Corey Stone Sr. Product / UX / UI Designer,
making hard things fun since 1997.
Headshot of Corey Stone

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.

  • 5/5UX Design
  • 5/5UI Design
  • 5/5Info Arch
  • 4/5Visual Design
  • 4/5Usability Testing
  • 4/5User Research
  • 4/5Prototyping
  • 3/5Project Mgmt
  • 3/5HTML & CSS
  • 1/5JS & jQuery

My LLC products

Below are my self-produced products (mostly apps) which I designed, contracted the dev work, and marketed, including all writing and social media. Self-funding your own products is certainly an eye-opening experience, with many opportunities to learn things, sometimes the hard way.

Just me giving you the double thumbs-up!
Animated GIF of several views in HERO Keyboard.

HERO Keyboard

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 iPhone 6 and 6+, you can tilt the phone to shift the keyboard to one side for easy one-thumb typing.

Save your thumbs, my friends.
HEROkeyboard.com

Cheermoji logo

I cheered in college and coached KU's squad for 11 years, so naturally, I made some cheer stuff!
Cheermoji.com

College Recruiter

Screenshot of college cheerleading recruiting service

Cheerleaders can easily compare college cheer programs and submit their info to 300 college coaches in one simple form. Visit the page

Shirt Shop

Screenshot of college cheerleading recruiting service

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, I learned a lot.

CheerKeys app

CheerKeys screenshot

CheerKeys is an iOS keyboard app that lets you paste cheer-themed stickers into any messaging app that allows images. App Store

Cheermoji app

Cheermoji demo

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

Cheer Fury game

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

MixPlay animated GIF demoo.

MixPlay app

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:

  • Quickly import music from email, Dropbox, URL, or iTunes.
  • Easily define your routine sections.
  • Play a section in one tap! Scrubbing blows.
  • Play routine music offline.
  • Easily adjust tempo from 50%-150%.
  • Auto-repeat to drill a section.
  • No music yet? Use the included "Spoken 8-counts" track.

MixPlay is also in Deutsche, English, Español, Français, Italiano, Português, Русский, 简体中文, 中國傳統的, 日本語, 한국어.
MixPlayApp.com

Web apps & sites

I made my first web site in 1996 after reading an HTML 2.0 book on the bus in college. Here are a bunch of web apps and sites I've done since then.

School projects

Industrial Design B.F.A.

University of Kansas, 1997

The KU ID program provided 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.

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

Ergonomics/Biomechanics M.S.

University 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.

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. Feel free to email me at corey@coreystone.com, and here's my resumé (pdf) if you need it. Thanks!