Hello! I'm Corey — husband, father of four, and designer working remotely in Lawrence, Kansas (the sunflower state). This site doubles as the home page of my self-produced Corey Stone LLC side projects, and as my porfolio and resumé.pdf.
Overall, I think my best strength is envisioning what a product could become, then designing an intuitive enjoyable interface even if the data is complex. Keep on scrolling to see some of my work, and if you scroll far enough, you'll see some sweet shiny bevels from the early 2000's. You know you miss them.
In English, just 9 letters are used 80% of the time, so my patented design makes them bigger and centered where your thumb likes to be. The result? Finger travel is reduced by 35%, or "3 feet per Tweet."
HERO also puts common symbols on the main screen so you won't have to switch views as much. On bigger iPhones, you can tilt the phone to move the keyboard to the side for easy one-thumb typing.
Save your thumbs, my friends.
The owner of my kids' gymnastics gym wanted to create some sexual abuse educational content for kids, and asked me to help. A family therapist wrote the source content, then I reframed it, rewrote it, and art directed it (hiring an illustrator on fiverr) into a kid-friendly gamified app that:
If it prevents even one child from being abused, it'll be worth it!
I cheered in college and coached KU's squad for 11 years, so naturally, I made some cheer stuff!
Cheerleaders can easily compare college cheer programs and submit their info to 300 college coaches in one simple form. Visit the page
I designed a bunch of cheer-themed shirts, phone cases, and mugs, then set up a Shopify storefront with on-demand fulfillment by PrintAura. I've since closed the shop, but I learned a lot.
Cheer GIFs are both iMessage Stickers and an iOS keyboard for pasting into any messaging app that accepts image pasting. It includes 61 cheer-themed stickers (40 animated + 21 static), all in 3 hair/skin tones. App Store
This was my first app, which lets you create images from flyers, bases, facials, signs, poms, and more, then export or paste them into tweets, texts, Instagram, Facebook, etc. App Store
There aren't any good cheer games out there, so I made Cheer Fury myself in GameSalad, except for a little help with In-App Purchases. It's also on the Google Play store - my first time launching on Android. App Store
When you coach a music-based routine, you usually play the music from your phone, repeatedly "scrubbing" to find the part in the routine that your team is practicing, which is a pain in the ass. It's also tedious to get your routine music (usually an mp3 emailed to you) into your phone's Music app. So I made something better. MixPlay can:
MixPlay is also in Deutsche, English, Español, Français, Italiano, Português, Русский, 简体中文, 中國傳統的, 日本語, 한국어.
The KU ID program gave me a well rounded design education partly due to the three design professors' different approaches: One was very user-focused and stressed a process-oriented approach and generous usage of human factors information. Another was very market-driven: "what are the benefits and why would someone buy this?" And the last stressed the "coolness" of the design, with more emphasis on form and uniqueness. Shown below are some of the design projects I did in school. Sorry they're not very high-res; 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).
Results showed that finger muscle activity generally increased as typing speed increased, but trapezius activity didn't. Few differences in muscle activity were found when using different keyboards, except that finger flexor activity was higher and efficiency lower when using the Kinesis keyboard. Typists achieved optimal efficiency when typing at comfortable and fast speeds, rather than slower-than-normal speeds.
Everyone paints floor-to-ceiling murals on their kids' rooms, right? No? Hmmm. Since we moved a couple times, I ended up painting a total of 4 rooms, each taking a few months. Sadly, I can't seem to find photos of the first couple, but here's Eli's Nemo room and Christopher's Tarzan/Jungle Book room. Click them for zoom-able versions.