"... Jim was a major asset to my team that consistently rolled up his sleeves and got the job done. He takes pride in his work and is passionate in every aspect of his role, which comes through in his deliverables and how he leads his team.
Jim was also an excellent manager and cared for his people through out his tenure at InsightGlobal. Any team that hired Jim would truly benefit from his experience and leadership. ..."
- Collin Taylor, Director of Digital Innovation
"... I have worked with Jim for several years and his work ethic and character are second to none. He has taken on several roles in the time that we have worked together, and he has excelled across the board, most recently as a member of our leadership team.
He is down to earth, easy to get along with, a master of his craft, and just a really great guy with high character and passionate about everything he takes on. ..."
- Zach Grieshop, Vice President - Technology & Innovation
"Jim is a very creative individual who will come up with solutions to challenges that will surprise you. He and I worked closely on an experimental project that ultimately became a new startup within Cox Automotive (Make My Deal). I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jim as we bounced ideas against each other, working toward a solution that eventually pleased both consumers and our primary client. I would be happy to work with Jim again any time in the future."
- Martin Krohne, Senior Manager Product Innovation
"Jim leaves a strong impression with his contributions as a user experience architect. On my team, Jim was able to lend his well-rounded skill set to solve problems both large and small-feature-adds or holistic user paths were approached with equal passion and focus. Jim uses his drive for both detail and clarity to easily dissect any big picture into its many moving parts, and his enthusiasm for user-advocacy leads to smart, forward-thinking decisions."
- John Kay, Manager, Digital Experience Design
InterContinental Hotels Group
"Jim is a passionate and determined user experience designer. He always strives to place the user at the center of all design decisions and is very thoughtful about the little details that transform a product from simply good to becoming great. Jim strives to challenge that status quo and embraces product design innovation. In fact, he was the primary design on for a new product concept that Cox Automotive filed for a patent and has since become a new business."
- Kevin Gallagher, Sr. Director, User Experience
"I have had the opportunity to work with Jim over the last four years across a variety of projects. Throughout those engagements, he has consistently been a trusted partner who can work through complex user interaction challenges with a simple, straightforward approach. Additionally, he always thinks through both sides of the interaction transaction which leads to holistic solutions that truly address the complete market need. As a Product Manager, I truly enjoy working with Jim because he often challenges the status quo and/or preconceived thinking which generates conversations that lead to a better solutions in the long run."
- Jason Remaley, Senior Manager, Product Operations
"It is my pleasure to have worked with Jim for over 4 years, and I highly recommend him as a passionate, outspoken UX professional. He demonstrates a good rapport with project team members, and devotes himself to any assignment with a high degree of diligence. His interaction design acumen and project troubleshooting acuity have proven indispensable to our team."
- Peter Berndt, Visual Designer
"Whenever I'm assigned to the same project as Jim, I know I can rest assured that the design phase will go smoothly. Jim's wireframes and other deliverables are always impeccable, and going beyond his job description to ensure the success of a project is just part of his routine. Even in a workplace with exceptional people at every discipline, Jim's combination of talent, effort and honesty makes him stand out."
- Andrew Golaszewski, Content Designer
"Jim is an outstanding Interaction Designer. He delivers innovative solutions to complex problems and documents them with comprehensive UI specifications that clearly explain his work to others. His attention to detail is second to none. He enjoys reviewing the work of his peers, listening attentively and providing helpful feedback when doing so. I enjoy working with Jim very much and look forward to continuing to work with him into the future."
- David DeMumbrum, Interaction Designer
"I had the pleasure of working with Jim on an AutoTrader.com project to redevelop the vehicle compare tool. Jim's contributions to the project went far beyond normal expectations, and the quality of his work is unsurpassed in my experience. Without impact to the project, Jim single-handedly raised the bar for user interaction design deliverables, and supported the team with pro-active collaboration, taking time to ensure all understood the intended user interaction experience, and that the design accurately reflected the needs identified by the business and product management. Would I work with Jim again? Absolutely, and without hesitation!"
- Dan Beckett, Consultant
"Jim was a true asset to our project team. An articulate and incisive problem-solver, he was adept at simultaneously processing intricate details and assessing their potential impact on the big picture. Jim has proven himself to be a highly skilled interaction designer and the consummate professional."
- Justine Petruska, Sr. Content Designer
"As Jim's peer, I have observed that he is adept at cutting through the issues and finding the path that will move a project forward. He is a committed advocate of the user and of the business needs driving the project. His work is always open to review by his peers so that his experience and sound judgment are augmented by his ability to listen and be flexible."
- Lon Hetrick, CUA, Interaction Designer
"Jim and I worked together to strengthen site security at AutoTrader.com and I was very impressed with abilities: his designs were well-researched, highly usable and logical; he was customer focused (both external and internal); and he was pleasant to work with (he used his sense of humor to keep things positive and on track). Jim is a great interaction designer - I highly recommend him."
- Mark Carubia, Senior Product Strategist
"Jim O'Brien is a thorough and detail-oriented interaction designer who is excellent at balancing design for user needs with an appropriate use of new technologies.He is persistent in his drive to "get it right" for end users, but he also understands the need to deliver a workable product, on time. Interesting, challenging, and often funny, he keeps his colleagues intellectually on their toes. A true professional in every sense of the word."
- David Johnson, Interaction Designer
"Jim's strong analytical skills coupled with his experience with software and web development and design make him an excellent asset to our team. Jim digs deep into the problems faced on any project and explores all possible solutions to find the most appropriate one. While focusing on user interactions and information architecture, Jim has demonstrated a his broad knowledge of the full lifecycle dependencies in software development. I regularly engage Jim for honest and valuable feedback and respect his insights."
- Christopher Tranchina, Senior Interaction Designer
"I highly recommend Jim as he is an outstanding interaction designer. Jim has tremendous knowledge and experience that he brings to every project he works on. He works quickly, but is also very thorough and detail-oriented. Given the opportunity, I would not hesitate to hire Jim."
- Matt Wallens, Manager, Interaction Design,
"Jim is a consummate professional. He readily shares his working knowledge and is always striving to make things better. He can lead a team or add support and is always considered a valued member."
- Mark Sutton, Visual Designer,