New York City Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, Greater New York City Area
Digital Product Designer, January 2020 – Present (1 year 4 months). As a product designer on the product and technology team, I work with colleagues through direct input and the mentorship of junior staff and fellows to support our portfolio using user experience (UX) research/design and user interface (UI) design/engineering.
Working NYC Product Launch – Designed and developed the brand identity and UI for working.nyc.gov, a workforce program guide aggregator. Conducted usability interviews and worked with other team members to launch and iterate on the product during its post-launch phase.
ACCESS NYC COVID-19 Response – Redesigned homepage and introduced COVID iconography of access.nyc.gov, a benefit program guide aggregator and eligibility screener, to funnel the traffic surge due to the pandemic. I scoped and oversaw the implementation of the Special Announcement structured data schema for COVID-related information through the management of junior staff.
Lead Front-end Developer, May 2017 – January 2020 (2 years 9 months). As a lead front-end developer on the product and technology team, I work with colleagues through direct input and the mentorship of junior staff and fellows to support our portfolio using UI design and full-stack development.
ACCESS NYC Development Contributions – Contributed to the development of 60+ releases to the core product, access.nyc.gov, including new features, optimizations, and security enhancements.
Online Applications Pilot – Architected a SAAS-based solution with Ruby middleware for digital forms for City rent stabilization programs and oversaw the minimum viable product development by an engineering fellow.
NYCO WordPress Boilerplate – Engineered an open-source development environment, remote management tool, and documentation guide for our WordPress products.
Additional open-source projects – Created 13+ open-source packages used by our products. Including pattern library tooling, WordPress plugins, and Vue.js applications.
The Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity offers a fellowship program for emerging designers, product managers, and engineers to gain experience working in local government. I had the opportunity to mentor 4 engineering fellows and 1 user experience fellow.
Principle, Digital Product Designer, exp. design
May 2009 – May 2017 (8 years 1 month), Greater New York City Area. I provide digital product design and web development services using design research, brand identity, UX design, UI design, data visualization, and full-stack engineering through my freelance practice.
Clark Product Launch – Designed and engineered UI elements for the product launch, including landing pages, social media assets, sign-up forms, and product UI for Clark, a tutoring business management platform.
Hello Smile Homepage Redesign – Redesigned and engineered homepage for this innovative NYC-based pediatric dental provider network.
2016 Design Fellow at the Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood Foundation
June 2016 – October 2016 (5 months), Greater New York City Area. I participated in agile-based research, prototyping, and development sprints to create technology solutions for low-income New Yorkers that address access-to-justice issues in the areas of juvenile justice, foster care, and consumer debt.
- Daisy Debt – Led engineering and product design of a non-profit SAAS product, daisydebt.org, that helps financial counselors assert their client’s rights against unlawful debt collection agencies.
Co-founder, Chief Design Technologist at Quadrant.io
May 2014 - December 2015 (1 year 8 months), Greater New York City Area. Lead front-end developer and designer of the core product and marketing site for Quadrant.io, a macro-economic data platform. I designed and developed the brand identity and UI, including macro-economic data visualizations, dashboards, and chart-building tools.
Design Technologist at Sideways Inc. – September 2012 – March 2014 (1 year 7 months), Greater New York City Area – I programmed interactive experiences for marketing websites and web applications using front-end development.
Interactive Designer at happyMedium – April 2012 – August 2012 (5 months), Greater St. Louis Area – I designed, prototyped, and developed interactive experiences for mobile and desktop applications using creative strategy, brand identity, UX design, front-end development.
Interactive Designer and Front-End Web Developer at 2e Creative – October 2009 – March 2012 (2 years 6 months), Greater St. Louis Area – I designed and programmed interactive experiences and produced video content. Using my skills in UX design, UI design, front-end development, video production, and animation.
Linda Tvrdy, 2016 Civil Justice Fellow, Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood Foundation
Worked directly with Devon at Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood Foundation
Devon is a deep thinker who begins from a place of compassion. He meets people where they are, whether that person is a New Yorker City resident helping with user research or a legal academic without much tech experience. He unhesitatingly embraced the complexity of trying to improve access to justice for ordinary people. Without losing sight of that complexity, he designed elegant and practical tools, not to mention beautiful. In addition to being a first-rate designer, Devon also has “mad engineering skills,” to quote one of our teammates. In addition to his professional skill, Devon is the definition of a team player. He preserved team cohesion by keeping us focused on our goals, and he facilitated ideation sessions that brought out the best each of us had to offer. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Dane Vrabac, Founder and CEO, Quadrant.io
Managed Devon at Quadrant.io
Devon is both an exceptional designer and a front-end developer. He’s easy to work with and takes pride in everything he delivers. He’s flexible enough to work with either a fixed set of requirements or a rough idea and make it great.
Joe Toohey, Principal of 2e Creative
Managed Devon at 2e Creative
Devon embodies the individual who is constantly pushing himself to new heights yet has his feet firmly planted in the realities of life and the business of doing intelligent creative. His willingness to tackle any challenge with commitment and dedication to excellence functions as a catalyst to propel any initiative he undertakes to a heightened level. I am confident that one day he will be viewed as a trend leader within the creative industry.