Hello! I'm Corey, a remote-working full-stack UX/Product Designer with 22 years' experience designing digital B2C, B2B, SaaS, and mobile experiences in multiple industries. I'm an innovative problem solver who can make the complex seem simple.
In my free time, I exercise almost as much as I should; I ferry my 4 kids to soccer, piano, and gymnastics; and I solo-preneur some iOS apps.
“Corey is super creative, thoughtful, innovative, responsible, ethical and an all-around decent, good egg.”
- Todd Cohen, former Director (my boss) at KU
“Corey is very collaborative, creative, and super fun to work with. He has a knack for solving tricky problems. I was always impressed by his ability to describe ideas, and willingness to brainstorm. He is articulate and responsive. I would welcome the chance to work with him again.”
- Andrea Baker, VP at CannonDesign
“Corey is an excellent designer with strong technical chops. He is able to proactively move projects forward with minimal guidance and oversight. He is not afraid to tackle complex problems and always brings a fresh point of view. He can think big and enjoys brainstorming big ideas, but he also can patiently navigate his way through the weeds. His humor and style help to diffuse hectic, tense, and dynamic situations. Bottom line — he's a craftsman, he's fun to work with, and he gets stuff done.”
- Mark Kopulos, Lead UX Designer at ACT
“Corey’s always looking for the best ways to enhance a design, jumped right in when learning new research and collaboration tools, has a thorough understanding of the user-centered design process, and was able to thrive in very challenging circumstances. I’d highly recommend Corey for any senior or leadership position within user experience or product design and I’d love to have the opportunity to work with him again sometime in the future.”
- Derek Darby, former UX Director at ACT
“As his manager at Kleinfelder, I appreciated Corey's willingness to learn new things and take on challenging projects. He is a very talented UX Designer with a good eye for incorporating what is really important into his design. He does not hesitate to ask questions. Corey is responsible and reliable – I never had any concerns that he would complete a project on time or produce a quality product.”
- Rebekah Stevens, BA Manager at Kleinfelder
“Corey has a way of bringing an idea to life by turning the brainstorming of a concept team into a clear product design. He understands the customer and is always creating great solutions that both delight the customer and save money and time for the company. He is also a great team member, always bringing ideas to the table along with a sense of humor.”
- Kaitlynn Griffith, Sr. Director of New Growth Initiatives at ACT
“Corey continually raised the bar in intelligent UX design, prototyping, A/B testing, and maximizing conversions. He has an impressive depth of knowledge in UX research and a rich understanding of marketing, customer funnels, and value laddering. Corey is a fantastic team player, always sharing knowledge. It was an absolute pleasure and education working with him.”
- Ben Mossman, Lead Solutions Architect at ACT
“Corey is always user focused in his designs! His design takes into account the constraints and business goals and still is very user friendly. I have always found him to be super friendly and a great team player. His communication skills are amazing and he can easily express what his designs are trying to achieve. Super fun to work with as well!”
- Sri Rao, Sr. Business Analyst at ACT
The KU ID program gave me a well rounded design education partly due to the three design professors' different approaches:
Click my school projects to see them. Sorry they're so small — the 90's were blissfully low-res.
Despite my design professor telling me I should get my master's in Cognitive Science, I got it in Ergonomics / Biomechanics to improve my ability to design physical products. Turns out he was right. He was always right. Oh well — live and learn, I suppose.
For my thesis, I tested the muscle activity and efficiency of finger and postural muscles during slow, normal, and fast typing on a standard keyboard, a "fixed-split" ergonomic keyboard, and Kinesis' Contour keyboard (now discontinued, but similar to this). Turns out, there wasn't much difference. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I'm a big fan of marketing guru Seth Godin's teachings, and his month-long virtual altMBA workshop course was a great opportunity to dig in deep on giving and receiving feedback, using empathy to find solutions, and asking "Who and what's it for?" Much of it aligned well with what I'd learned in my user-centered Industrial Design program at KU, but some concepts like the Business Model Canvas and Decision Trees were new to me. Overall, time well spent.