Jamie's face, with long blond hair and brown and gold wire-frame glasses

Hi! I’m Jamie.

I’m a designer with a PM mindset who helps teams ship simple, accessible software.

Note: This site was made for my job search that ended in accepting a full-time offer from Bentobox in February 2021. I haven't had the chance to update my personal site outside of this note.

Quick Background

After a BFA in graphic design, I spent over four years helping 2U build a platform for online degrees at 70+ universities.

Since then, I’ve helped operate an indie arcade, done event and portrait photography, co-designed a (soon to be) published video game, and worked with community groups helping weather the current world.

What I’m Looking For

I’m seeking a design position that lets me contribute to high-level strategy and architecture while doing ground-level production work, ideally for a project with a social mission.

My Work Style

I aim to clarify a team’s vision. I think methodically. I push for quality but avoid perfectionism in evolving systems. I lay out future possibilities to avoid pitfalls. I regularly ask, “Is this the best way to do this?” I cultivate the relationships, vocabulary, and habits to grow success over the long run.

Work Samples

Course Management Platform

I helped a product team transform an MVP for one client into enterprise-scale course planning and production software. We worked with content production to map and restructure a maze of unique processes, tools, and data models.

screenshot of a Course Planner web interface, with lessons arranged in sequences of blue dots and icons for content types screenshot of a Course Builder web interface, with inputs for content editing and production statuses

Severe development constraints limited how much we could improve the UI with each release. Instead, I focused on redesigning the information architecture and workflows supporting version control and publishing. This enabled exponential growth in course development as well as integration with third-party learning tools.

photo of two whiteboards, each with two high-level diagrams of possible data structures for version control photo of the senior engineer and product manager on my team talking next to a whiteboard photo of a whiteboard from a working session, titled 'I/O to Content App' flow diagram of user roles and workflows across 2U software systems flow diagram of 2U user roles and workflows as they connect to an 'enrollment system'

Design System

I helped design, code, and iterate a component library over four years. After the initial launch, I maintined the Sketch symbol set and worked with the design team to incorporate new components as needs arose.

screenshot of a collection of interface components such as buttons, form inputs, progress bars screenshot of complex Sketch symbol overrides for circular progress bars at various levels of completion screenshot of complex Sketch symbol overrides for number-type form inputs in various sizes and states screenshot of complex Sketch symbol overrides in action for a tooltip component animated screencap of a toggle interface component changing states

We gave the marketing team a controlled set of variables to change styles by brand while maintaining our accessibility and design standards.

screenshot of a coding interface describing the rendering of button interface components in different states, based on a set of variables

Lecture Player

I led a project as hybrid designer/PM to launch a cross-platform video player for multimedia lectures. Work had to start immediately, so we prioritized back-end dev tasks to give us enough time to collect existing research, establish a roadmap, and design and build components on a rolling basis.

photo of a designer on my team sitting at a desk sketching mobile interfaces with a Sharpie photo of a whiteboard with video interface components broken apart and labeled in groups with numbers 1 to 4 screenshot of a desktop video player interface with picture-in-picture for the video of a professor lecturing on top of their slideshow screenshot of a mobile video player interface with a transcript below it screenshot of mobile video player interface with an overlay for video chapter selection screenshot of a fullscreen mobile video player interface, with the phone oriented in landscape screenshot of the same mobile video player interface, with visible controls for chapter and slide selection as well as standard video player controls

We centered the long-term vision around the transcript, using it as a static timeline to connect all supporting content for students that may not be able to watch the video itself. We shipped a pared-down version within two weeks to meet the deadline for a program launch.

screenshot of a web interface showing images and timestamps next to sections of a transcript presentation slide listing product features in a sequence of five releases

That's it for now. If you want to learn more or think I could help your team, please email me at jamie@mclean.xyz.

Have a nice day! ☀️