About pages are always the hardest, right?
Hi, my name is Waylon Baumgardner, and I'm a product designer, front-end developer who knows enough to be dangerous, design educator, mentor, and amateur violinist (very amateur) from and based out of Southern California. I grew up in San Diego, and now reside somewhere in between San Diego and LA.
I started my professional career as a web developer/designer. I spent ten years in higher education where I held various web development/design/leadership roles. I then shifted the focus of my career entirely to full-time product design roles.
What I believe
I've documented some truths I personally believe in that shape and influence how I work:
- Practice empathy; we're all dealing with something
- Good ideas can (and do) come from anyone and anywhere
- Context, not content, is “king”
- UX and UI design require different but complimentary skills
- Users sometimes need guidance