Karen Clark ColeKaren Clark Cole Chief Executive Officer & Partner
Karen is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Blink UX. Karen is primarily focused on Blink's growth, strategic planning and culture. Karen also wears the Chief Operations Officer (COO) hat at Blink and spends time speaking, mentoring and writing.
Karen began her career studying Fine Arts in Vancouver, BC at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. She holds a degree in Art History & Visual Arts from the University of Victoria and is a graduate of the Information Technology & Multimedia program from Capilano University, Vancouver. Karen also started a Ph.D. program in Values Driven Leadership at the Benedictine University in 2015.
Through her work at Blink, Karen was a winner of the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year award and she was a finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2015. In 2016, Blink was listed on Forbes Magazine's Best 25 Small Companies in America list and has won the Puget Sound Business Journal's Washington's Fastest-Growing Private Companies award in 2015 and 2012, Seattle Business Magazine's Tech Impact Silver Award in 2015, The Women President's Organization's 50 Fastest-Growing Women Led Companies Worldwide award in 2014, and was listed on Inc. Magazine's Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America list in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.
Karen is an active member and speaker for the International Leadership Association (ILA) (ILA), an active member in the Small Giants Community, and a board member for the World Trade Center. Karen is currently the Executive Director and President of the Board for the non-profit organization she founded in early 2014, Girls Can Do. Girls Can Do is an event series for girls with the mission to inspire a generation of Possibility Thinkers and ignite a vision for Equal Opportunity.
Karen currently writes a column for Forbes.com on the Entrepreneurs Channel, and has been written about in Inc. Magazine, Puget Sound Business Journal, Geekwire Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, Center for Values Driven Leadership, St. Margaret's School, Chapter Be, LTD Daily, and The Pacific Institute.
Karen was born and raised in Victoria, Canada, and she loves to ski, run, garden, kiteboard, and hang out with her amazing daughter. You can read Karen's full LinkedIn bio and follow her on Twitter @karenclarkcole.
Kelly FranznickKelly Franznick Chief Innovation Officer & Partner
Kelly is the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) and Co-Founder of Blink UX. He focuses on the future of Blink’s tools, services, and methods while also working on unique project requirements. He is passionate about making our daily interactions with technology more innovative, intuitive, and rewarding.
While growing Blink from two to over sixty employees, he has worked with hundreds of clients, from tech-sector heavy hitters like Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, to startups, and non-profits. He enjoys working on cutting edge projects in the data visualization, healthcare, and the IT spaces. He feels lucky to have contributed to some of the largest and most successful product launches in history
Always eager to share his passion for design and technology with others, he volunteers his time as an instructor and external advisor for programs at Lake Washington Institute of Technology and the University of Washington. His work has been recognized with a number of awards including several IDSA IDEA awards for design excellence, and he has spoken on the topic of UX at the University of Washington, Convey UX and the Project Management Institute to name a few. In 2011, he was featured as “Geek of the Week” from Geek Wire Magazine.
In 2016, Blink made Forbes Magazine's Best Small Companies list and has won the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Washington’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies award in 2015 and 2012, Seattle Business Tech Impact Silver Award in 2015, and was listed on Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America list in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.
Kelly holds a degree in industrial design from Arizona State University and a Masters from the Institute of Design in Chicago. Prior to founding Blink UX, Kelly led user-centered design teams at E-Lab, Personal Health Connections, and Bowne. You can read Kelly’s full LinkedIn bio and follow him on Twitter @kfranznick.
Randy LieberRandy Lieber Chief Financial Officer & Partner
As CFO and Partner of the company, Randy oversees Blink’s finances and administration. He is in charge of the overall health and viability of the company, ensuring log term sustainability and profitability.
Randy has more than 30 years of accounting and finance experience, including 14 years at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and later serving as the Chief Financial Officer of several public and private companies, including CellCyte Genetics Corporation and Ascentium Corporation. At Ascentium, Randy was a key member of its management team from its inception in 2001 through its dramatic growth period ending in 2008. Randy left Ascentium in 2008 to start an accounting consulting firm working with start-up technology companies.
Randy has a BS degree in accounting from Central Washington University and became a CPA in 1987. He is the treasurer of FEAT of Washington and is on the Board of Directors of the Greater Seattle Youth Bowling Association. He spends his free time coaching youth bowling and driving his daughters to local youth bowling tournaments.
Heidi AdkissonHeidi Adkisson Principal UX Designer & Partner
Heidi is a Blink Partner and Principal UX Designer. She has been leading complex projects since Blink's inception, delivering strategy and design for hundreds of clients including ISB, Garden City Group, NASA, Moen, and Providence.
Heidi has over 20 years of software development experience working with large-scale system implementations. Her experience includes requirements analysis and interactive design, working with established companies such as AT&T Wireless and Microsoft.
Heidi has a Masters in Human Centered Design and Engineering and an MBA from the University of Washington. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Colorado State University and an Associate of Applied Arts in Web/Multimedia Design from the Art Institute of Seattle. Heidi is a member of ACM SIGCHI and Puget Sound SIGCHI.
John DirksJohn Dirks Head of Research & Partner
John has been a UX research manager and user researcher for over 20 years. Joining Blink shortly after it was founded in 2000, John has been instrumental in growing the company's research practice to the highly capable team it is today. John has specialized in complex research engagements over the years, including multi-phase field studies involving consumer electronics, auto technology, and more recently VR/AR systems. He has consulted to a diverse set of clients including Microsoft, The Allen Institute for Brain Science, Nike, HP, Shure, Amazon, Nintendo, Starbucks, The Seattle Seahawks, Arc'teryx, Nordstrom, F5 Networks, and many others. John has managed numerous international research studies, through which he has developed partnerships with top UX research firms in other countries.
As Head of UX Research, John is excited about expanding Blink's research practice to other Blink office locations, including the company's new office in San Diego. He sees boundless opportunities to empower organizations with foundational and evaluative research insights so they can make better, evidence-based decisions about their products and services.
John earned a Master of Science from the University of Washington and a graduate certificate in Human Centered Design. When not at work, John enjoys reading, playing saxophone in a big band, and embarking on outdoor activities and adventures with his wife and two daughters.
