I love stories.
This one starts at the end and flows backwards from there.
Here's my latest talk. I've presented it four times, most recently at SxSW Interactive. This video is from HIVE.
I love learning something and teaching it to others. This comes in handy in my two jobs as a design lead at Microsoft and an instructor at the Art Institute of Seattle.
Before Microsoft, I worked at frog design on a lot of fun projects that I am not allowed to talk about.
Before frog, I worked at RealNetworks, All Star Directories, and Jott Networks.
I specialized in partnering with other teams, so I've had the chance to work with talented people from all around, including NBC, BBC, NPR, NASCAR, CNN, Big Brother (US), Pearl Jam, Playboy, NFL, WNBA, Nokia, AT&T, CA (Computer Associates), Skype, NASA, and many others.
"Alignment" is my middle name.
Ok, not really, It's just an expression.
But even though I just lied to you, here's the takeaway: I am passionate about getting people working together, either internal teams in an organization or improving client relationships.
I'm someone who likes to design and code real things that attempt to make things better, then try to teach what I learned in the process.
Here's what other people have said:
"Jon is incorrigibly, chronically, fatally, frightfully creative. He is never not studying things, making things, or making things better. This is a guy maxing out his possible positive contribution to the world, and enjoying it."
William van Hecke, User Experience Lead at The Omni Group
"Jon's passion and enthusiasm for great design can be inspirational, but belies a deeper talent. The critical eye that powers his intuition for design is also turned on refining his own work, strengthening the product of any team that includes him."
Hans Gerwitz, Technology Director at frog design
"Jon will keep you forever on your toes. He crosses boundaries aggressively, but with understanding and an eagerness to learn. He is selfless. He lifts everyone around him with only a tiny, friendly nudge. He is dedicated, insightful, daring, clever, passionate, and endlessly curious. It's rare for so much influence to flow from such a gentle soul."
Mike Kruzeniski, Creative Director on Windows Phone
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Oh, by the way, I'm not currently taking on freelance work nor am I looking for a new job, but feel free to say hi! People like receiving friendly mail, and I'm definitely a person.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you :)