Brandon is a designer and web developer from Austin, Texas. He has spent most of his career crafting user interfaces and design systems for organizations focused on social good, including government agencies, news agencies, non-profit organizations and universities. He most recently worked with Happy Cog, an Austin and Philadelphia-based design studio, and is currently leading the front-end development, user experience, and creative direction of the crowdsourcing service Ushahidi.
Brandon spends every remaining minute with his five-year-old son, one-year-old girl and wife; exploring Texas, cooking barbecue and watching Detroit Tigers baseball.
First creative memory
Writing and designing a Seattle Mariners fan magazine with a pencil and paper, as a fourth-grader.
Path that lead you to UX
Through a career in print and radio journalism, I became obsessed with the often-overlooked and under-valued details that are essential to effective and engaging communication. Through the web and Internet-connected devices, I found a medium that offered limitless opportunity to design those details.
Your career thus far, in a nutshell
My pursuit of pleasing people has prospered most when it's focused on designing for social impact, rather than eyeballs.
Work of which you're most proud
Ushahidi, which celebrated a major public launch in October 2015.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Tyson Rosage (my brother)
Grounded, light, modest, fluid, frank, and bullshit-averse.
Cause that means the most to you
Education for people who don't thrive in (or can't access) a traditional academic setting.
Design or UX hero
Stevie Ray Vaughan
What you ultimately want to accomplish
I want to have my fingerprints on services and experiences that impact people's lives in a sincere and material way.
That my work will never see the light of day.
I'll eat later.
What defines you
The amount of joy and service I can give to my family and peers.
Your idea of happiness
Sitting in a ballpark with my son, daughter, and wife, watching the Detroit Tigers.
Favorite place in the world
Can't live without
Blues music, baseball, and barbecue.
Favorite movie / TV show / podcast
TV: Six Feet Under. Movie: JFK. Podcast: The Adam and Dr. Drew Show
What have you learned
How I make things is not nearly as important as completing what I set out to make.
It may surprise you
Alternative universe career
Barbecue truck founder.