Resume


Thomas Hallgren
Sr UX Designer, Manager, Innovator
thomashallgren.com / thomhallgren@gmail.com / linkedin.com/in/thomas-hallgren / 310-927-3559 

SUMMARY
I am a collaborative and experienced Sr UX Designer and UX Team Manager, seeking a position to utilize my commitment to generating actionable ideas, years of leadership experience, innovation mindset, and business acumen to be an asset in a fast-paced technology design and development environment.

Recent Accomplishments: I managed the User Experience team, led the Innovation Lab, and was named in 5 blockchain security & identity-related patents at block.one.

CORE COMPETENCIES
• Cross-platform application design information architecture for iOS, Android and web.
• Leading and designing with globally diverse teams, product types, and work cultures.
• UX team, management, leadership, and mentoring.
• Hands-on product research, design, advanced prototyping and mobile app innovation.

WORK EXPERIENCE 
Block.one
User Experience Team Manager, Global apps, Blacksburg, VA  (2020 February – December 2020)
• Created UX team accountabilities to support platform-specific engineering teams, doubling engineering-ready design velocity
• Spearheaded team effort to leverage advanced prototyping in UX workflow, reducing wasted development effort
• Developed UX team and teamwork practices to produce high-value, high-velocity design solutions
• Transformed team member career goals into company-wide leadership and training opportunities

Innovation Lab - UX Product manager / Blacksburg, VA (2019 June – February 2020)
• Translated IP ideation sessions with CTO into viable UX high-fidelity product prototypes
• Defined high-value intellectual property potential areas
• Documented competitive landscape and devised medium to long term product strategy
• Set feasible app product development schedule and assigned preliminary target markets

UX Team - Researcher, strategy and design development / Blacksburg, VA (2018 May – June 2019)
• Performed mobile app competitive research, analysis, and recommendations, increasing focus 90 percent
• Researched, validated, and documented intellectual property (IP) developments, resulting in 5 patents
• Leadership validating product ideas company-wide through Blue-ocean product training sessions and idea reviews
• Conducted advanced terminology inquiry sessions, joining technology and marketing teams in efforts to devise future naming conventions

Comtech. Virtumedix Telemedicine Team (2016 Mar – 2018 Feb)
Sr. UX Design Lead, Medical Products / Irvine, CA
• Conducted product usability research and performed internal testing
• Created agile feature designs with engineering to increase deployment velocity 2x
• Produced high-fidelity iOS, Android, and Web application prototypes 

Collabworks (2014 Mar – 2016 Mar)
Sr. UX Contributor and Product Designer / Redwood City, CA
• Simplified information architecture and presentation of highly complex data sets, reducing application complexity more than 50 percent
• Conducted terminology research resulting in overall clarity and ease of use
• Led usability testing sessions with customers and stakeholders

Arnson Communications (2013 Jan – 2014 Feb)
Sr UX Designer, Creative Director / Los Angeles
• Conducted competitive UX research and cross-platform product usability solutions for Slacker Radio
• 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

Other Past Experience: Razorfish (Creative Director), Red8 Interactive (UX Principal), Nostrum Advertising (Creative Director)

EDUCATION
Rhode Island School of Design, BFA (Hons), Graphic Design
UX Strategy Master Class, UX Certification, with Jaime Levy
Landmark, Team, Management, and Leadership Training and Coaching
Art Center, 3D Design and Animation Studies
Yale Design School, Graphic Design Summer Studies

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

PATENT CONTRIBUTION
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

ADDITIONAL
• Managed and mentored OC-iOS User Group, and won UX award for the OC Brother Hackathon
• Authored “Text Line Texture,” a design thinking book for children - published on Amazon
Other past work experiences include: Razorfish (Creative Director), Red8 Interactive (UX Principal), Nostrum Advertising (Creative Director), Pittard Sullivan (Sr Designer Director)