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:
Personas and mental models
Site maps and wire-framing
Search engine optimization (SEO)
Business process analysis
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?
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.
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.