Ross Fenrick | Product Designer

About Me

I'm a product designer specializing in the cloud, containers and Kubernetes ecosystems. I have experience in freelancing, marketing agencies, large corporations and startups. I enjoy working at the intersection of design and engineering while meeting both organizational and user goals. I love the iterative process of talking to users, prototyping their needs and implementing those into production.

Skills & Tools

As a designer who can code I have a pretty wide selection of tools and skills. I like doing just about everything, but I specialize in Sass, prototyping, and UI design.


Work Experience

Heptio

Product Designer

December 2017 - Present

Our mission at Heptio is to make the agility and capabilities of today’s internet leaders accessible to any enterprise, by fully leveraging distributed systems and open source tools. We simplify and scale Kubernetes for developers and operators, unleashing IT to become an accelerator for the technology-driven enterprise.



IBM

Product Designer

January 2015 - November 2017 (2.9 years)

I went through IBM Design Bootcamp for three months at the IBM Design Studio in Austin, TX, where I learned the value of human centered design and design thinking while solving real problems on various products. Working on several projects allowed us all to branch out of our individual disciplines and learn the scope of the entire design process. I specialized in creating prototypes for user testing.


Since completing Bootcamp I've been working on IBM's Cloud Platform. I've spent my time on two teams:


IBM Cloud Container Service

Lead UI Designer

Led the team's visual and UI design effort while also focusing on user experience, user research, user testing, prototyping. Launched our Kubernetes service into public beta in 4 months. Worked with engineering to implement design’s layout and styling in a React.js environment.

IBM Cloud Growth

Front End Developer

Focused on the “Discover, Try, Buy” experience of the product. Worked on projects that improved user experience and retention rates of registration, login, onboarding, account management, and purchasing. Worked with product management and engineering to become more data and test driven when making design decisions. Spent the majority of my time writing front end code in various microservices.



BIGMPG Design/Marketing

Web Designer and Developer

June 2014 - December 2014 (7 months)

Collaborated with the Creative Director to create wireframes, flowcharts, layout of websites for local and regional businesses. Designed website mockups with Photoshop and Illustrator. I then took these designs and developed them with a combination of HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery.



Freelancer

Web Design & Development

December 2013 - December 2014 (1 year)

Worked with local and regional clients, from restaurants to real estate. Mostly focused on web design but also did web development and worked with Wordpress.

Education

Self taught, using the incredible amount of both free and paid educational content available on the internet. Completed over 30 courses on Lynda.com. A passion for learning is something I pride myself on and continue to work on on a weekly basis.