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, pursuing my love of UX and UI design by joining Esri as a Senior UX Designer. I now work on Matterport's design team in a senior product designer role focused on transactional web experiences.

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 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

I had such an information-packed 30-minute interview prep session with Waylon. He is so articulate and understands exactly what I was curious to know or concerned about. He deciphers the intentions behind the most frequently asked questions and gave so many helpful tips on how to tie my interests with the company's goals while being authentically me.

—Gaeun Karen Lee, UX designer and ADPList Mentee

Currently Reading

The Great Train Robbery

Michael Crichton

Currently listening

Instrumental piece I

Hildegard von Bingen


Barbara Thornton

Benjamin Bagby

See listening log

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