Thomas Hallgren
Sr UX Designer, Innovator
thomashallgren.com / thomhallgren@gmail.com / linkedin.com/in/thomas-hallgren

I’m an experienced senior UX designer who has worked in many cross-disciplinary and collaborative application design environments. My experience working in blockchain and solving problems with cross-discipline technology teams highlights my curious nature and a commitment to product design strategy and innovation - for the user. I seek a role that allows me to apply my experience, making the (decentralized) world workable for all users.

My core competencies include cross-platform competitive analysis, research, design, strategy, innovation, prototyping, and information architecture.

User Experience Team Manager/Lead, Blacksburg, VA  (2020 February – January 2021)
• Created UX team accountabilities to support product and engineering, doubling viable design velocity
• Spearheaded advanced prototyping processes in UX workflow, reducing wasted development effort
• Transformed team member career goals into company-wide UX training opportunities

Innovation Lab - UX Product manager / Blacksburg, VA (2019 June – February 2020)
• Translated IP ideation sessions with CTO into viable UX high-fidelity functional product prototypes
• Designed all creative and UX wireframe to final delivery
• Defined feasible app product development schedules and release targets with stakeholders

UX Team Researcher / Blacksburg, VA (2018 May – June 2019)
• Conducted initial research, UX design, and validation prototypes for all products released
• Performed competitive research, analysis, and recommendations that increased product focus by 90 percent
• Researched, validated, and documented intellectual property (IP) developments, resulting in 5 patents

Comtech. Virtumedix Telemedicine Team (2016 Mar – 2018 Feb)
Sr. UX Design Lead, Medical Products / Irvine, CA
• Performed usability research and internal testing that informed and product and leadership
• Created agile feature designs with engineering to increase deployment velocity 2x
• Produced 100% of high-fidelity iOS, Android, and Web application prototypes uniting all stakeholders 3x faster

Collabworks (2014 Mar – 2016 Mar)
Sr. UX Contributor and Product Designer / Redwood City, CA
• Created information architecture for highly complex data sets, reducing complexity over 50 percent
• Conducted terminology research, reducing terms by ½
• Led usability testing sessions with customers and stakeholders, revealing dozens of hurdles and opportunities

Arnson Communications (2013 Jan – 2014 Feb)
Sr UX Designer, Creative Director / Los Angeles
• Conducted competitive UX research and cross-platform usability solutions for Slacker Radio in ½ the time
• Directed and designed digital creative initiatives for Slacker and Honda

Fiinex Mobile Apps (2008 Jun – 2012 Dec)
UX Director, Sr, UX Designer & Principal / Los Angeles & Tokyo
• Strategized, designed, and managed the development and release of two-dozen iOS native apps
• Conceptualized and designed animated promotion titles for Electronic Arts games, and QVC Japan

Rhode Island School of Design, BFA (Hons), Graphic Design
UX Strategy Master Certification, Jaime Levy
Art Center, 3D Design and Animation Studies
Yale Design School, Design summer studies

Jira, Confluence, Google Doc Suite, AdobeXD & Creative Cloud, Sketch, Slack, Figma, Sketch

us 10846733: Systems and methods for incentivizing digital identity verification - Nov 24, 2020, https://patents.justia.com/patent/10846733
us 10789345: Creating a secure digital identity - Sep 29, 2020, https://patents.justia.com/patent/10789345
us 20200250283: DIGITAL IDENTITY SOCIAL GRAPH - Aug 6, 2020, https://patents.justia.com/patent/10452828
us 10452828: Systems and methods for creating a verified digital association - Oct 22, 2019, https://patents.justia.com/patent/10452828
us 10325084: Systems and methods for creating a secure digital identity - Jun 18, 2019, https://patents.justia.com/patent/10325084

Managed and mentored OC-iOS User Group, and won UX award for the OC Brother Hackathon