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Welcome to the online resume and portfolios of Jim O'Brien, passionate user interface (UI) designer and evangelist of the user experience.

Over the years I have worn a lot of hats and many titles, including: Web Site Designer, Senior Web Developer, Manager of Web Integration, User Interface Designer, Senior Information Architect, Product Designer, Senior User Experience Designer, Senior Interaction Designer, Senior User Experience Architect, etc. When I am not designing, I have been known to play the role of a project manager, a team lead, a consultant, and even a business analyst. People sometimes still ask what it is I do.

The short answer I always give? "I do web design." The more complete response is I create solutions to challenges involving user interfaces on the web. I work to integrate new or improve existing features and functions while striving to ensure business goals and objectives are met all while working to create the best possible experience for users. The intended experience is captured in the wireframes, mock-ups, and detailed design specifications I am primarily responsible for.


UI Design Expertise

  • Web site and intranet design.
  • Application design (primarily thin-client, but some thick-client too).
  • Evaluations, task flows, storyboards, wireframes, prototypes, and design specifications.
  • Design processes.
  • Usability (Certified Usability Analyst, CUA).
  • Hand-coding validated HTML, XHTML, and CSS.
  • Internationalization (I18N).
  • Accessibility.
  • Search engine optimization (SEO).

Latest Projects: InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG)


ihg.com site images

Read more about this project and others



a picture of my MacBook Pro's keyboard


In The News...

March 20, 2016 - Refreshed and Responsive
JTDG content has been refreshed and made mobile-friendly! This site is now responsive and should look good on your mobile devices.

March 19, 2016 - Seeking Employment
I am actively seeking new employment again as my current contract is coming to an end shortly. Preference given to FTE and secondly to long-term contract. If you are in need of a solid, solutions-oriented UI designer, contact me.

March 19, 2016 - Hijacked!
JTDG ranked search results have apparently been hijacked (redirected) by a casino-related entity. I am currently working with the search engines to resolve the issue. In the interim, type in my URL directly.