Geoff HarrisonGeoff Harrison Head of UX Services & Partner
Geoff is a Blink Partner and Head of UX Services. He has been instrumental in building a full-service user-centered design practice at Blink, uniting the firm’s research expertise with innovative design, prototyping, and development. This work relies on Evidence-driven Design™ strategies to help Blink’s combined teams create more desirable and useful products for our clients. He created a workshop on Evidence-driven Design, recently delivered at UX Week and Convey UX and has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Washington HCDE program.
Prior to Blink, Geoff founded Eye Level, a design studio, and was the Creative Director at Modern Digital Seattle. He holds bachelor degrees in graphic design and mass media management from Miami University in Ohio, and a graduate certificate in user-centered design from the University of Washington.
When not at work, he designs rockets, Lego forts, and scavenger hunts with his three boys and takes them skiing, hiking, or anything else that burns energy. He also enjoys cooking and finding great places to eat with his wife.
Tom Satwicz, Ph.D.Tom Satwicz, Ph.D. Research Director & Partner
Tom is a Research Director and Partner at Blink and has been researching interaction and technology use in homes, schools, workplaces, and beyond since the year 2000. Tom’s research experience spans understanding how people use consumer devices, websites, and apps to the usability of server software.
In 2006, he graduated from the Ph.D. program in Learning Sciences at the University of Washington and was previously a faculty member in the University of Georgia’s College of Education. There he conducted ethnographic studies of how young people learn to use digital media and how technology is integrated into educational settings.
Donna GlosserDonna Glosser Director of Qualitative Research & Partner
As Director of Northwest Insights and a Partner of Blink, Donna leads the qualitative recruiting division of Blink UX since 2013. She is well-versed in managing a variety of qualitative methods: focus groups, ethnographic studies, taste tests, in-depth interviewing, online research, and product placement and has over 30 years of experience in operations and sales in the marketing research industry.
One of her proudest accomplishments in recent years is to host international college students. Her favorite aspects of hosting include helping the students improve their English, learning about their culture and food, introducing them to Seattle and forming lifelong relationships. You can find Donna at her gym usually by 5:30am each weekday morning to start her day off right.
Lauren MartinLauren Martin Director, Client Relations and Partner
Lauren is a Director of Client Relations and Partner at Blink. With over a decade of business management, marketing, and sales experience, she has a deep understanding of how to craft successful engagements with clients. She can often be found onsite with clients brainstorming their next project together.
She attended Georgia Southern University before moving to Seattle in 2003 and holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington. Lauren is a member of the Innovators Network at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, which aims to saves lives faster by funding innovative, early-stage research at Fred Hutch.
Lauren has an amazing husband, two sons that keep her on her toes, loves collecting old books, and has a weakness for home cooked Southern food.
Byron BakerByron Baker UX Director and Partner
Byron is a UX Director with 15 years experience consulting in the areas of design, user experience, research, and product development. He has consulted for American Express, Abbott Labs, Eli Lilly, Microsoft, BAE Systems, FedEx, Fujitsu, Danaher, Chevron and others.
He has presented at several conferences on the benefits of UX design and research and was a guest lecturer and part-time faculty member for the iSchool department at the University of Washington. He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Washington focused on Photography and Visual Communication.
Byron is a self-acknowledged adrenaline junkie and is raising two more in his likeness. When not holding down his desk chair he can be found running, jumping, spinning, and flipping on the snow, water, and streets surrounding Seattle.
Peter SternPeter Stern UX Director and Partner
Peter is a UX Director focused on design. He has spent the past 17 years designing experiences across a variety of industries from software and platform development to entertainment. His previous clients include Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, MTV, Jimmy Buffett, and Steven Spielberg. As a Design Director at Microsoft he gained a deep appreciation for a customer-centric approach to designing experiences for a diverse, global audience. His specialties include UX strategy, design management, end-to-end user experience, and product innovation.
Peter is a former faculty member of the Advanced Technology Department for The American Film Institute (AFI) in Hollywood, CA and was one of the first digital video instructors at Art Center in Pasadena, CA.
When he's not at work Peter likes welding, boat building, carpentry, and spending time with his wife and three girls... preferably on the water. He makes a mean margarita and his favorite color is #f7941d.
Bill FloraBill Flora Chief Creative Officer & Partner
Bill Flora is an award-winning design director and strategist with more than 20 years of experience in leading teams and shipping product. During his two decades with Microsoft, he led design efforts for Xbox, Windows Media Center, Zune and Encarta, and was the design force behind Microsoft “Metro” design language. Flora’s influences can be found in the design of software that lights up millions of screens around the globe every day.
Before joining forces with Blink, Bill founded Tectonic, a strategic experience design firm, where he worked with the world’s leading companies envisioning next generation content platforms and expressing brand through software. Clients included HBO; Microsoft; Bang & Olufsen; Amazon; Beats by Dre; Cisco, Samsung; NBC and others.
When Bill isn’t designing the future you can find him trying to plan another trip to Iceland with his family, waxing his skis, or leaning a new chord on his Banjo.
Dan PepperDan Pepper Head of Engagement Strategy & Partner
Dan works with our design teams and clients to craft engagements that solve complex problems with inspired design. He’s also responsible for positioning Blink’s services in ways that connect our core capabilities with new market opportunities.
His career spans over 30 years in creative service entrepreneurship. Most recently he was Partner at Tectonic where he led client engagement and managed business and finance. Dan has also owned a broadcast post production studio as well as launched digital media sites including Legalforms.com, Stockphotography.com, Stockfootage.com and Soundeffects.com among others.
Dan lives in Seattle with his wife and two sons. When he's not at his boys soccer games you’ll find him in the San Juan Islands hiking and fishing, restoring vintage cars, entertaining friends or exploring roads less traveled.
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- Anne Vande Creek Director, Client Relations
Anne is a seasoned and accomplished leader in client services, business development, and strategy in design services across industry verticals. Anne has over twenty years’ experience in creative and strategic design organizations supporting the technology industry and leading consumer brands. She is recognized for leadership across a broad range of disciplines, and for success in determining strategy, team, and approach to account management.
Most recently Anne has been involved in digital transformation; developing approach and process for reimagining of complex systems, applications, and customer and user experiences in all phases of the product lifecycle for healthcare, finance, technology, retail, IOT, AR/VR and emerging technologies.
Anne’s areas of expertise include: business development, client and account services, strategic planning; process and approach; user research; UX framework, design systems and design management; complex systems design strategy; and new product design and development.
- Annie Pardo Studio Manager
Annie Pardo joins Blink as Studio Manager. She coordinates administrative duties and office procedures ensuring a high level of organizational effectiveness and communication, helps improve day-to-day office operations, and plans a steady stream of community events and company celebrations.
