Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.
Hello. I'm Jared. I'm a graphic artist currently living in the Seattle area. Jrad Design is an online display of my work, as well as information about what I've done and for whom. For design inquiries or questions drop me a line. Cheers!
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
- Steve Jobs
I am a highly creative and multitalented graphic designer with over 7 years experience in web and application development, advertising, marketing, and print design. I am a passionate and inventive designer, creating advertising designs and campaigns while performing under deadline-driven environments, above client expectations. My major strengths are in campaign conceptualization, development, and implementation across UX, UI and visual design.
Experience in all phases of design projects, from UI and UX wireframes to visual skinning and styleguide creation.
A strong eye for design aesthetics along with creative artistry, allow me to take current design guides and/or assets and bring them to life.
Up to date with the latest design styles and when to follow the pack, or walk the inventive path. From the mobile space to the 3D space, design is ever changing and I have a passion for keeping up.
Strong understanding of how design needs to work with code, platform, and environment to drive the best experience.
Design can be a daunting task, but with over 7 years of experience, I can tackle any of your design needs. Whether you are looking for just some icons, or maybe some small edits to an existing design, or even an entire brand created only from a few ideas rolling around in your head. I have experience doing all of it. With extensive professional experience, along with a passion for design and creativity, I have the skills to tackle any design task.
I have design experience in high fidelity visual design, UX/UI, concepting, marketing: digital, print, and POP materials, application: mobile and web, as well as basic industrial design.
From company logos and icons to business cards and marketing materials, everything to create a lasting impression on whoever sees it.
From sketching to wireframes to final visuals, bringing a full user experience to life can make all the difference in a product used once versus over an over. I have "battle tested" experience throughout the whole process across an extensive variety of design platforms - from mobile and web, to print and apparel.
Fresh ideas, a different perspective, a completely new direction. Creativity is the ability to connect the seamingly unconnected.
Eperience with photo retouching, advanced photo manipulation and composition, as well as an extensive knowlege of photography and it's process, give me the ability to bring ideas and content together cohesively.
"His strengths are visual design, UX design, UI design, interaction design, industrial design, marketing design, application design, mobile design and mobile interaction. He does extremely well when on the cutting edge of technology and design. He works very well with other members of the team and is capable of not only managing his own time, but if and when necessary leading and motivating others to do the same. He works at a very fast pace and is incredibly talented and passionate about what he does. Takes a critique like a true professional and is an asset during a critique of others. He has been a main driving force behind 3 phone apps, including UX, visuals and even spec writing. His presentation skills are strong and he can easily lead a room through a review with grace and professionalism."
"Quite simply, Jared is a rock star. I've had the pleasure of having him as a contractor on my UX team for 9 months now. Highly motivated, bright, and passionate about great design, Jared led up some of the most complex and challenging problems my team faced. Jared designed the Microsoft Tag iPhone and Android apps from "soup to nuts" -early concepts, scenarios, wireframes, animation explorations, detailed specifications through to production, implementation and release. Working extremely close with our PM and engineering partners, Jared's enthusiasm, creativity, technical "curiousity" and dedication has built him a reputation for high output with a great attitude. Apart from his assignments, Jared has also been a great team member in stepping up for additional work and consulting with other designers on their projects. I look forward to working with Jared again and can't recommend him enough."
Senior Design Lead @ Microsoft
"Jared is a highly talented, forward thinking visual designer. He is meticulous, hardworking, and a great collaborator. During the time we worked together his contributions and feedback were invaluable to the project and I hope to work with him again someday."
"Jared is probably the best designer I have had the pleasure of working with in my career. His friendly, inquisitive approach is refreshing and his creativity and ability to meet short deadlines is inspiring. Jared played a critical role in Microsoft Tag by being more than just a designer. He worked closely with development and program management, representing the design vision and would never hesitate to put together new designs/mockups based on input. Jared was the go-to designer whenever we needed to brainstorm and his contributions to the look and feel of our applications on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone were critical. His energy, enthusiasm, and creative flair really make Jared stand out from his peers. I would work again with him in a heartbeat."
"Jared was an absolute pleasure to work with. His passion and enthusiasm for the projects we worked on made him an incredible asset to have on our team. He is a self starter and very motivated. He excelled at taking early concepts, worked closely with engineers, PMs and leads to develop them into finished products. He was integral in shipping the tag app for iPhone, android and windows phone 7. I would say one of his strongest skills as a designer is he was able to get at the essence of what a user was trying to do and design for that problem, this was something that came naturally to Jared. He was able to articulate a concept and lead a room through his thought process and gain conses on a direction. I highly recommend him and would definitely work with him again."
When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity. -Linda Naiman