David Parmelee

Owner & User Experience Designer

Gambrills, MD, USA
I am a user experience designer with a strategic way of thinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for finding optimal, honest solutions that benefit the users of the digital products that I design. I own a design company called Thrill & Create and function as both its owner and principal designer.

My primary services are information architecture (site organization and page layouts), interaction design (dealing with how users interact with the site and its pages), and usability evaluations. I also provide some visual design services primarily involving color schemes, photography, and typography. Since starting my company, I have successfully launched sites for several clients in the amusement and nonprofit spaces.

As a former software engineer, I am comfortable using specialized prototyping tools such as Axure or writing code in the browser using tools such as Firebug. I have also become quite familiar with WordPress, which over 20% of websites, including several of my clients', use to power their sites.

Even as a software engineer, I demonstrated a consistent ability to connect with my software's users. This made UX and particularly interaction design a strong career fit for me. I love to understand a site or app's current and prospective user bases and deliver solutions that help them achieve their goals in a positively memorable way while avoiding their pain points as much as possible.

Work Experience

Thrill & Create LLC

Owner & User Experience Designer

User experience designer/consultant specializing in the amusement industry and also working with non-profits. This company was known as Dalandan ("dah-LAHN-DAHN") Concepts until its rebranding in September 2014.

Projects:
1. Coaster Crew homepage and In the Loop: Redesigned and developed most top-level pages for The Coaster Crew. In the first full month since launch in early September 2013, traffic to the site has increased by over 60% and downloads of the amusement industry's longest-running podcast have increased by over 300%. The new site is designed to work on any device.
2. Coaster Crew Network Portal: Designed and developed a new responsive portal to unify the other 9 Coaster Crew sites and their social media channels into one brand.
3. Gospel Life Church of Bowie: Redesigned and developed a responsive website for a church whose previous site was never completed and only worked on desktop computers.

Business:
1. Incorporated the company in 2012 and keep it in good legal standing.
2. Designed and developed a responsive website for the company. This included logo and graphic design, copy, a blog, and a responsive portfolio.
3. Have evaluated the usability of several hundred clients' websites and mobile apps.
4. Created detailed project proposals for prospective clients and design documentation (creative brief, business requirements, user requirements, idea spreadsheets, usability test finding spreadsheets, and many other documents) for projects.
5. Keep informed of new developments in user experience, design, and business.
April 2012 - Present Gambrills, Maryland, United States

Bay Bridge Decision Technologies

Software Developer

* Performed mainly C# and VB6 development for multiple releases of the CenterBridge product suite.
* Created a prototype of a new module for a thick-client application.
* Interfaced with an offshore team by performing code reviews and answering questions about issues.
* Regularly mentored a new developer. Sessions included in-depth training on BBDT’s products and about 2 months of sessions to introduce him to human-computer interaction (HCI) principles.
* Interviewed candidates for development jobs with BBDT and an offshore team. Three candidates were hired.

Interactive Intelligence acquired BBDT in August 2012.
June 2010 - April 2012 Annapolis, Maryland, United States

Orbit Logic

Junior Software Engineer

* Performed C# development (new features and bug fixes) for multiple releases of STK/Scheduler.
* Designed GUIs in C# for new features.
* Wrote functional and technical specifications.
* Designed and developed a functional regression test suite.
June 2009 - January 2011 Greenbelt, Maryland, United States

Integral Systems

Associate Software Engineer

* Developed Java web services and automated test cases.
* Maintained Microsoft Project schedules for two development teams.
* Assisted with GUI design on a small C# project.
* Implemented and unit tested a small C# project.
November 2007 - March 2009 Lanham, Maryland, United States

Computer Sciences Corporation

Programmer Analyst

Integration tester for multiple releases of the Customer Account Data Engine (CADE) project under the IRS PRIME contract.
February 2007 - October 2007 Lanham, Maryland, United States

Education

University Of Maryland

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

Bachelor of Science in computer science. CS coursework included CMSC 434, Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction.
2006 College Park, Maryland, United States

Languages

English (Fluent),
Tagalog (Beginner),

Awards

Orbit Logic

Spot bonus

2009

Skills

Axure, GIMP, Information Architecture, Interaction Design, Responsive Design, Usability, User Experience, User Experience Design, Ux, Visual Design,