Annie graduated with a B.A. in English Literature and Communications from Florida State University. She spent three years exploring Arizona before moving to Washington State in 2008. Here, she has worked in tourism for Visit Seattle, assisted with partnerships for Live Nation, and coordinated events for Alaska Airlines.
Much of her free time is spent exploring the shores of Lake Washington with her two-year-old son and their big brown mutt. She'd say that a good weekend looks like a day hike, ferry sail, and the long way home.
- Ben Shown Creative Director
As creative director at Blink’s Boston office, Benjamin Shown leads envisioning projects wrestling with topics including brand expressed as software, ephemeral media, and dynamic typographic systems.
Ben joined Blink in 2018 as part of an acquisition of Tectonic, an experience design studio where Ben was creative director for 4 years. Previously, he worked on future design concepts at Microsoft’s Envisioning Lab and as an exhibit designer at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle.
Ben loves collaboration, heady problems, Murphy beds, grids, typography, unity, and variety. He is an alum of UW’s graduate program of visual communication design and currently lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and 3-year-old client, Percy.
- Bob MacSweeney Chief Operating Officer
- Brent Summers Development Director
Brent is Director of Client Services for our San Diego office. In this role, he helps our delivery teams do their best work by collaborating with them to identify priorities, define strategies, and anticipate obstacles.
Before Blink, Brent spent seven years at International Speedway Corporation (ISC) where he contributed to IT projects that unlocked new revenue opportunities and drove organizational efficiency. Since moving to San Diego in 2011, he has lead digital projects for clients in many sectors including B2B SaaS, travel & tourism, and education. His work has been recognized by CommArts, HubSpot, Mashable, and Forbes.
Friday night is date night for he and his fiancé. On the weekends, Brent learns new tricks with his Goldendoodle Midas. ENFJ.
- Brett Campbell Head of Client Relations
Brett Campbell is Head of Client Relations for Blink UX, responsible for building the business through strategic client relationships.
With 18 years of consulting experience with global companies Brett has developed a focus on solutions to help clients build trusting, authentic relationships with their customers. Brett is typically accountable for seeing those programs through to completion, measuring the business impact, and providing continued justification for improvement of customer experience investments.
Brett’s experience spans various business initiatives, including customer and user experience, product planning and execution, business information management and analytics, organizational transformation, social collaboration and various technology platforms.
Brett's approach to business is one that fosters innovation and experimentation. A focus on listening and collaboration helps him build trusted relationships with clients. This has helped him build long lasting relationships with clients such as Ford, Amway, Humana, and Microsoft. His attitude is easily described as "Lets make it happen!"
In Brett’s downtime he enjoys time with his wife, Bambi, and two kids, Colby and Casey. You can also frequently find him out on Puget Sound fishing! Please reach out if you have any questions at [email protected] LinkedIn Profile here.
- Brian Finck Front-end Developer
Brian is a creative Front-End Web Smith. He cares deeply about the end user and loves to innovate. Brian has a background in E-commerce development as well as in art and photography and he loves to combine these two skill sets.
Prior to Blink Brian spent two years as a web developer at Zumiez. He attended the Front-End Development Accelerator at Code Fellows and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at The Brooks Institute of Photography.
Outside of Blink Brian enjoys life with his wife and daughter, hiking, brewing beer and building a landscape photography portfolio.
- Brian Ledford Project Manager
- Brian O'Shea Interaction Designer
Brian is an Interaction Designer at BlinkUX and delivers ongoing, top notch design and research work for clients such as MasterCard, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Microsoft, and Moen.
With a lifelong obsession for maps and architectural photography – Brian loves connecting visuals to space (both physical and digital) and understanding how they relate to the human experience. Prior to joining Blink, Brian spent over a decade at both startups and enterprise B2B organizations helping create backend platforms and processes that empower both literal and tangential exploration. From building communities that mix art, technology, and language while leading content and technical teams at Veer and Corbis, to co-founding a startup focused on real-time visual collaboration on construction sites – Brian brings a broad skill-set to his work as a UX & Interaction Designer including Product Management, photography & video editing, and geographic analysis.
Brian is active in the Seattle UX and IA communities – including mentoring design students from General Assembly, and speaking on UX and startup topics. In addition (with collaborators from The Wonderment and Civilization) he helped to develop and run a design thinking and ideation workshop that has had hundreds of participants - including sessions at Seattle Interactive Conference, General Assembly, and SXSW Edu.
Outside of work Brian loves getting offline into the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, finding the best soundtrack for road trips, and is currently researching where to go for his next international trek.
- Brigitt Rains Head of Operations
Brigitt is a highly skilled and outgoing Head of Operations with more than 17 years of experience in a range of industries. Brigitt’s work features a wide selection of project experience, from web, mobile web, graphic and game design, development to custom SharePoint applications, video and print production. Clients include Disney, Nickelodeon, Fremantle Media, MTV, WB, Viacom, and CBC, along with Mattel, Fisher-Price, Microsoft, Xbox, and The Clinton Foundation. She has spoken on the topic of UX and Project Management at Hive Design & Technology Conference.
Project wrangler by day, musician by night, she’s usually preparing for her next gig at the local honky tonk juke joint. She’s also a fanatic about vintage motorcycles and snowboarding. In her spare time, you’ll find her at the monthly motorcycle rallys or high on top of the mountain searching for her next steepest and deepest adventure.
- Celeste Buccino Project Manager
Celeste believes in not only thinking outside the box, but staying ahead of it. As a Project Manager, she uses her exceptional interpersonal and organizational skillset while working with internal staff and clients to successfully manage projects from onset to completion; maintaining budgets, coordinating recruitment, overseeing scheduling, and identifying potential issues to provide positive resolutions.
Celeste began her career at Northwest Insights as Host and Facility Coordinator, providing the utmost in hospitality and care. She was then promoted to NWI Project Manager and on to Project Manager at Blink UX. She has a degree in Merchandise Marketing, and is fascinated with research and how to make technology more human.
As a US Navy Air Traffic Control Veteran, Celeste is drawn to aviation and travel and has a lengthy list of countries she’d like to visit. She’s a practicing yogi, and has a degree in martial arts, so enjoys any type of energy filled activity, including kayaking, hiking and dancing. Little known fact: Celeste is a meteorology geek and has been known to volunteer the names of cloud formations or the local forecast to anyone who’ll listen!
