Who I am

I'm a volunteer, master's degree holder in Human Factors, former Ph.D. student of Psychology, entrepreneur, & caring individual. I'm one that turns down roles if they do not impact the world in a positive way. I joined UX to change the world in my own way. One day I plan to work for free when I have enough money saved.

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What I Do

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I provide strategic UX research & design with PM & Dev chops. UX & visual design are my core skill sets and the rest help me function well on a team. I make significant contributions to improving user experience with the services & technologies I work on. I produce expert analysis of quantitative as well as qualitative data to inform better designs I create in Sketch, Zeplin, & Figma.

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How I do UX

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Requirements gathering

Direct observation, user & stakeholder interviews, persona profiles, empathy maps, and customer journey maps

 

Requirements specification

Business requirements, gap analysis, and service design blueprints

 

Design

Participatory design sessions, innovation factory, user flow diagrams, card sorting, wireframes, sketches, visual designs, and interactive prototypes

 

Evaluation

Usability testing, heuristic evaluations, and product design review
Tools: Sketch, Zeplin, & Figma.  

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Selected Samples

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Real Estate 

Real Estate Property Valuation Software

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Restaurants

Kitchen Display System

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Point of Sale Restaurant System

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Healthcare

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Random Samples from My Career

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Volunteer & Donor

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I spend many of my weekends volunteering at a place called High Hope Ranch that aims to help children & adults get into nature. I am currently cutting trails & burning some of the wood. The dream is people will care more about their environment if they see all the good out in nature. I also donate to a charity called Save The Children that attempts to help the most needy kids in the world survive and thrive.

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Accomplishments

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Hackathon dev competition: In a team of four we won 2nd place out for 17 teams with a project for gate traffic data visualization. I do not have the original designs from this but I did a recreation here. We also created a nice professional printed poster board, had multiple screens & tablets and all four of us pitched to execs.

 

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Publications

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  1. DeLucia, P. R., Brendel, E., Hecht, H., Stacy, R., & Larsen, J. T. (2014). Threatening scenes but not threatening faces shorten time-to-contact estimates. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 76, 1698-708.
  2. Brendel, E., DeLucia, P. R., Hecht, H., Stacy, R., & Larsen, J. T. (2012). Threatening Pictures Induce Shortened Time-to-Contact Estimates. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 74, 979-87.
  3. Many blog articles on LinkedIn

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Recent Recommendations

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Ryan is a passionate, articulate, and caring senior UX designer and researcher. He cares deeply about user's needs and desires to have a strong positive impact on the team and projects he works on. He also devotes a significant amount of his time to doing or understanding specialties outside his core skill set such as JS, CSS, and SQL. He cares about people at a personal and professional level and enjoys making them smile. With him on your team you will get his A game every single time.

John Wes Solomon
Data Scientist/BI Developer

 

Ryan is passionate about consulting and has a strong desire to make significant contributions to projects he is on. He consistently delivers and communicates his needs to make those deliveries happen with excellence. I’ve worked with Ryan on a few projects, including marketing initiatives, and discovered there is a lot of overlap with user experience. If you find yourself on a project with him, you can expect a positive demeanor as well as high quality a-game level work. I think his career progression will be something to expect a lot from.

Spencer Mathews
Marketing Manager

 

Ryan is a highly intelligent, passionate user researcher and UX practitioner. I worked with Ryan on several client projects and internal design initiatives at Saxony Partners, and--despite adverse business conditions--Ryan's professionalism and expertise came through every day. I'm particularly impressed with his skill in user research methods and usability analysis. If you get the chance to work with Ryan, consider yourself lucky!

Ben Judy
Conference Speaker & UX Lead