Hi, I'm Eric Wright. I'm a creative director and product designer with over a decade of experience.
For the past 12 years I have designed applications for companies in finance, media, logistics, construction, film, and other industries.
Currently I am the Creative Director for an industry-leading company in the finance industry, where I guide teams in Technology, Product, and Marketing.
I am currently resposible for the design and user experience of all customer touchpoints, including our desktop applications, web applications, and marketing collateral.
Current priorities include the flagship trader application, the corporate website, and the web platform for a new business.
|when||Apr 2012 to Present|
|what||Creative Direction, Product Strategy, Design Leadership|
I led a team of designers and business analysts in the company's most aggressive development team. We built powerful apps for Liquidnet's new Capital Markets business — initially a desktop application, then a fully-featured web app, and finally a web platform of multiple apps.
My team was responsible for product strategy and design. I led the team to create an excellent user experience, and worked with development, sales, support, and deployment to ensure everything was successfully delivered to customers.
Today InfraRed serves over 500 of the largest public companies in the US, and is distributed through a partnership with the New York Stock Exchange.
|when||Jan 2009 to Apr 2012|
|what||Product Strategy, UX Design, Visual Design|
After dozens of field interviews with Portfolio Managers in New York, Boston, Houston, and San Francisco, I advised Liquidnet's CEO and Senior Management to create a community of public companies, by providing a free application showing Liquidnet's unique overview of the instutitional investor sentiment.
To build this community I designed InfraRed, originally a desktop application that later grew into a web application (see above). I also led the development team that built and delivered the first version of the app.
|when||Aug 2007 to Jan 2009|
|what||Field Research, Product Strategy, Prototyping, Interaction Design, Visual Design|
At Bitscribe I led the UI design and development for over $1M in custom enterprise software. We delivered web products with complex business logic to clients in entertainment, media, manufacturing, logistics, construction, and other industries.
I worked with Adam Wiggins, Orion Henry, and James Lindenbaum, who later founded Heroku.
|when||Mar 2006 to Aug 2007|
As part of Oversee's Consumer Products department, I wrote front end code for a variety of internal web products, including shameless knock-offs of Blogger, Flickr, and MySpace.
I introduced the company to semantic markup and web standards. I also created, organized, and led a cross-division Front-End Developers group.
|when||Apr 2005 to Mar 2006|
Working for the Director of Marketing, I designed all marketing materials, collateral, advertising, and more. I redesigned the entire correspondence system, including business cards, letterhead, envelopes, and contact cards. I photographed company headshots.
The Director of Marketing was incredibly creative and willing to experiment. I learned a lot about how to reach out to customers in interesting ways. For example, after the 2003 New York Blackout, we sent out MagLite Solitaire flashlights to our customers with the story of how one of Griswold's employees led a subway car full of people out of a tunnel under the East River with the flashlight on her keychain.
|where||The Griswold Company|
|when||May 2003 to Jul 2004|
|what||Graphic Design, Web Design, Collateral, Advertising, Branding, Web Development, Photography|
I have provided design and development on a freelance basis for over 10 years. For most projects I'm responsible for the entire project — the scope of work, information architecture, interaction design, visual design, all development, and deployment.
|when||Nov 2000 to Present|
I love to discuss product strategy, since design can only be as effective as the strategy underneath it.
As a result of my work in the Finance industry, I have domain knowledge of modern financial market structure and institutional investing.
My strongest skills are in design, both interaction and visual design. I have a lot of experience doing ethnographic field research and testing the results with prototypes.
While I think there's a place for wireframes, the design work isn't done until you have pixel-perfect mockups.
Currently I provide company-wide creative direction, enforcing quality and facilitating integration among Product, Marketing, and Technology.
My go-to prototyping language is Ruby, although I find myself using Sinatra more often than Rails. Finally, to add a little nerd-cred I'll mention that vim is my everyday text editor, and I find it hard to use anything else.