About me

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Waylon Baumgardner

Hi, my name is Waylon Baumgardner, and I'm a UX designer, front-end developer who knows enough to be dangerous, 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, pursuing my love of UX design by joining Esri as a Senior UX Designer.

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
  • Obscure 90's TV
  • British TV
  • Coffee
  • Bourbon
  • Cars
  • Console video games

My knowledge areas

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

What People Say About Me

I really appreciated Waylon's help in creating my Arousal Architecture assessment - from total scratch! I wasn't sure on what I wanted but I explained to him my vision and from that he was able to create a great tool that my clients use in our psychotherapy work, and it's an awesome lead generator for my business too! He was communicative and responsive to my needs and changes I wanted to implement along the way. Thanks Waylon for bringing my life's work to life!

—Kayna Cassard MS, LFMT, Owner at Intuitive Sensuality

Waylon is one of the brightest, most diligent and creative web professionals I have had the pleasure of managing. His matches strong web and CMS development skills and problem-solving abilities with a burning desire for continuous learning and new challenges. Waylon also demonstrates an exceptional commitment to customer service and always goes above and beyond to deliver solutions that delight his clients and makes users' lives better.

—Sean Dillingham, Product Design Manager at Honey

Waylon is very methodical in his approach when working with web design and applications. He understands UI and UX from the users and content administrators. He knows when to provide more information to help end clients understand the process, so they feel comfortable and confident. He is up to date with current industry standards. Overall he just a great person to work with because he makes the process easy.

—Keith Castillo, Sr. Instructional Designer at Charter College

Waylon is a talented web designer and great to work with. His openness to solve problems and his careful attention to detail are valuable traits. Waylon always looks for new solutions and fresh ideas that can advance his knowledge to exceed our customers' expectations. Waylon is extremely reliable, helpful and insightful. He is a passionate web designer with a great attitude and always willing to help, which makes him a great asset to any company.

—Hadeel Thompson, Sr. Product Manager at Wells Fargo