- Damon van Vessem Principal UX Designer
Damon is an Interaction Designer and has 15+ years of experience in Design & Usability. Before moving to the US in December 2005, he was an Interaction Designer for a user experience consultancy in The Netherlands, working for clients like ING, Vedior Europe, Delta Lloyd Insurance, KPN Telecom, @Home Internet, and the Rotterdam Port Authorities. In Seattle, he helped Alaska Airlines improve conversion and loyalty on alaskaair.com, including the acclaimed Award Finder.
- Darshana Tuladhar User Researcher
Darshana is a User Researcher with a curiosity about human behavior and cognition. This led her to pursue a graduate degree in Human Behavioral Neuroscience from Cornell University, and one in Cognitive Psychology from University of Pittsburgh. During her academic training, she studied individuals with Autism and memory formation and learning within individuals with Parkinson’s disease. She was fascinated by how and why children with Autism interacted with technology. This inspired her to marry her interests in human behavior in an applied setting and pursue a career in usability testing and research.
Other interests besides human behavior, the brain, and human computer interactions include partaking in Taco Tuesdays, root beer, birds, salsa dancing, trying to play the violin, and origami.
- Emilie Harris Front-end Developer
Emilie is a Front-End-Developer with a passion for customers and building friendly web interfaces. Her background as an Account Manager and her education in art has given her a unique perspective for solving problems as a developer and a deep appreciation for a customer-centric approach and user empathy.
Her specialties include ensuring cross-browser/device compatibility, responsive web design, implementing interactive interfaces, design of application architecture and developing Single Page Applications.
Prior to Blink, Emilie worked on e-commerce sites and internal tooling for Bargreen Ellingson and Brooks Running. She attended the Web Development Immersive at General Assembly and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Portland State University.
When not working on things for the web Emilie works on mixed-media art projects, experiments combining tech and art, and hangs out with her husband, cat and dog.
- Eric Durr Visual Designer
Eric is a Visual Designer and has spent the last 10 years sharpening his skills in interaction, information, and visual design. He has done work for a variety of clients including Amazon, Mastercard, NASA, Nike, Cisco, United Way, and Moen. His breadth of work includes mobile apps, desktop software, branding, info graphics and b2c marketing. Eric graduated from Antonelli College in Cincinnati and also studied at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle.
Eric spent two years abroad traveling through Asia and Australiasia with his wife and has no lack of stories or photos to share. Outside of the office you will find Eric spending time with his son and cycling the city enjoying the bounty of wonderful microbrews in and around Seattle.
- Eric Gomez UX Developer
Eric is a UX Developer in the Blink San Diego office. He's a UX Designer and Front-end Developer who enjoys being a bridge between two crucial parts of product development. Eric is at home creating wireframes and prototypes as he is debugging front-end code or creating his own CSS frameworks.
Prior to joining Blink, Eric was a UX Developer in various industries including three years spent building digital products for the State of Colorado.
When not in the office, Eric is enjoying life with his wife and two young boys, creating experimental electronic music, mountain biking, perfecting his pour-over coffee technique, and trying new craft beer.
- Gargi Patel Administrative Supervisor, Northwest InsightsGargi is an Administrative Supervisor at Northwest Insights, helping project management oversee the recruitment of participants for multiple research studies. She has over 10 years of experience supporting various arts, media, education, and small business organizations and has a great passion for knowledge, quality work, and helping others succeed. She holds a B.S. in Recording Industry Management and an M.B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University, where she first gained an interest in Market Research.
Originally from Arkansas, Gargi is proud to call Seattle home and also spends time involved in the city’s vibrant music community, serves as Club Secretary for her local Toastmasters group, and enjoys exploring Seattle’s unique neighborhoods and gorgeous city parks.
- Greg Hansen UX Researcher
Greg is a User Researcher who specializes in complex research projects for clients such as Nike, Starbucks, and Moen.
Greg previously worked as a television assistant editor, most notably on A&E’s “Hoarders,” and he does video work from time to time for Blink. He received his B.A. from Whitman College, having majored in art and minored in Japanese. Greg also holds a master’s degree from the University of Washington's Human Centered Design & Engineering department.
- Holly Prouty UX Researcher
Holly is a user researcher and multi-faceted creative who believes that disruptive ideas are the product of unique connections, powered by inquiry. She works to reveal creative opportunities by breaking down silos between industries, functions, and skill sets.
Prior to joining Blink, Holly was bundled up in the Midwest. Her studies at the University of Michigan led her to a career at the intersection of humanity, design, and business. Holly leverages an industrial design background to bridge the gap between physical and digital. She has led research projects resulting in the development of consumer and commercial products spanning industry segments from home goods, to consumer electronics, medical devices, and industrial equipment.
Holly is a doodler and a dabbler who spends her time searching for whimsies, good Brussels sprouts, and board game opponents. She goes the extra mile(s) to reach the best view, and when she gets there she revels in it and then tries to capture it. If you have figured out how to photograph the magic of the moon, she encourages you to drop her a line.
- Irene Barber UX Design Director
Irene leads complex, workflow-driven interaction design projects and brings over a decade of professional design experience to our Interaction Design team. She discovered her passion for the user-centered design process while working as a graphic designer, and has pursued UX consulting work ever since. UX fulfills her inquisitive nature by allowing her to learn about, and help solve problems for, a variety of industries and environments, and the diverse people within them. She holds a B.S. in Informatics from the University of Washington where her capstone team were semi-finalists in the Washington Health Alliance’s “Be the Change” competition. She continues to be interested in how technology can influence and facilitate social change.
Irene was born and raised here in the Pacific Northwest, and enjoys taking day trips out into all it has to offer. A UX’r by day and musician by night, you can catch Irene performing out in the local music scene with one of her musical projects.
- Janet McDonald Project Manager, Northwest Insights
As a Project Manager at NWI Insights, Janet has over 25 years of experience in the market research industry. Her background includes project management for a variety of qualitative methods (focus groups, usability testing, taste tests, one-on-one interviews, ethnography studies, and product placements), as well as managing quantitative studies.
Prior to her Project Management role, Janet worked as a Data Collection Manager; managing a phone center, coders, and data entry personnel.
One of Janet’s lifelong passions started with a trip to the Ashland Oregon Shakespeare festival in high school and since then she has seen numerous productions in many of Seattle’s theater companies.
