Corey Stone

Founder & Full-Stack Product Designer

Diagram of my high-level design process: Empathize > Ideate > Evaluate > Iterate.
Just me giving you the double thumbs-up!
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Hello! I'm Corey, and I like to make things better so people's lives are a little easier. As a kid, I designed skate ramps and putt-putt holes on the family Mac Plus. Now, I'm a remote-working full-stack product designer for act.org's new products and portal used by millions of students per year. I'm a design generalist comfortable designing anything, but new products are the most fun!

In my free time, I exercise almost as much as I should; ferry my 4 kids to soccer, piano, and gymnastics; and found, design, and market my side projects — so far HERO Keyboard, MixPlay, Stop the Groomer, and Cheermoji, and now working on a SaaS and physical product.

You can see my work below, my skills in the nearby plethora of stars, or my idea sketchbook, blog, or resumé (pdf). Thanks! 😀

  • 5/5Product Design
  • 5/5UX Design
  • 5/5UI Design
  • 5/5Info Arch
  • 5/5Writing
  • 5/5Visual Design
  • 5/5User Research
  • 5/5Usability Testing
  • 4/5Axure Prototyping
  • 4/5Behavioral Design
  • 4/5Photoshop
  • 4/5Sketch
  • 3/5Illustration
  • 3/5InVision
  • 4/5UX Evangelism
  • 4/5Collaboration
  • 4/5Facilitation
  • 3/5Motion Design
  • 3/5Agile / SAFe
  • 3/5Mentoring
  • 3/5Product Mgmt.
  • 3/5HTML & CSS
  • 1/5Javascript
  • 1/5Yodeling

Projects & Products

Some older stuff:
Testing SaaS | eTech SaaS | NEXIQ Site | iLoan

School projects

Industrial Design B.F.A. / U. of Kansas, 1997

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. Click below to see some of my school projects. Sorry they're so small — the 90's were blissfully low-res.

Moka Maker Child's Riding Toys Cooking Utensils Folding Lawn Chair Ski Boot CD Rack Brochure Stand Greenball Volleyball branding

Ergonomics/Biomechanics M.S. / U. of Iowa, 2000

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.

Wrist posture when using each of the three keyboards.

Seth Godin's altMBA, June 2017 (Cohort 11)

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.

Our old pal Seth Godin.

Murals

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.

Eli's Nemo painted mural room. Christopher's Tarzan/Jungle Book painted mural room.

That's it!

If you read all the way down to here - thanks, and kudos to you! If you just did a quick scroll to the bottom to make sure you're not missing anything, well that's pretty cool too. You can check out my idea sketchbook, blog articles, or resumé (pdf) if you'd like, and feel free to email me at coreywstone@gmail.com. Thanks!