Hello. I'm Bill.

I'm a multimedia Swiss Army knife and a digital craftsman. For more than 15 years, I’ve worked where my passions for communication, creativity and technology intersect. Through professional experience with design, animation and front-end development, I have evolved into a seasoned UX Designer/Developer who can lead projects and also talk to clients in a language they can understand.

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Primary Languages

HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, JavaScript, AS3, JSON, XML, a little bit of PHP.

Primary Software

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Edge Animate, Audition, Media Encoder, everything else in the CS6 Master Collection and more.

Recognition

2011 ADDY Award: Missouri History Museum interactive kiosk.
2012 ADDY Award: Web & Interactive portfolio for Mills James Productions.
2013 Bronze Quill Award of Excellence: Web & Interactive portfolio for Mills James Productions.

Notable Clients

Alliance Data, American Signature/Value City Furniture, Bath & Body Works, Bob Evans, Cardinal Health, Caterpillar, Cintas, COSI, Dick's Sporting Goods, Embassy Suites, GE Healthcare, Key Bank, McGraw-Hill, Missouri History Museum, Nationwide Insurance, Ohio Lottery, OSU, Renascent Hotels, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Safelite, Verizon, Victoria's Secret, Walmart and more.

Personal Interests

Writing, composing and recording original music; Creating art; Writing; Biking; Space exploration; Trying to understand modern physics; Technology; Simplicity.

UX Goals

My focus of late has been on blurring the line between the concepts of "site" and "app." I'm striving for this through a mobile-first approach, using responsive design to tastefully work within the constraints of the various available screen sizes, applying elements of gamification and borrowing from my experience with animation to create user experiences that are simple and fun to use. I see the future of the web as being more tools-based: more about providing simple solutions rather than serving up the digital magazines of old.

Below are some recent projects that represent these goals.

Animation Reel

I primarily rely on After Effects and Flash for animation projects. I've created animations for national television ad spots and many applications for the web and live events.

Art

Making art is my playground. I use it to explore philosophical concepts in a whimsical way, unencumbered by the specter of marketability. I often learn a lot from these explorations.