- Jason Holland Project Manager
Jason is a Project Manager in the Blink UX San Diego office. He is passionate about working with customers to deliver a product and experience of which everybody can be proud.
Prior to joining Blink, Jason worked in Digital Rights Management, managing the implementation of video encryption software used by international content distributors and cable providers.
Outside of Blink, Jason enjoys socializing over craft beer, bringing out his competitive spirit over a card and board game, or watching a movie—classics are his personal favorites.
- Jill Bruins User Researcher
As a User Researcher, Jill specializes in dispelling assumptions and reinforcing discoveries, and is known for her flexibility and creativity in addressing client and program needs. Jill has worked extensively on Microsoft and Amazon projects at Blink, as well as with numerous other clients in domains as diverse as e-commerce, gaming, telecommunications, and entertainment.
With two bachelor’s degrees (Marketing and Economics) and a Master’s in Survey Research, Jill has nearly ten years’ experience in quantitative research design, execution, and analytics. And though she loves to crank up SPSS and tackle a tasty dataset, she’s equally adept at qualitative research work, with many domestic and international site visits, usability studies, and participant interviews under her belt. With her quantitative and qualitative skillsets, she works on a broad range of research and design programs, and is a consistently sought-after teammate by clients and colleagues.
Jill is a former NCAA Division I athlete-scholar with a mean curve ball and a GPA to match. With an additional family history of highly successful motorsport competition, she’s everyone’s choice for vehicle operation during site visits in challenging driving environments the world over.
- Joe Welinske Convey UX Program Manager & Accessibility Director
Joe has been involved with software development since 1984. He specializes in the areas of content strategy, user assistance, and accessible design. In addition to design and development for clients, he teaches at the University of Washington, UC Silicon Valley, and Bellevue College. Joe received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1981, and a M.S. in Adult Instructional Management from Loyola University in 1987.
Joe is currently serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Seattle chapter of IxDA and is a co-organizer of the Seattle Accessibility and Inclusive Design meet up group. Joe served as the President of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication from 2006-2008 and as Membership Director for the Puget Sound Chapter of the Usability Professionals Association in 2010.
Joe holds a certification from the InternationalJonathan Evans Principal Interaction Designer
As an Interaction Designer, Jonathan uses his passions for design and cognitive psychology to build connections between user research and user-centered design (UCD). This includes UCD and research focused on children.
At Ignite Seattle, Jonathan spoke about how UX principles do not apply to children, and continues to be active in the field. He has also written articles for UX Matters on How to Balance Design Guidelines for Children and Discovering Efficiencies in the Processing of Government Forms.
Prior to joining Blink in 2012, Jonathan worked on projects for diverse organizations including Autodesk, BP, CBS, Classmates.com, the FBI, Sony, University of Melbourne’s Trinity College, and the University of Virginia. While at UVA, Jonathan received a Master of Science in Systems & Information Engineering, focusing on Human Factors. His thesis was a passion project that explored the removal of errors in audio book recordings created for the blind and dyslexic people, mostly children. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Swarthmore College.
When not at work, Jonathan can be found goofing around with his wife, being pounced on by his two daughters, and being walked by his pup.Jordan Barber Interaction Designer
As an Interaction Designer, Jordan is addicted to problem solving and has always been driven by a desire to understand the world down to the minutia. Growing up she had her mind set on a hundred different professions, but she found her passion in design.
Throughout her career she has worked for The Northwest Organization for Animal Help, Fluke and REI. Jordan loves to explore the different facets of design, which has resulted in her diverse assortment of work that spans print, web, mobile and motion graphics. She graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and from the Digital Design program at Vancouver Film School with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Digital Design with a focus on user experience design.
When her head is not down solving design problems, Jordan can be found supporting Seattle sports teams, playing outside or enjoying the local food scene.Jorge Hernandez Design Director
Jorge is an award-winning design director with experience in a variety of disciplines and strategic methodologies. He helps clients in every aspect of the customer journey. Jorge employs user-centered design and systems thinking to develop beautiful, useful experiences that make a measurable impact on business.
Over his 16-year career, Jorge has continually pushed himself to learn new industries and techniques. He began his career as a graphic designer in the motorsports industry and eventually shifted into a role as a product designer for high-tech bags and other gear for motorcycle enthusiasts. In 2009 Jorge made a strategic decision to learn UX and digital design. He has experience designing with a variety of CMS and eCommerce platforms.Katie Greiner UX Researcher
Katie is a User Researcher with an inquisitive nature, and she is always asking questions. She’s eager to learn more about people and how they behave.
She has a background in Human-Computer Interaction from Rochester Institute of Technology and worked for several years as a User Researcher at Zappos.com, where she became passionate about evangelizing user research stories in an actionable and memorable way.
Katie loves challenging herself and trying new hobbies. Currently, she’s into paint by numbers, wood carving and bouldering…maybe she’ll get into paddle boarding soon! She’s eager to explore Seattle and hike all the trails mentioned in the book “60 hikes within 60 miles: Seattle”, only 59 more to go!Kevin Burzynski Director, Client Relations
Kevin is a Client Partner at Blink UX. In that role he helps find and assess opportunities with clients to achieve business goals through a better user experience.
A southern California native, Kevin graduated from Vanguard University with a B.A. in Psychology. After college, Kevin worked as a behavioral consultant with Autism Intervention and Resources. Kevin moved into the UX field because loves helping people solve their problems.
His hobbies include photography and fatherhood. Kevin enjoys the outdoors and can often be found exploring hiking trails around San Diego on the weekend with his family.Kristina Knaus HR Director
Kristina manages HR efforts at Blink, including recruiting, employee development, and culture and events. She is also the CSR lead for the office, keeping our company responsible by organizing giving drives and volunteer activities. She loves coming to work everyday to an office filled with smart, curious, and passionate people.
She is a graduate from the University of Missouri where she studied Strategic Communications and Business. A lover of travel and community service, Kristina took time off after university to volunteer as a teacher in Nairobi, Kenya. Upon returning stateside, she relocated to Seattle where she quickly joined the tech world. After hearing Karen Clark Cole speak about the culture at Blink UX at community event, Kristina knew she wanted to be a part of the Blink family.
In her spare time, Kristina writes for Rain or Shine Guides, a local travel website, and can usually be found reading, planning her next trip, or volunteering.Kristy Sharkey UX Designer
Kristy is an interaction designer who has over a decade of experience delivering thoughtful digital solutions to a broad spectrum of users, clients, devices, and platforms.
