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 & UX Designer

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Designing to enable thoughtful, sustainable interactions with technology.

Designing to enable thoughtful, sustainable interactions with technology.

POWERED BY
STORY

I am a multidisciplinary designer with some unicorn-like traits. Product Design brings together my skills in UX & Visual Design + Motion Graphics. I’ve bound them through storytelling.

Designing thoughtful and sustainable interactions with technology may sound obvious. Yet for me that involves being mindful of how business goals can serve the intentions and well-being of people and society using these products and services.

Story-crafting is my key tool in shaping engaging experiences. It’s about arranging all the details to inspire. Complexities do arise, and it takes a bit of intuition, empathy, and a lot of editing to produce clarity. I create with a holistic vision, always working to fit project pieces together.

Crafting Story

HATS + TOOLS:

However one feels about multi-discipline designers, my long experience of freelance has led me to be highly-adaptable in diverse projects like:

– blended physical / digital products
– mobile apps and websites
– vision-casting and explainer-videos
– branding & corporate design language

Product Design Works

Product & UX Design Portfolio

The End-to-End Solution

Product Design is not just for physical products. I approach it as a holistic way of thinking about the experience of interactive products or services. It’s my long-term focus as a designer — from permanent positions to freelance assignments with longer timelines.

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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 new challenges has led me to crisscross the globe from Charlotte to Portland to Amsterdam. That also fuels my love for bicycles, good coffee, cinema and photography.

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BRAND EXPERIENCE

These are brands I’ve worked with: