About me

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Waylon Baumgardner

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

My interests

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Music
  • Web design/dev
  • Graphic design/typography
  • Obscure 90's TV
  • Coffee
  • Bourbon whiskey
  • Cars
  • Console video games

My knowledge areas

  • Higher education
  • Leadership
  • Nonprofits
  • Systems thinking
  • User-centered design
  • Computers & technology
  • Web development
  • Writing

What people have to say about me

Waylon rocks! I had the pleasure to work with him for a year or so at Matterport. He’s one of the kindest and friendliest people I’ve ever worked with. He’s got an exceptional work ethic and thoughtful approach to solving design and experience problems. He’s a great communicator with great technical chops — making him a wonderful collaborator with cross-functional partners.

Dave Lippman, Chief Design Officer at Matterport

Waylon is an overall wonderful colleague and friend to work with. He is always honest with his feedback in a way that is helpful and methodical. When collaborating with other designers, he takes time to understand people's ideas and is always ready to make thoughtful recommendations of his own. We have worked on quite a few projects together throughout our time at Esri- from designing marketplace listing pages to designing a team site. Whenever I am stuck on a project, I know that I can ask Waylon for help and he is always willing to listen and ideate, even if the project has nothing to do with his day to day work. In short, Waylon's work is clean, organized, and meaningful- while also being accompanied by a great sense of humor.

Chloe L'Ecuyer, UX Designer at HP

Waylon is one of the most compassionate, driven, and intelligent designers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He thrives when faced with making complex and often difficult design decisions. Waylon leads the UX initiatives for eCommerce here at Esri. As such he designs for a host of buying situations, often with multiple levels of complexity and unique challenges. Additionally and on a more personal level, he is a compassionate listener. Who will give honest and authentic feedback, that is always aimed at making his team members better designers. I have come to him several times and has always provided me with great insights and actionable solutions.

Christian Fazio, Senior UX Designer at Kaiser-Permanante

Waylon is a huge asset to any team, as someone who keeps true to traditional UX design principles, especially E-Commerce, while pushing the envelope to improve and challenge current user experiences. He is quick to listen to others, respond empathetically and articulate his decisions thoroughly to others who are of similar or different backgrounds. He takes the time to get to know who the users and stakeholders are with unwavering objectivity often reflected in his work.

Jeanette Kao, Product Designer at Alaska Airlines

Currently Reading

The Paris Apartment

Lucy Foley

Currently listening

A New Dynasty


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