She's worked on some neat projects in a variety of sectors including aerospace, education, food & beverage, e-commerce, telecom, and utilities. She loves helping clients reach their business goals using research and user-centered design. She was a mechanical engineer in her past life but hasn't looked back since transitioning to UX. She’s completed a number of courses in UCD and visual design, and is always looking for ways to learn more.
When not at work she enjoys hanging out with her husband and dog. She's a proud member of the Cloud Appreciation Society, a science nerd, and an aspiring weather and nature photographer. Her first storm-chasing workshop is booked for 2019.Laura Dunn UX Researcher
Laura Dunn is a UX Researcher in the San Diego office. She loves getting involved early in the design process to help teams identify unexpressed needs that can me met through innovation.
Prior to joining Blink, Laura worked at Dexcom for 7 years where she played a crucial role in designing and validating the Dexcom G5 Mobile system, the first medical device app, and honed her skills as a researcher. Before that, she received dual degrees in Psychology and Spanish from UNC-Chapel Hill. Go Tar Heels!
Outside of Blink, Laura enjoys spending time in beautiful San Diego with her husband, son, and two fur babies. She is also a passionate trail runner and has competed in several ultramarathons. When she’s not at work you can find her exploring San Diego’s expansive trail network to prepare for upcoming races.Lauren Javor UX Designer
As a UX designer at Blink, Lauren is passionate about creating frictionless, lovable experiences. She considers herself a professional simplifier, on an eternal quest to reduce complexity without sacrificing functionality. Her superpower is moving between macro and micro design thinking, from high-level concepts and design systems, to delightful microinteractions.
Lauren holds a masters degree in interaction design from Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden and a bachelor degree in Industrial Design from Carleton University in Canada. Before Blink, her professional endeavors included conceptualizing new products for the future of productivity, developing the creation framework for an interactive storytelling experience, and designing installations for a new science center.
Lauren is addicted to learning new things in all areas of her life from tools and techniques to improve her efficiency, to outdoor adventure sports and urban farming.Lauren Werner UX Designer
Lauren is able to seamlessly translate business objectives into imaginative visual concepts. She anticipates client needs based on in-depth understanding of business goals, collaborating to create the best user experience. Lauren is deeply involved in every aspect of the design process including research, strategy, design and development. She works closely with the team to implement best practices and latest trends in UX and design.
Lauren has a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design as well as a Minor in Business from Northeastern University. With her extensive consulting background in design and business Lauren is an amazing collaborator and is always excited to create strategic and engaging experiences.
Lauren is a design geek, and tapas enthusiast. She enjoys making applications and websites that are both functional and beautiful.Leili Slutz UX Researcher
Leili is a user researcher passionate about the interplay between people, information, and technology. She has worked as a researcher on projects spanning enterprise software, public libraries and open data, and the role of primary care physicians in genomic medicine. Leili loves exploring the many different worlds that research brings her into.
Leili holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington’s iSchool, as well as a Graduate Certificate in User Centered Design from the UW’s Human Centered Design and Engineering program.
On weekends you can find Leili curled up with a good book, out on a trail in the beautiful PNW, or volunteering with Open Seattle on a civic technology project.Li Li UX Developer
Li Li is a Front-end Developer and passionate about creating beautiful and intuitive web applications while utilizing the latest best practices and exercising the agile methodology. She has worked with many clients including Toro, Clipper, and Moen. She also completed a skill for the Amazon’s artificially intelligent assistant, Alexa.Maia Rowan UX Researcher
Maia is a UX researcher at Blink focused on understanding how people engage with the world around them. She is driven to examine the human experience and apply this knowledge to help clients and practitioners improve their processes and outputs.
Maia has a background in design and research focused on digital products and services. She has held product and service design positions at Fjord, Connected Lab, and Bridgeable, working with major brands in consumer electronics, social media, and finance. She spent two years teaching design and 10 years as a facilitator building collaboration in teams. Maia holds a Master of Design from Emily Carr University, where she explored design's role in transforming fashion retail to be more sustainable.
To unwind, Maia enjoys designing and sewing clothing, experimenting with new recipes, and sipping coffee while people-watching in a local cafe.Mark Gsellman IT/Facilities Manager
Mark is the IT/Facilities Manager and our resident photographer. He is responsible for all of Blink's technology as well as our security.
Prior to joining Blink, Mark worked as a Photojournalist, Art Director for Getty Images, Technologist in various industries, and taught computer graphics and photography. You can see a collection of his photography work here.
Mark earned a Bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from Ohio State University. He is a global traveller and loves telling stories through pictures.Matt Hemeyer Director, Client Relations
Matt is a Client Relations Director responsible for account growth and delivery at Blink’s enterprise clients with a primary focus on Microsoft.
Matt has extensive experience selling interactive solutions to all varieties of Pacific Northwest technology companies – from startups to software behemoths. He is happiest working with clients over the long-term and helping them solve complex problems. He earned his Master’s in Irish Literature from Trinity College Dublin.
From Muncie, Indiana originally, Matt arrived in the Northwest after stints living in Korea and Ireland. He is in love with Seattle, fried chicken, and his girlfriend. He is a co-owner of a craft bitters company and would love to talk your ear off about cocktails.Melanie Johnson Host
Melanie is our Host and brings happiness to everyone who comes in Blink's door. She brings over a decade of experience in office administration, operations management, and customer service to this role. She will often be found with a smile on her face and a can-do attitude. Whether it’s welcoming clients or supporting the team, Melanie is dedicated to ensuring everyone has the best possible experience at Blink.
She has previously been an administrative/clinical assistant for a prosthetics and orthotics company, managed her own massage therapy business, and volunteered for multiple events benefitting the Seattle arts community over the last 10 years.
Outside of the office, Melanie has been known to hike and backpack all over the greater Seattle area and surrounding counties. She takes too many photos of her two cats Orion and Kali-ka, and her puppy, Seamus. She also spends time working for Burning Man and continues to volunteer locally.Michael Harding Principal UX Researcher
Michael is a Principal UX Researcher at Blink and enjoys working with clients to uncover insights into their product’s end to end experiences, with a particular focus on hardware UX.
Michael comes to Blink with 13 years of experience in user experience research from Microsoft, including five years as a device lead with the Surface device team. During his time at Microsoft he got to know Blink through partnerships Blink had with various Microsoft teams and in the end was convinced to change his desk view for the opportunity to work with amazing clients from around the world.
