Hi! I'm a data-driven designer and developer.

AR Data Visualization
Big Data
,
User Behavior
,
Spatial Experience
Graph Database
Big Data
Usage Metrics
User Behavior
Krunkle House
Spatial Experience
Boxes That Bloop
Spatial Experience

Novellas

The Bell Pepper
The Train From Yellow Lake

Installations

Nileo
The Last Stand

Singer Songwriter

The Escape

Bus Station

This is True

Composed and Performed
Produced and Directed

Furniture

Cartop Coffee Table
Catan Shelf and Table

Music Videos

Inside Outside (Roots Reggae)
Lemon Groove (Rap)
Alice in Wonderland (Jazz)

Electric Ambient

Multimedia Performance

Kim

Zimbabwe Walls (remix)

Duck Chase

Synthesized Audio

Collaborators

Brendon Hall painted the amazing illustrations for both my novellas, and provided guitar on The Escape. Karl Lowenguth was band leader and composer for Red Planet Man and Inside, Outside. He provided vocals on Lemon Groove and Red Planet Man. Nick Summers played trumpet on three tracks. Adam Green and Pierce Shipp worked with me to come up with The Last Stand. Adam also played bagpipes on "Kim".

Hi! My name is Ben. Here's my resume and LinkedIn.

I'm a data-driven designer and developer. I look for projects that combine imaginative thinking and real-world impact.

Most of my work experience has been on software product teams. But I’ve also designed and built a small house, crafted business proposals, and delivered user experiences that blend physical and digital spaces (sometimes leveraging AR and VR). The common thread connecting my pursuits has been collaborative creativity.

I’m a jack of many trades. On product teams, I often fall into an underserved role that helps to accelerate outcomes. I’m comfortable performing user research, full-stack development, and data science. I have some pretty strong opinions on quantitative user research, a topic that draws on (and has helped me to develop) all three of those skill sets. I enjoy writing copy, tutorials, and product specifications. Usually my team’s needs, and my deliverables, evolve throughout the product lifecycle (generative research → iterative prototyping → continuous deliverly).

I’ve spent the last few years at IBM Design, creating new products for data storage and analytics. During that time, I've worked across disciplines with designers, developers, and management. Within my teams, I've often found ways to improve cross-discipline workflows and collaboration. I find it fascinating to study the processes through which groups of professionals with different skill sets collectively identify and solve their user's problems!

I plan on spending my career at the intersection of big data, user-centered design, and emerging technologies. My interests include machine learning, the 4th Industrial Revolution, writing, architecture, and sound.


Imaginative Thinking + Real-World Impact

I saw a lantern

Five feet in air

Light in the night

Hovering there


The realists are all boring

The dreamers leave me snoring

They’re grounded so shamelessly

Or float away aimlessly


But when your eyes reflect the moon

You light the sky with shades of blue

Samantha, blue lantern, will you be mine?

I’m the realest one who, like you,

Still knows how to fly



Excerpt from Ch. 3 of The Bell Pepper

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