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.

POWERED BY
STORY

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

I design to address current needs while being mindful of a future we wish to live — not in a Black Mirror. I create with a holistic vision, always working to fit pieces together.

Crafting Story

HATS & TOOLS:

However you feel about a jack of all trades, my long freelance experience has led me to be flexible in the hats I wear.

But one thing is always certain: my clients use me to help craft stories for their audiences.

Product Design Works

Product Design

Product Design is my long-term focus when being on-staff with the right company. As a freelancer, this role is usually done for projects with longer timelines.

Visual Design Works

Visual Design

Visual Design is my go-to foundation as a freelancer. The projects I’m on can often include animation and motion design.
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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