A Hybrid Designer 

I have played many roles. Art Director, Creative Director, UX Lead, Information Architect, Design Manager, UX Designer and Researcher...

...but my vision is the same in any project: to provide users with elegant, seamless online experiences and universal access to the content they desire. The kind of experiences that create an emotional connection between a customer and a brand. The kind of experiences that foster a symbiotic relationship between a customer and content provider, fulfilling each others needs. 

I bring nearly two decades of roll-up-the-sleeves design experience in advertising agencies, design consulting, as well as working client-side for the federal government, leading teams and projects, mentoring junior staff.

 

I was recently Creative Director of UX/web at the Library of Congress supervising a team of 8 professionals, where I set creative guidelines and standards for the Library’s web properties and various interactive experiences.

There's a lot to tell. Ask me.

Before the Library I was consulting in the UX trenches for Sapient where I played Information Architect, Art Director, Creative Lead, visual designer, UX Lead — depending on what the contract required.

A lot happened there. 
Not everything was my fault.

The decade before that spent in advertising agencies gave me thick skin, good design sense, creative management skills and the constant collaboration made for an easy transition into UX for me.

What happens in advertising stays in advertising.
Good stories for sure.

If you want to connect with me you can find me on Linked-In or just email me at designdaddy@gmail.com

Stephen holds a Master of Design degree in User-Centered Design Planning from the Institute of Design, IIT in Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising from VCU.