Michael is originally from New England (Maine and Mass), where he spent his former life racing sailboats and playing on the coast, but has called Seattle home for 24 years now. He lives here with his wife, Gretchen, and two very active and demanding teenagers. Michael is always open to chatting about skiing, hiking, and cycling in the Northwest, travel, and also likes to play and listen to music (He enjoys it all, but plays in a bluegrass band).Michael Havran Host
Michael Havran is Blink’s San Diego Studio Host. He manages the San Diego operations and facilities, organizes events and activities, and keeps the Blink culture alive and well.
Michael graduated with a B.A. in Communications from The University of Texas at San Antonio. He moved from San Antonio to San Diego straight out of college after falling in love with San Diego’s beauty and culture. Prior to Blink, he was an orthotic technician and worked in technology sales.
He loves gaming, movies, falling asleep to audiobooks, and baking. Much of his free time is dedicated to exploring Southern California looking for a new adventure with his husband and two dogs.Mike Weinstein UX Designer
Mike is a UX Designer at the Blink Boston office. He joined Blink with the Tectonic team, where he worked to create design systems for brands and digital experiences.
Before working at Blink, Mike spent time as a lead designer at several startups, an interactive designer for an advertising agency, and a freelancer. His work includes UX and visual design, front-end web development, prototyping, logo design, and illustration. He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a degree in graphic design.
Outside of work Mike enjoys traveling, playing basketball, binge-watching Netflix series, and challenging himself with self-initiated design projects.Nichole Kim UX Researcher
Nichole is a user researcher who is passionate about working with people and making their lives better through understanding not only what they do, but why and how they do it. She loves research because it allows her to answer big questions by asking smaller questions.
Prior to Blink, she worked in various industries, including biotechnology, education, and gaming as a user researcher. She also lived in Mongolia for six months, leading an academic research project focused on incorporating mobile technology and gamification elements into English language curriculum at public high schools. Nichole holds a Master’s degree in Human Centered Design & Engineering from University of Washington, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Stanford University.
When Nichole’s not talking with research participants or planning her clients’ projects, you can find her frolicking in all forms of nature, checking when her favorite musicians are hitting up Seattle, and exploring new and hip brunch places with her fiancé.Nicole Jarvis Recruiting Coordinator
Nicole joins Blink as the Recruiting Coordinator. She develops specialized recruiting expertise within Blink to more effectively recruit users for research studies. Nicole is also responsible for the coordination of external recruiting partners.
Nicole graduated with a B.A. in Public Relations from Central Washington University. After graduating she moved to sunny San Diego, where she gained her skills and knowledge at a Market Research recruiting facility, Plaza Research.
In her spare time, she can be found cheering on her favorite sport teams, rocking out at a concert, or sipping on a vanilla latte at the local coffee shop.Ronald Viernes Visual Designer
Ronald is a Visual Designer at Blink and has a strong passion for coming up with elegant solutions to complex user-centered design problems.
Prior to Blink, Ronald graduated from the University of Washington Design program and landed his first job at local agency, Hornall Anderson designing brand identities and systems for clients such as Hewlett Packard, HTC, Quaker Oats, and Frito-Lay. Then he joined the first and original design consultancy, Teague where he worked on branded product design experiences for large Fortune 500 companies like Intel, Microsoft, and J.W. Marriott to name a few. His last stint was at Tectonic envisioning next-generation software experiences for clients such as Amazon, Microsoft, Rhapsody, and smaller start-ups.
Ronald is the proud owner of a lovable (but stubborn) Miniature Schnauzer, Drake Bugatti who sometimes gets to come into the office and cause trouble. He also moonlights as a volleyball coach for inner-city high schools and Kraken Volleyball Club, an elite junior volleyball organization that he helped start.Roxane Neal UX Researcher
Roxane is a User Researcher who for the past 12+ years has been providing user insight to inform design, employing both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Her projects span both business to business (B2B) and consumer but has a passion for enterprise UX.
Always rooting for the underdog, she is an empathetic advocate for those doing complex or high pressure work. She earned a Masters in Human Centered Design & Engineering from the University of Washington.
When she isn’t interviewing users, Roxane is likely scheming her next outdoor adventure, camping, hiking, backpacking, or cross-country skiing.Sara Keats Marketing Manager
Sara Keats is the marketing manager at Blink. She tells the story of Blink to our clients, colleagues, and friends.
Keats graduated from the BXA programs at Carnegie Mellon University before moving to Seattle in 2013. She has run marketing programs for the Nordic Heritage Museum, Encore Media Group, and City Arts magazine.
In her spare time, Keats is the volunteer director of dramaturgy for Umbrella Project, a Seattle-based new play development organization that she co-founded in 2015. She also loves to take her dog to the beach, visit new countries, and read fiction in Seattle’s many cozy cafes.Sarah Miller Project Manager
As Project Manager, Sarah is in charge of supporting project teams by removing roadblocks, monitoring and updating schedules, and tracking budgets. She owns the project's start and close process and supports the research and recruiting teams. Clients have included Amazon, Capital One, Microsoft, and Starbucks
Sarah joined Blink bringing a background in administrative support, event planning, and lean workplace organization. She graduated with a B.A. in Public Relations from Illinois State University before moving to Seattle in 2007. Prior to joining Blink, she worked for six years at Safeco Insurance as both an Executive Assistant to two Vice Presidents and as a Business Analyst.
In her free time, Sarah writes and takes photos for Rain or Shine Guides, a website focused on the best things to eat, do and see in the Northwest. Sarah also enjoys going on adventures with her husband, cooking and taking vacations to exotic, far-off destinations such as Thailand or Decatur, Illinois.Serena Down Project Manager
Serena is a Blink Project Manager who brings her dedication to going the extra mile to make sure everything runs smoothly for clients. Before Blink, Serena was the Project Manager at LearnBIG, an e-learning company where she led projects for both academic and corporate clients from kickoff to delivery.
Serena’s background is in visual storytelling. She’s worked on international television productions for clients including the Discovery Channel, TLC and A&E, so she’s no stranger to fast-paced projects with hard deadlines. She holds a Masters in Communication from Stanford University, where she studied documentary film and earned the National Health Information Award and the Jerry Jenson Award for Journalism for her films. Serena also holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington.
