Product Design through UX & Visual Design is my expertise. I handcraft experiences to enable thoughtful interactions with technology. During 10 years of freelance work, I’ve thrived by working with diverse groups and people.

NATE GRUBBS

Product & Visual Designer

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Handcrafting experiences to enable thoughtful interactions with technology.

Handcrafting experiences to enable thoughtful interactions with technology.

Powerd by
Story

I am a freelance multidisciplinary designer with some unicorn traits. Storytelling is a huge part of my toolkit in creating engaging experiences. It’s achieved through intuition and clarity by editing.

I design to address short-term needs while being mindful of a future we wish to live — not in a Black Mirror.

Here are the two areas where I can help:

Visual Design Works

Visual Design

My foundation has been built on a holistic approach to Visual Design. Great design runs deeper than an interface’s surface. It requires insight around Purpose, User Experience, and Storytelling.

Product Design Works

Product Design

My Product Design is my long-term focus. It involves designing what a product / service does, how it looks, and how people experience it. A great product experience is crafting story around all these pieces.

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MY APPROACH

Product Design through UX & Visual Design is my expertise.
Three words describe my approach to my work:

Head-Heart-Hand

HEAD

I conceive and filter ideas to create the perfect product / service. Doing so uses:

  • Design thinking
  • Storytelling
  • Big-picture perspective
  • Strategic thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Tech Philosophy

HEART

I design with a human-centered approach for positive outcomes for businesses and the people they serve. My soft skills include:

  • Empathy
  • Listening & filtering
  • Hospitable personality
  • Coaching style leadership
  • Lightness & humor

HAND

I use a diverse set of design skills for creating elegant digital / physical experiences. Deliverables include:

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My Values:

Technology shouldn’t distract or fragment our lives and conversations. I design to engage people for #TimeWellSpent through well-being and tech ethics.

My Values influence everything. They help me see differently and contribute something meaningful to every project. View My Values.

 

My Focus:

I work with a visual and conceptual lens, and helping people see a bigger picture is my passion. People engage ideas with clear stories, and so much of my work is shaping and editing complex pieces.

 

My History:

I’ve worked on both coasts of the US and currently in Europe. I’ve been a part of small and large teams working with a wide range of local and large international brands. As a freelancer I worked at Frog Design and in-house at Philips.

A thirst for challenge led me from Charlotte to Portland to Amsterdam, also fueling my love for bicycles, good coffee and photography.

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BRANDS

These are brands I’ve worked with