Hello! I'm Austin (they/them), a designer living in Chicago.
I love the web. I've been designing for it since I bought my first copy of Coda in 2007, and haven't looked back since.
Today I'm an interaction designer at Jellyvision, and the design lead for The Advent Project: an online multimedia project that, every December, features bite-sized art from 24 artists to support a worthy cause. We've raised money for organizations like Midwest Access Coalition, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, and Community Justice Exchange.
My favorite design projects educate and entertain in fulfilling ways. I'm especially interested in conversational interfaces, and learning more about their merits and pitfalls. I value grounding our work around clear, testable, user-centered goals. And I believe designers must evaluate the ethics of their jobs and projects, and understand how they affect people's lives.
ALEX Medicare Creative lead and interaction design for a personalized Medicare educational experience
ALEX Benefits Counselor Creative lead and interaction design for a tool that helps people with their benefits and finances
The Advent Project Art direction, UX design, and front-end development to benefit organizations dedicated to social and environmental justice
An interactive map to help Illinoisans find their elected officials
A series of reels introducing the artists behind The Advent Project
The design advice that's meant the most