Though she’s a lifelong bookworm, you can also find her out on the trails or biking the Seattle streets. She’s currently honing her skills at throwing a Frisbee worthy of her twelve-year-old and creating paper dolls for her six-year-old art director.Seth Hill Research Director
Seth is a Research Director for our San Diego office. In this role, collaborating with stakeholders, he crafts user experience research methods with the goal of delivering insights that establish empathy and achieve value driven outcomes.
Seth's successful career in user experience spans almost two decades. He has led countless high-profile solutions that have resulted in great experiences for millions of end users. Notable companies that he spent time with are Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sony Electronics, BD Medical, Kyocera, Qualcomm, and DirecTV via Wind River.
When out of the office you'll find him enjoying time with his wife and kids or likely on a tennis court. He captains a USTA men’s tennis team and participates in various tournaments and leagues throughout the year.Shawn Gierahn Assistant Administrative Supervisor, Northwest Insights
Shawn is an Assistant Administrative Supervisor at Northwest Insights, helping maintain a calm and positive work environment for both the administration and recruiters. Shawn helps project management oversee the recruitment of participants for multiple research studies and focuses his attention on assisting all who need assistance.
As a recent graduate from California State University of Monterey Bay, Shawn earned his BA in Communications with an emphasis on Journalism and Media Studies. During his time in Monterey he helped run the award-winning OtterRealm Newspaper as a production designer and editor. He also worked part-time as an after school program student teacher, educating youth on topics related to the mass media.
New to Washington, Shawn likes to spend his free time exploring the city and finding all that Seattle has to offer. On the weekends he enjoys creative hobbies from amatuer photography, to drawing and painting. In the winter you can be sure to find him out in the mountains exploring new places to snowboard.Shona Zhang Accountant
Shona is a Blink accountant and responsible for accounts payable/receivable. She has hands-on accounting experience under GAAP. She is proficient in bookkeeping, processing payroll, handling bank reconciliations, tracking business expenses, filing Canadian federal and provincial sales taxes, and preparing corporation registry documentation.
She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and an advanced diploma in Accounting from Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC Canada.Stephanie Carlson Resourcing Manager
Stephanie Carlson is Blink’s Resourcing Manager responsible for coordinating team members for each project as they come in. Her 15+ years of experience in various customer service roles comes in handy when approaching the dynamics of each project.
Prior to Blink UX, Stephanie has worked in marketing, social media, event management, and customer service training. She brings a wealth of knowledge in working with people and their various communication styles and personalities.
Stephanie was recently called a unicorn as she is a native to Seattle and is uniquely outgoing and personable. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her dog Molly, friends, and family. You can often find her in a yoga studio, local coffee shop (like Caffé Umbria), or outdoors.Teresa Liu Park UX Researcher
Teresa is a User Researcher who loves working collaboratively with clients to ask the right questions. She enjoys having a holistic approach to research and considering how the research fits into the bigger picture.
In her past life, Teresa studied engineering and worked in data analysis in the healthcare industry. Some of her work involved building business cases for corporate initiatives, giving her an appreciation for the intersection of business and analytics. Other projects with consumer-facing tools helped her discover a passion for the user, and so she followed that passion into the field of UX.
In her spare time, Teresa can often be found traveling to see family and friends, looking for delicious cheap eats, and trying to become more of a Seattleite by exploring the outdoors.Tiffany Smith UX Researcher
Tiffany is a user researcher led by a lifelong fascination with understanding what makes people tick. Her work is motivated by a passion for identifying patterns, solving problems, and creating meaningful experiences for others.
Prior to joining Blink UX, she made her first splash into the world of design research at Vulcan Inc. where she had the opportunity to study a number of fascinating, emerging technologies. She has over a decade of experience working in a wide range of service-oriented roles, including several years working as a marketer for various tech startups in the Seattle area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington and is on track to complete her master’s degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of North Texas at the end of 2018.
Tiffany is a Midwestern-Texan hybrid that found her forever home in the Pacific Northwest several years ago. She is an active runner and cyclist that loves hiking and exploring the great outdoors. She is also a prolific consumer of coffee, chocolate, crossword puzzles and Netflix, in no particular order. She adores all animals, especially her two dogs, and hopes to meet a baby elephant in the near future.Tim Bridgham UX Researcher
Tim is a UX Researcher who brings a unique set of skills and experiences to his work. He has over ten years of experience in various areas including user experience, technology, web and social media communications, project management, and customer service.
Tim is passionate about practicing empathy and curiosity, uncovering insights, creating meaningful experiences, and utilizing technology to accomplish these things.
Tim holds a degree from Washington State University with an emphasis in Business, Communications, and Psychology. He also holds a User-Centered Design Certificate from the University of Washington. You can read about his passion for UX over at UX Pursuit.
He is from Kansas City and loves discovering the many perks of Seattle. In his free time, he enjoys being outside on a bike or a trail, listening to good music, and enjoying good food and drink with good people.Tom Ham Creative DirectorTristan Plank Interaction Designer
Tristan is an Interaction Designer and has a background in psychology and a passion for design. During his career he has enjoyed performing research, creating killer designs, and being a jack-of-many-trades in the area of Human Center Design working for such clients as Farm Credit, Swedish Hospital, Microsoft, Fluke, and Starbucks.
Prior to joining Blink, Tristan worked on a variety of government, military, and commercial projects which included clients such as DARPA, the United States Army, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cisco, Alion Science & Technology, and several local small businesses. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado and honed his user-centered design chops earning a Master’s degree in Human Centered Design & Engineering from the University of Washington.
In his off time he can be found sipping a cortado at Caffé Fiore, taste testing local IPAs in Ballard, and finding the best trails in the Cascades.Zach Sharpe User Support Specialist
Zach is the User Support Specialist at Blink and looks after the day-to-day IT needs of the office. He also supports the technology in the Blink research labs.
Zach went to UW Bothell and studied Media and Communication, focusing on how video games tell stories. Zach has worked for the UW Bothell IT department as a Tier 1 Helpdesk Tech, and most recently for Computer Know-It-Alls as an IT Specialist providing custom IT solutions for individuals and small-medium sized businesses. Zach is also the co-founder of an indie game development studio called Shizwoz LLC where he is the lead developer.
Passionate about all things tech, Zach spends his time making indie games and tinkering with raspberry pies. He can usually be found at a local hackathon/game jam/code day working on fun little weekend projects.testing