Jordan Dobson

Jordan Dobson

Senior Prototyper / Designer / Developer / 22 yrs

Tacoma / Seattle, WA

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I'm a hybrid of a designer / developer who loves creating digital products for web, mobile & AR/VR by combining design, motion and code to tackle complex problems with elegant solutions.

My 20+ years of experience includes:

 •  13 yrs - Mobile & Web Designer / Developer
 •  5 yrs - Product Prototyper
 •  8 yrs - Owner & Designer @ Squad, Inc.
 •  4 yrs - Owner & Director @ Glue
 •  3 yrs - Mentor / Co-Founder of Framer Seattle meetups
 •  1 yr - Ruby Programming Certificate @ UW
 •  1 yr - iOS & Mac Application Development Certificate @ UW


I am certified as a Unity Developer and have been a Mentor & Co-Founder of Framer Seattle meetups for the past 3 years. I've done numerous workshops on Prototyping at the Framer Loupe Conference, Google and Twitter as well as presenting multiple talks on "Code as a Design Tool".

Specialties: Prototyping, Mobile Design & Development, Unity, Motion, CSS, HTML5, Animation, UX, Interface Design, Client Side Engineering, Motion Graphics, Swift, JavaScript
Work History
  • Research & Development Prototyper

    Microsoft

    November 2017 - Present

    Exploring new concepts for yet to be released projects including: designing, prototyping and building tools for designers to implement Fluent Design system on the web, apps, AR and VR platforms.

  • Product Designer / Developer

    Facebook

    March 2017 - August 2017

    Designed, prototyped and built new features for Proton, an internal cross discipline React based design, prototype and collaboration tool. Features include states, templates & dynamic layout V2.

  • Lead Design Prototyper

    HBO

    August 2016 - February 2017
    Seattle, WA

    Built and designed prototypes for VR, mobile, desktop & connected TVs. Helped w/ UX research and did quick iterations for user testing. Created VR UI concepts for a new design system.

  • Motion Design Engineer / Prototyper

    Skype

    June 2016 - August 2016

    Designed, prototyped, validated and translated UI motion design concepts for the first desktop app release. Developed tools and a process to define & integrate motion across all platforms.

  • Product Developer / Designer

    Freelance

    April 2010 - Present
    Tacoma, WA

    Clients, Teams & Projects:

    T-Mobile, Xbox, Zapd, Bayan Branch, Remit.ly, Sencha, MontageJS, jQuery Mobile, Pinch / Zoom, Projekt 202, Jive, Zenprise, Push.io, Radius, Seattle.js, The Superformula, Loyola College, mStoner, Explore.fm & GroupToDo

    I've presented, lead teams, designed, programmed, prototyped, tested and built mobile & web apps, web & native products with React, Objective-C, Swift and Javascript for iOS, Android and modern desktop and mobile browsers.

  • Prototyper / Designer / iOS Developer

    Microsoft

    January 2014 - June 2016

    OneNote
    •  1 yr - Designer / Prototyper / Front End Developer
    •  Crafting ideas for a new UX framework using interaction and motion. Sole front end dev on the OneNote.com style guide and toolkit. Researcher for site hosting, build processes & localization.

    OneDrive & Office 365
    •  1 yr - iOS Design Developer / Design Prototyper
    •  Designed, prototyped, tested and built interactive features shipped to millions of iOS users. Contributed to Office UI Fabric toolkit. Interactive concepting for SharePoint touch based authoring.

    Sway
    •  6 mos - Lead Prototyper / Designer
    •  Pushed the limits of UI while designing prototypes for content construction and selecting content to manipulate. Worked closely with engineers, improving the UI and design details before launch.

  • Design Prototyper / Front End Developer

    Groupon

    April 2013 - October 2013

    Lead randomized data driven redesigns of product pages. Built CSS & modified Javascript needed for their rebrand. Prototyped signin pages with validation and CSS switching for multiple layouts.

  • Lead Mobile Designer / Front End Developer

    Expedia

    July 2011 - May 2012

    Lead design team to build first mobile web experience on over 20 global markets using progressive enhancement and feature detection to support a wide range of platforms and capabilities.

  • Owner / Designer / Creative Director

    Squad, Inc

    January 2002 - December 2010
    Seattle, WA

    Branding + Web + Design + Print + Motion.

    A creative agency that crafted 100s of interactive experiences, viral campaigns, ecommerce stores, beautiful print designs & brand identities for clients in the music and entertainment industry.

  • Owner / Product Designer / Developer

    Glue

    April 2005 - June 2010
    Seattle, WA

    Glue was a mobile focused product designed & developed under Squad, Inc used by over 20,000 artists and musicians to share their content across social networks and websites.

    https://jrdn.io/eHJB

  • Owner / Designer / Creative Director

    MerchSquad

    June 2001 - June 2010
    Seattle, WA

    A full service e-commerce platform designed and developed by Squad, Inc serving hundreds of artists and musicians.

  • Designer / Owner

    VectorSquad

    January 2001 - January 2002
    Seattle, WA

    My first startup which was focused on providing cutting edge concepts for artists and labels in the music industry.

    Vector Squad's varied services were eventually split up to create Squad, Glue and MerchSquad.

  • Designer / Animator / Developer

    Dayfather

    October 2000 - May 2001
    Seattle, WA

    At this small three person startup, I created flash sites from concept to completion. Many of the projects were very experimental and included liberal amounts of animation sequences.

    This is the job that taught me how to run a business and push me to start my future business ventures.

  • Junior Designer / Developer

    PhotoTrust

    August 1999 - October 2000
    Bellevue, WA

    This position started as an internship through Bellevue Community College where I was able to use many of the skills I learned from my Multimedia Design degree. After my internship and graduation PhotoTrust hired me to continue the work I started.

    I created many mini sites based around their main photography site using flash, HTML and Javascript.

Education
  • Unity Certified Developer

    Unity Technologies

    May 2017 - May 2017
  • Certificate in iOS & Mac Application Development

    University of Washington

    June 2014 - March 2015
  • Certificate in Ruby Programming

    University of Washington

    September 2008 - June 2009
  • AA in Multimedia Design

    Bellevue Community College

    August 1998 - June 2000
  • Eastlake High School

    August 1996 - June 1997
  • Penn High School

    August 1993 - June 1996