Me

Summary
My name is Eric Brown. I have lived on both the west and east coasts of the U.S.. I currently reside in the southeast where I enjoy access to the fast pace of city life, the beauty of the mountains, and the serenity of the beach. As a user experience designer and usability professional, all my work centers around the fact that the customer comes first. In order to create an outstanding user experience it has to be based upon solid user data. I strive to understand your users, your unique mission and business goals, then collaborate as a part of your leadership team to produce exceptional results. I leverage usability and customer experience to create growth strategies and tactical implementations, while measuring ongoing performance for web and mobile brand success.

My previous experience as an Account Executive with Web and digital agency, Five Q, allowed me to act as a usability analyst, relationship manager, and digital strategist. I looked out for the well-being, business needs, strategies, and goals of my clients. In essence, I made sure results were delivered for our customers and in the best interests of their users and leadership.

Previous to Five Q, I held the role of Principal Consultant at TiER1, where I specialized in learning strategies, client and project management, instructional design, leadership, and creativity. I have over 20 years experience in graphic design, illustration, production, and leadership. As well as over 14 years experience in interactive design, and over 9 years experience in instructional design, knowledge management, and CBT/WBT strategy and development.

Before joining TiER1, I was president of my own company, WeirdGuy Creative Solutions, Inc., where I had a proven track record as both an entrepreneur and creative professional. I led WeirdGuy from identity design to creative consulting in such areas as knowledge management, brand, resource, leadership, and content development. Clients included Rockwell Collins, Hilton Hotels, Chick-fil-A, Fortis Family, CDC Software, Sea Ray Boats, Washington State, GeoLearning, and Lucent Technologies to name a few. I am a firm believer that “fun learning” is essential and I bring that attitude to every project I have worked on.

My Toolbox and Specialties Include:
User research
Personas and mental models
Website analytics
Prototyping
Information architecture
Site maps and wire-framing
UCD
Card sort
User testing
Requirements definition
Search engine optimization (SEO)
Content strategy
Brand development
Business process analysis
Integrated marketing
Leadership and communication
Visio, OmniGraffle, and Balsamiq
PhotoShop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver
MS Office and iWork
HTML, XHTML, and CSS

Where Did The Name WeirdGuy Come From?
Well…long story

Organizational Involvement
I have been active in several professional and technology trade organizations including The Interactive Media Alliance (TIMA), where I served as a Board member, the Alias/Wavefront Users Group (producing, writing, and editing a monthly newsletter), the Adobe/Macromedia Users Group, and the Technology Associates of Georgia (TAG). In addition, I was on the Internet Committee of the NRB where I was a featured conference speaker and moderator. I have also been a contributing writer for the monthly NRB magazine and several blogs on leadership and learning.

Personal Interests
I love to learn and therefore have numerous interests. Some include receiving my black-belt in Okinawan Isshinryu Karate in 1993 from Grand Master Angi Uezu. I have been a private instructor and member of the Okinawan Isshinryu Karate and Kobudo Association (OIKKA). Because I am passionate about training future leaders and serving others, I was a founding Board member of a non-profit charity, Homeless Children International. I have also been an active charter member of North Point Community Church where I has served in numerous leadership and volunteer positions.

Contact
Feel free to contact me here on the blog,
-on my Facebook page,
-through my LinkedIn profile,
-on my Yelp page,
-via my profile,
-or, on Twitter, tweets away!

29 thoughts on “Me

  1. Jeff Feldhahn says:

    Hey Eric. A friend passed along to me your blog that mentioned a new business that my wife Shaunti and I started–homespires.com. Thanks for the kind words.

    If you have a chance to meet sometime in the coming weeks, I’d love to buy you a cup of coffee. I’d welcome a chance to hear your story. I see that we have a number of connections as I looked over your LinkedIn profile. I am an attorney and used to do some work for In Touch, when I worked at my old law firm.

    Let me know if you are interested in spending an hour or so over coffee. Given your experience and skills, I’d be interested in running an idea or two past you. And, it’s always good to make new friends.

    Jeff.

  2. Eric,

    Please say “hi” to my friends Adam and Courtney Thomas there at North Point. Courtney’s dad and I have led worship together for the past 15 years and our families are close friends (Adam and Courtney’s wedding inaugurated the newest addition to the church building).

    I’ve included you in my RSS feeds and look forward to future posts.

  3. Hey Steve, thanks for the “shout out” to Adam and Courtney. If I meet them I’ll definitely pass on the message. Glad you like the blog — I hope you learn and apply.

    Keep reading!
    -eb

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  5. Renee Oglesby says:

    Hey Eric,

    I was notified of your post but Facebook is a blocked site at work. I could not find your email addy on this site, probably just missed it.

    I’m ok, DB is okay but there is a story. -Of course- there is a story :) I’ll Facebook you later from home or you can email if you like.

    Was glad to hear from you, whatever the circumstances. Love your blog!

    Renee

  6. Nga Pham says:

    Mr. Eric Brown,

    By accident I came across. I think we took the Black Belt test together.
    Have a good week!

    Nga

  7. Eric –
    I found your blog on technorati looking for other leadership development blogs. It’s very good; I subscribed via google reader and will stop by now and then and comment.

    I’ve had a blog called Great Leadership for about six months now. It’s got a 38 technorati rating and I’m trying to improve it. Would you be interested in doing a link exchange to help each other out?

    If so, please leave a comment on my blog or email me at annielab@frontiernet.net.

  8. Dan Coughlin says:

    Eric,

    Thanks for publishing my article. I appreciate it. If you would like for me to send you my monthly articles, I would be glad to do so.

    Take care,

    Dan Coughlin

  9. Hello,

    I’d appreciate if you can give me some feedback on our site: http://www.regencyshop.com and our item hanging Egg Chair.

    I realize that you are home decor-modern design connoisseur :) I’d like to hear your opinion/feedback on our products. Also, it’d be swell if you can place our link on your

    blog.

    Thank you,

    Sean

  10. hi,

    i just came accross your site and i find helpful esp in my studies. i’m a graduating student in nursing here in phils and we have a subject in managment nursing where management styles, theories, etc are tackled. thanks a lot!

  11. Hi
    I just accidentally saw your works but I’m amaze
    of your works I taught the car is real excelent work well you must be call the weird guy because your like a M.I stand for Mission Imposible

    p.s
    Uhm by the way can you give me some advice when it comes to designing in illustrator?
    I would be glad to hear your advice (^-^)

  12. Dave says:

    Hi Eric Brown,
    I tried to send you mail through all mentioned way… but could not.
    Please send me your e-mail address, so I can write you mail.
    Or send me link to feedback form which you can access.

    Dave

  13. J says:

    I stumbled upon your site today and really enjoyed reading the thought provoking and informative articles. Thanks for your time and hard work in making these ideas accessible without having to read a hundred 300 page books!

  14. Hi Eric,

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  15. Finding relevant sites on this topic is sometimes hard to find. You did an excellent job covering the subject and I look forward to more posts from your site. Do you offer RSS Feeds or feedburner to get more content for our blogs?

  16. Beth says:

    Hello…I stumbled upon your blog while searching for more info on the “animal personalities”. I’m in leadership at my church and during a group training lunch our pastor had the group take the test. I needed more info on the personalities while counseling a gal who was struggling with a twisted view of the various types (I had her take the test so that we could discuss her views). I found your info insightful and incredibly useful, not only for that specific counseling session, but for defining and refining my own leadership style and skill. Thank you!

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