Harlan Weber

Designer | Researcher

Cambridge, MA, USA
Thoughtful, experienced UX designer, with a focus on new product and service development for web, mobile, and physical products. Standing at the intersection of user needs, business imperatives, and technological advancements, I take a holistic, user-centered approach to design challenges and product development.

In seven years as a professional, I've worked in cross-functional, interdisciplinary teams of software developers, user researchers, industrial designers, mechanical engineers, and product managers to craft delightful, useful, and fulfilling experiences that enrich user's lives.

I believe that interesting work is most often done at the edges of disciplines, where disparate ideas can meet, mingle, and yield innovative results. I'm looking to work on projects that are ambitious, technically challenging, and contribute to the social good.

Work Experience

Commonwealth Of Massachusetts

Innovation Fellow

June 2014 - Present Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Code For Boston

Brigade Captain [Volunteer]

Code for Boston is the local branch of Code for America’s Brigade program. Brigades are volunteer groups of talented developers, designers, data scientists, researchers, citizen activists, and more, looking to give back to their communities by building civic applications, opening public data sources, and generally helping to leverage technology for use in the public sphere.

In my time as Captain, I've helped to grow our community to 700+ general members and 30 core members, launched six volunteer-built web applications (Pantry Pickup, @MBTA Alerts, Vote Cambridge, Census Map, WillTheyTow.Me, and MA Code), and helped the City of Cambridge craft their open data ordinance. I coordinate our Weekly Civic Tech Hack Night, which has been running for over a year and averages 25 attendees every week. I've also presented our work at UXPA Boston 2013 and UMass Boston's Technology in Government Symposium, and run two events of 100+ attendees (Boston Civic Expo 2013 and RHoK Boston 2013).
September 2012 - Present Boston, Massachusetts, United States

OnForce, Inc.

Senior User Experience Designer

As Senior UX Designer, I drive the user experience vision and strategy for OnForce's web and mobile products, champion the HCD process across the Product and Technology groups, and help build collaboration between product management and software development. I also have primary creative responsibilities as design lead, creating task workflows, clickable prototypes, and visual design concepts for OnForce's web application, iPhone and Android mobile apps, and public-facing website.
November 2013 - May 2014 Lexington, Massachusetts, United States

OnForce, Inc.

Interaction Designer

As primary interaction designer and member of the Product group, I work alongside engineers and product managers on the primary OnForce web product and mobile applications, conducting user research and developing all interaction and visual design assets, including task workflows, static mockups, and interactive prototypes in HTML / CSS / jQuery.
January 2010 - November 2013 Lexington, Massachusetts, United States

Intuit

Interaction Designer

Worked alongside engineers and product managers as an interaction designer for the Intuit Innovation Lab / Design Innovation Group, a research and development group tasked with exploring user needs and new business / product opportunities through field research, rapid prototyping, and in-market product testing.
October 2009 - November 2010 Waltham, Massachusetts, United States

IxDA Boston

Local Leader [Volunteer]

As a local leader, I assisted in planning and organizing events for the Boston chapter of the Interaction Design Association, an international professional organization aimed at supporting the needs of professionals who design interactive systems and products of all kinds: web, desktop, enterprise, mobile, consumer electronics, digitally-enhanced environments, and more.
July 2009 - July 2012 Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Freelance

Design & Research Consultant

Collaborated with clients on a variety of user research, branding, interaction design, and graphical design projects. Work included touchscreen UI development for a water filtration unit, exploratory research for a web radio product, and press release template development for a New York law firm.
August 2008 - September 2009 Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Stadium Journey, LLC.

User Experience Lead & Founding Partner

As User Experience Lead, I developed the information architecture, interaction flow, and visual look and feel of the site. As a founding partner, I had substantial input into the development of our business model and plan, overall site functionality, and company operating principles. While Stadium Journey continues on, I have retired to an advisory capacity.

Stadium Journey's mission is to enhance the fan experience of traveling to and attending live sporting events, through a mix of editorial and social content. We've built a huge network of correspondents all over the country to provide us with top-notch reviews of MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA, and minor league baseball stadiums.
June 2009 - January 2012 Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

CATAPULT THINKING

Designer | Researcher

Functioned as a hybrid researcher/designer at a cross-disciplinary design and strategy consultancy, conducting short- and long-term research programs; developing user interface concepts, informational graphics, and other visual assets; and participating in branding and product strategy initiatives such as line logic definition, product naming exercises, and positioning and messaging development.
June 2007 - July 2008 Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Insight Product Development

User Researcher & Interface Designer

As a junior-level researcher and interface designer, I participated in ethnographic research efforts and UI design activities as part of an integrated team of mechanical engineers, industrial designers, and user researchers, performing field research and developing screen mockups and interactive Flash prototypes.
November 2005 - March 2007 Maynard, Massachusetts, United States

Education

Carnegie Mellon University

Master of Design, Communication Planning & Information Design

September 2003 - May 2005 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

State University Of New York At Albany (SUNY Albany)

Bachelor of Arts, English

Graduate cum laude, with a focus in writing and fine art photography
September 1998 - May 2002 Albany, New York, United States

Languages

English (Native),

Skills

CSS, Adobe Creative Suite, Copywriting, Editing, Git, HTML, JavaScript/JQuery, MS Office , Physical Prototyping, User Research ,