design Manager
Joining this newly created closet knit US based team at Shazam is very exciting. Brought on to lead the design team for all new SFTV (Shazam for TV) product and re-imagining the existing product design has been an awesome opportunity. Working across the world with our many talented teams is a wonderful and invaluable experience. Working to make Shazam even more magical and enjoyable.
Shazam for TV
Lead UX / Visual Design
Shazam iPad / iPhone Beta
UX / Interaction / Visual Design
Sr Visual / UX / Interaction Design / Associate Product Lead
Almost immediately upon my arrival at AOL I was designated as the 'Design Ninja'. Working cross-organizationally and cross-platform on various teams and AOL brands to build the best experiences possible. My role included, Sr. Visual & UX Designer, Interaction Design, Design Director, Product Manager, Prototyping and occasional front-end development.
Design Director / UX / Interaction / Visual / Photographer / Animator
Having an invaluable learning experience and building friendships that will last a lifetime, my time at Katalyst was a fantastic journey. Helping to create Katalyst's new digital media team, I worked closely with CEO Ashton Kutcher and partner Jason Goldberg, initially brought on to the Katalyst team to lead my animated series but the role very quickly grew into being the full-time Design Director for Katalyst, creating compelling new experiences & videos through design and editing.
During my time with Katalyst, we were named top 10 in Advertising and Marketing by Fast Company 2010. Some of the many clients we worked with included: Pepsi / Mountain Dew, Kellogg, United Nations, The Gates Foundation, Nikon, The Cosmopolitan LV, Gilt Groupe, Microsoft, Intel, L'Oreal, Harpo, Vitamin Water, ABC network and many more. Helping our clients through design to surface their brands in new, unique creative experiences. Also, during my time at Katalyst, I created and ran the animated series Blah Girls, a with my team. The Blah Girls show ran for two years and could be seen on The Insider (ABC), The Rachel Zoe Project (Bravo) and as a weekly web series.
Design Director / Sr Designer / Photographer / Illustrator
Working with the creator and president of David & Goliath to build a better brand experience though product and design, being promoted from Sr. Visual Designer to Design Director. This position evolved over time and I enjoyed adapting and building my skills. From writing and illustrating children's books to professional photo shoots this was a truly amazing experience. Tasked with building and managing the creative and web departments, I hired and worked with a team of talented artists. (Designers, Illustrators, Layout artists & Web developers) In correlation with my role as Design Director I built and managed the internal workflow/technologies, daily timelines and budgets. During my time with David & Goliath, I expand the company's reach in the marketplace, online and offline, which resulted in increased revenue for the company. Also, re-branded and designed David & Goliath's brand identity, web experience and in-store displays as well as their retail identities.
Ringling School of Art & Design - BFA Graduated with honors, Bachelor or Fine Arts in Computer Animation / Motion & Visual Design, Minor in Photography www.rsad.edu/
Adobe CC Suite - Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, OmniGraffle, Pixate, Framer, ProtoIO, Quartz Composer,
Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Shake, Maya 2013, Logic Pro, Mac, Linux & PC Dev/Programming: strong - HTML5, CSS. Competent - JQuery, PHP
Pandora - Best User Interface / Mobile App and sites - 2016 link
Pandora - Best User Interface / Mobile App and sites - 2015 link
Mobile Excellence Awards 2012 & 2013 - Shazam Best 2nd Screen Experience for TV on Mobile or Tablet
Shazam 2013 App Awards Winner in both TV and Music experiences
Social TV Awards 2013 Shazam - Best Special Entertainment Social TV
The DewMocracy campaign published in Ad Age's Digital A-List 2010
Blah Girls animated series nominated for a Streamy Award (2008)
Founded Palisades High School Animation Department -1997. Instructed students from 1999 - 2003, later winning Autodesk's Chairmans Award for best animated short in F.I.R.S.T. Robotics & Animation Competition www.usfirst.org