I Empower People to Be Their Best

A great leader is a motivator, supporter, coach, guide, and much more. They are a force multiplier that enables their team to excel in their projects and personal growth.

Leadership action takes many forms such as creating an inspiring direction for the future, rallying the team around a project, or even working side by side with them to deliver amazing experiences.

A great leader doesn’t just tell people to do things, they show them the best way to accomplish their goals and teach them the skills they need to perform. It’s wonderful to see the impact that comes from developing people to become great designers and leaders in their own right.

This influence can stay with people throughout their whole career. It makes me very happy to say that the people that I have had the pleasure to work with have gone on to impact top companies such as Amazon, Linkedin, and Disney. Some of them are even managers with teams of their own now.
“He’s one person whose sheer quality as a person, mentor, developer and director raises the bar.”

Rob Gilman Creative Manager at Duetto

User Centered Design Leader

With ever-increasing competition, the best way for a company to gain an edge is to be innovative and make great products that their users love. The best way to do this is with user-centered design, also known as design thinking.

design thinking is a user first approach, which combines co-creation with empathy, innovation, and rapid testing. The result is a great product that truly serves the needs of the user, in the manner that works best for them.

The goal of a designer is to solve problems and create fulfilling experiences for our users. Really understanding the user, and working together via testing, prototyping, and conversations is what leads to innovative products and experiences.

Design thinking is more than just a designer process. It’s a true cross team effort. Working together with some amazing people, I’ve been able to bring design thinking into the forefront of product design and strategy. The result has been some wonderful products which delight our users and helped the company break records in engagement, users, and profit.

Record Breaking Results

At realtor.com, we created some stellar projects which continue to deliver double digit revenue growth in a crowded market. We also won the gold medal for Best Real Estate App by the American Business Association. At Duetto, we built a small MVP into a market leading global company in a few short years. Together we revolutionized an industry with our innovative product thinking and design. At Gaia, we overhauled the entire user experience and transformed it into an award-winning product that broke records in profit and user satisfaction in addition to being featured as one of Time’s Best Websites.

At Agiliance and Nuance, my efforts led directly to the product obtaining Gartner’s Magic Quadrant, and the UX was noted as a key advantage over the competition.
“You don’t need to worry about anything with Jose. He’ll take care of projects as well as his people and makes sure everything is delivered on time and at a high level.

He’s a stellar team player and can smoothly work with people across the entire company; from executives to sales and engineering. ”

Marco Benvenuti Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Duetto

Creating structures for success

In order to do great work, the right environment and systems have to be in place. A team needs an excellent approach to design, a fluid project and review process, and a friendly, collaborative environment where people and ideas can flourish.

My deep experience with methods, management, motivation, and teaching has helped me to transform teams and entire organizations.

We’ve built great foundations and environments, evangelized design throughout the organization and have redefined what it means to deliver world class design.

From Apps to Enterprise

and everywhere in between
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“Jose is an extremely talented UI professional who brought architectural and visual organization to the complexity of the gaiaonline.com website. He managed as well as contributed to the establishment of design standards that trickled down to every feature built after he joined, many of which are still foundational to this very day. He also made a concerted effort to create and maintain an enjoyable UI department environment for me and my coworkers. Jose would make an amazing addition to any organization both as a professional and a person.”

ROSANN YIP Senior Designer at NVIDIA