A fantastic first impression always
begins with a solid foundation of
a good user experience. Ensuring
the users are not only happy with
a product, but also enjoy using it,
can be paramount to success.
Content may be king, but nobody
respects a king with a disgraceful
castle. Having a phenomenal user
interface is more than just pretty
pixels, it's based on data-driven
design, focusing on your users.
Finally, turning the concepts and
research into reality. Ensuring the
finished website not only functions
as a beautifully unified system, but
also is mantianable, responsive,
and semtantic, is a top priority.
Dribbble is a popular community for designers to share progress of their work. You'll find much of my work on my profile, dating all the way back to 2011. From personal projects, client work, and even volunteer projects as well. Follow me there for regular updates on what I’m working on.
People have great things to say about working with me! Take a look for yourself and see what my previous clients are saying about their projects and their experience working together. Each testimonial links to the client's website, be sure to check it out!
I am forever grateful for finding Dustin. He's a designer who really understands UX/UI and knows how to bring an idea to life. My new website design came out better than I had it mocked up in my head! I'll continue to use his services and recommend him to everyone.
Dustin is highly recommended for his professionalism, excellent communication and his attention to details. My experience was great from start to finish, and his services exceeded our expectations. Our company has worked with Dustin for several projects, and his skills have been vital to our success.
We have been very much impressed by Dustin's ability to read our minds and deliver an identity for Kipin Hall that perfectly symbolizes our vision and conveys the stylish, elegant & modern image we needed to sustain the development of our company.
I frequently publish long-form editorials on subjects like user experience, web development, and design. You can see external publications, as well as regular posts on my blog. If you enjoy reading, subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on future posts!
The last century has seen a tremendous shift in the value we place on artisans. Particularly in light of the mass market style production of products, craftsmanship is still sought after for its quality and distinct style. Today, web designers are amongst the list of professionals who are working with the constant threat of being automated and replaced. Luckily for us though, despite previous technological revolutions putting thousands or millions out of work… We have no reason to fear in the short term, if we can adapt.
Empathy arguably underpins user experience design more than anything else. Without it, we would all essentially be flying blind, lacking any clues as to what our users want or need from the things we create. Empathy allows us to imagine ourselves in our users’ shoes and better understand why they love (or hate) our creations, however it’s not their thought processes, but their emotions that we’re attempting to understand. Emotion can be used to persuade and shape our users’ decisions to better meet our goals and/or expectations.
Startups are notorious for bringing an idea from a concept to a finalized product fast. While there’s certainly something to be said for taking our time and doing in depth research at every milestone, sometimes we just need to get an idea up and running as soon as possible. Rapid prototyping in a startup culture slims the typical design and development process to hit the high points and retouch the lows after the fact. We can learn a lot from this methodology and apply it directly to our own work, even if that work isn’t for a startup.
Style guides of yesteryear are typically thought of as design-oriented documents focusing on branding and color usage. But with the advent of insanely large codebases for websites like Facebook or Google’s vast array of products, style guides have since evolved. These days, living style guides contain always up to date documentation of the current code base and its use cases. With these documents we can write much more maintainable and reusable code while seeing instantly how optimized our code base is.