James Spahr

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Work Experience

Morgan Stanley

VP, User Experince

Currently working in the internal UX group and I am a dedicated resource for Morgan Stanley's research department. I am primarily focusing on the distribution and creation of research reports. Specifically I am working on the user interfaces for the next version of their web portal, mobile applications and their desktop authoring tools.
June 2010 - New York, New York, United States

Pratt Institute

Associate Professor

I teach COMD-311 Information Design. The class focuses on exposing graphic design and advertising students to designing for function and utility. I take a user centered approach to the design critiques and expect that students will learn how to design for the user, as well as learning how to structure large amounts of information so it is attractive and useful.
September 2001 - Brooklyn, New York, United States


UX Lead

Defined and executed on a strategic and user centered vision for clients. Execution typically meant leading a group of user experience practitioners (information architects, content strategists and researchers.) Clients included The Economist, Columbia Sportswear, Ford Motor Company and Mercedes-Benz USA.
January 2006 - June 2010 New York, New York, United States

Frog Design

Freelance Designer

Worked with several design teams and wore many hats, including visual designer, data visualizer, user researcher and interaction designer. Clients included GE, ETS, Target and XMRadio.
September 2005 - January 2006 New York, New York, United States

Pratt Institute

Acting Assistant Chair

Helped run the largest undergraduate program in the school of art and design. I managed an office staff of 5 and tended to a faculty of 98. Managed time, classroom and instructor changes to over 400 classes. Planned and executed logistics for competitions, shows and final exams. Oversaw curriculum standards within the core classes.
January 2005 - September 2005 Brooklyn, New York, United States

Designframe Incorporated


For the eight years I worked at Designframe I was integral to all of thier digital work. Designframe did a mix of traditional print, industrial design and interactive design. Designframe was a small studio of 10 to 18 people. Typically for web projects I would be involved in the planning, research and execution. I would be responsible for the backend code, database design, frontend code and visual design. Clients included: Strathmore Papers, International Paper, GKD Metal Fabrics, DesignTex and Steelcase.
July 1996 - December 2004 New York, New York, United States


Pratt Institute

B.S. Communication Design, minor in Art History

September 1992 - May 1996 Brooklyn, New York, United States


Adobe InDesign, Applescript, HTML, Jquery, Prototyping, SQL, Usability Testing, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Illustrator, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, User Research ,