Lee Beckwith is an interaction designer with 4 years of experience including brands like Honda R&D and Samsung. He has experience in designing for mobile apps, augmented reality, automotive, hardware + software UX, and finance as well as other areas. He draws on his education in HCI and design to combine design creativity and research-based, user-centered design in his work. Lee is currently available for both consulting and full time work.

 

Work Experience

 

Big Tomorrow (2015 – 2016)   —   Freelance Interaction Designer

Interaction Designer for holistic design consulting project. My responsibilities included strategic consulting with the business, interaction design wireframing, iteration on design flows, and communicating with a team of designers and project managers on collaborating towards a complete design solution.

 

Samsung Research America (2014 – 2015)   —   Lead UX Designer

Lead designer for Milk Video. Integrated UX research and conceptual work into production of streamlined video service with many brand collaborations, netting 500k monthly active users 6 months after launch. Design and engineering were done with a small agile team. This was a strategic product design position with responsibilities including user experience design, wireframing, visual design, and spec/asset production to support engineering.

 

The Orange Chef Company (2014)   —   User Experience Designer

The Orange Chef Company offered a unique, high level hardware and software product early into an emerging market: smart devices and cooking. The Prep Pad was a Bluetooth enabled, steel and wood scale that paired with an iPad app to show the nutritional content of the food you weighed on it. My work as a UX designer included expanding the iPad app to iPhone by a complete redesign, as well as expanding the feature sets of both platforms to include social functions, recipe sharing, fitness integration, third-party hardware integration such as the UP band, and a host of other significant changes. 

 

US Bank (2013 – 2014)   —   Mobile Information Architect

Information architect for US Bank's mobile app which services over 2 million users. We re-designed the app, creating improved engagement and being briefly featured as best new financial app in the App Store in 2013. Communicated with business, developers, and risk/security sections of the company to create strong user centered designs for future implementation. Deliverables include heuristic analysis, usability testing, IA task flow diagrams, sitemap architecture, wireframes,  and research documentation.

 

Honda Research Institute (2012 – 2013)   —   Lead Designer & Researcher

Lead designer for a small team of computer scientists working on augmented reality applications for an in-car 3D heads up display. Directed the design process from user research, synthesis, design, prototyping and testing. Design work included 3-D prototyping/modeling, visual design, and prototyping using video simulations of augmented reality. Responsibilities also included design advocacy through  presentations to the company, talking both about the content of our work and elaborating design and research methods for the work of all the engineers at Honda.

 

Xerox PARC (2012)   —   Ethnographic Researcher

I conducted ethnographic research for Xerox PARC using high standards of ethnography and sociology research near Indiana University. Methods included video, participant inquiry, and coding and analysis of collected data. Worked with a team of distributed graduate students to discuss findings.

 

National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo Japan (2011 – 2012)   —   Research Internship

I designed and conducted experiments on Japanese mobile phone users, and I designed a novel interactive system for writing Japanese that does not require the use of vision or a second hand. The system was designed to match the particular cognitive map of the Japanese language that is learned by children in Japan, which is known as the Goju-on, which means "50 sounds". By mapping the mental model of the language to the human hand, I designed the most intuitive mapping possible.

 

Education

 

Indiana University (2010 – 2012)   —   Master of Science, Human-Computer Interaction Design

The HCI/d graduate school combines an academic approach to HCI with a practical, famously demanding design program. In addition to core coursework on interaction design practice and theory, I also focused on interactive fashion / "wearable" concepts, storyboards, human-robot interaction, and creative process management. 

 

Academy of Art University (2013)   —   Graphic Design Coursework

Taking graphic design coursework out of personal interest and to expand on overall design execution skills.

 

University of Southern California (2004 – 2008)   —   Bachelor of Music, Classical Guitar Performance

Besides a focus in classical guitar performance, I also secondarily focused on music composition, arranging, improvisation, and atonality and modernism. 

 

 

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