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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.

For more than 16 years, I have worn many hats and many name tags: 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, etc. When I am not designing, I have been known to play the role of a Project Manager, a Team Lead, and even a Business Analyst. People still ask what it is I do.

In short, I help plan and design web sites and applications to be more user-friendly and easy to use so users can accomplish their goals and businesses can ultimately be even more successful.

Expertise includes:

  • Web site and Intranet design.
  • Software application design (mainly web-based, but some thick-client too).
  • Evaluations, task flows, storyboards, wireframes, prototypes, and design specifications.
  • Design processes.
  • Usability (Certified Usability Analyst).
  • Hand-coding validated HTML, XHTML, and CSS.
  • Internationalization.
  • Accessibility.
  • Search engine optimization.

Learn more:

A well-designed user experience can help a business:

  • Establish a professional Internet presence.
  • Differentiate itself from the competition.
  • Bolster its brand.
  • Improve customer retention.
  • Improve the usability and overall user experience of an existing site or application.
  • Increase ROI.
  • Reduce rework.
  • Improve conversion rates.
  • Reduce incoming phone calls.
  • Decrease training required.
  • Prevent users from wishing they did not have to use your site or application.
If you take your users' experience seriously, value usability, and support the role of a professional, experienced designer, then I can help.
Abstracts of flow and wireframe examples