Syracuse-based Product and UI/UX Designer with some Bay Area and Boston flavor thrown in for good measure.

I have over 20 years of experience designing digital products and experiences, and building teams that get things done. I’ve worked in both agency and in-house environments, for clients ranging from small non-profits to some of the largest corporate entities in the world. I believe the most effective product design comes from an unrelenting focus on the user, and I’m passionate about creating products and crafting experiences that speak to users in a way that materially impacts their lives.

About

My name’s Greg Wright. I’m originally from Syracuse, NY and I’ve recently relocated back home after spending most of my working life in Boston and San Francisco. I most recently worked at Informa PLC, where I was the UI/UX Design Director for their Informa Markets division. I led a small team of UI and UX designers, focusing on building product platforms and websites for Informa Markets’ many industry events and conferences.

My expertise is in applying design thinking to the building of complex design systems that scale; I love finding the delicate balance between business needs, engineering constraints, and the needs of the user. I approach my projects with an intense focus on process – I think good process paves the way for good design, and so I’ve become an adept project manager capable of coordinating diverse teams and individuals from backgrounds including marketing, product, design, development, and engineering. This focus has provided me with a unique understanding of what drives my colleagues and clients, and how to best make use of everyone’s talents to bring about the best final product.

When I’m not working, I’m spending time with my amazing wife Sarah, our beautiful daughter Aria, and our American Foxhound-mix dog Daphne. I love reading, music, photography, travel, tattoos, and working on my motorcycle.

Experience

Director of UI/UX Design – Informa PLC

2018 – 2020
Managing a team of UI/UX designers in developing and implementing large-scale responsive design systems for Informa Markets’ digital and event products – websites, mobile and web applications, emails, and microsites, etc. Responsible for the design and maintenance of digital platform products for 300+ event brands. Collaborating closely with developers, PO’s, and clients within agile sprint cycles. Defining and implementing new processes for external team collaboration. Responsible for managing freelancers and external contractors.

Director of Interaction Design, Product Team – UBM Americas

2014 – 2018
Acted as lead designer, and managed a team of UI/UX and Product designers as part of UBM Americas’ Product Team. Was responsible for coordinating with stakeholders to define, design, and implement new products, while focused primarily on UBM Americas’ event websites and mobile applications. Worked closely with developers and stakeholders to create the ‘Event Site Builder’ – a Drupal platform that drove UBM Americas’ websites.

Sr. UI/UX & Product Designer – UBM Americas

2011 – 2014
Responsible for designing event brand guidelines within a larger team of brand & graphic designers, and coordinating the brands’ application to UBM Americas’ 200+ websites. Managed and mentored a team of three interaction designers focused on designing digital experiences and collateral for event brands and media websites.

UI/UX & Brand Designer – Think Services

2008 – 2011
Designed and developed websites for a diverse range of brands and audiences. Led numerous rebrands for major brands including the Game Developers’ Conference, Gamasutra, and Interop.

UI/UX & Product Designer – Native Instinct

2007 – 2008
Responsible for branding, print design, web design, and advertisements for clients within an agency environment. Worked with clients such as Flip Video, Google, Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola, and Nike.

Education

Northeastern University

Master’s Degree, Global Studies and International Relations
2017 – 2019

Northeastern University

BS Graphic Design, BS Anthropology, concentration in New Media & Web Design
2002 – 2007

Currently Learning

Reading

The Design of Everyday Things

Listening

Product Breakfast Club
Design Details
The Hacking UI Podcast
IDEO Futures
Masters of Scale
UI Breakfast: UI/UX Design and Product Strategy
User Defenders Podcast
Adobe Wireframe

Courses

No Stress WordPress
React for Designers
Moder React with Redux
Human-Computer Interactions – HCI, Interaction Design Foundation
Conducting Usability Testing – Interaction Design Foundation

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