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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, and even Lead UX Designer. 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 still want to 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).

Last Engagement:
InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG)


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In The News...

April 5, 2017 - Back in The Saddle Again!
Search engine results, that is.

With some investigation, we discovered some bad files on our server allowing our site to be hacked and ultimately hijacked. The long story short? We deleted them and fixed the issue ourselves.

It has been over a year since our site was hijacked and then subsequently removed from the search engines. As of today, we are ranking within the first and second pages on Google once again for a few of our favorite keyword phrases. Please use caution when electing to use any apps you are not familiar with, even when they come from your ISP.