Founder at Form Experience. 15-year web veteran, Leica fanatic, film photographer. Ask me anything about design, technology, photography, or running a small business.
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Erik is a highly talented web application designer and information architect. I have worked with Erik on a number of projects over the last 10 years. He is able to dive deep into complex problems, assimilate a great variety of information quickly to develop creative and highly useable web-based applications. Clients really enjoy working with Erik as he always produces top-notch work. He is the best designer I have worked with in my career.
Erik's work is excellent. His creativity, sense of elegance, and ability to project himself into the shoes of a user are superb, but what I am constantly impressed with is his willingness to research and iterate through a design. He digs into his subject, talks to real users, and cross-checks his work. Good design is the result of hard work, and Erik always works very hard to customize the user experience to the audience and task. I'd recommend his work to anyone who needs a deep, compelling design.
I've worked with Erik both as a direct colleague, and in the past as a fellow contractor with clients in-common.
Erik's creative talent is, quite frankly, visionary. He works diligently to sift through the "noise" to discern what the needs of the client, the customer, the project, and/or the audience truly are, and then convert that into user interfaces that are clean and fresh; user experiences that are simple, elegant, intuitive and right on the mark; or in some cases, thorough reports or summaries that in turn feed these or other endeavors.
I've especially appreciated Erik's willingness and ability to work on teams. He not only accepts feedback readily, but he seeks it out, knowing that his work is ultimately bettered by it. And on the very rare occasions where I've had something critical to say, he has taken it in-stride, and has stayed focused on the work, and on producing the best end result for all concerned.
Erik's definitely world-class, and I feel confident that anyone who's had the opportunity to work with him would strongly agree.
Erik is a detail-oriented people person. He knows how to get work done in a timely fashion. I've been impressed with Erik's ability to communicate details and help others understand his reasoning. Erik's design work is wonderful and he is very capable with HTML and CSS. We all really appreciate the work that Erik contributed to our project and recognize his talent.
I had the opportunity to work with Erik on a few different project and was always impressed at Erik's ability to drive and deliver. His communication skills are fantastic and he has a great ability to take what the customer is thinking and produce wireframes/UI in a short time frame. I hope to have the opportunity to work with Erik more on future projects.
I worked as a web developer on a project with Erik at the LDS Church that he designed from the ground up. This particular project was difficult in that the design and requirements changed frequently. Although these frequent changes were very frustrating, Erik was very professional and ultimately delivered a timely, well designed, quality product. It was an honor to work with Erik and I wholeheartedly recommend him and his work.
Erik's primary purpose on our project was as a designer, but the client we were working for has their designers function as business analysts as well. Not only was Erik creating great looking designs, he also did a bang up job of working with multiple customers to collect and document requirements. The icing on the cake was that Erik did a lot of the HTML and CSS coding for the project as part of the design work he was doing, freeing the developers from most of the heavy lifting on that side of the project. Erik was easy to contact, easy to work with, and easy to get answers from when needed.
Erik is a gifted designer with the rare ability to bridge the communication gap between IT and Business. He can synthesize customer requirements into designs that are both technically effective and engaging to use. Erik is a dedicated professional who brings value to every project with which he is involved.
If you need to turn an idea into a design and a final product, I highly recommend Erik Pettee. Erik has an outstanding ability to listen and understand the need, and then deliver high quality designs and code. As a Project Manager, having Erik on my team was a luxury because of his ability to work with people and his drive to exceed expectations. Erik's experience, knowledge, talent, professionalism, and work ethic are unparalleled.
Erik is an extremely talented designer who can take concepts and ideas and turn them into something useful and relevant. He has the ability to understand a business process to not only design an application to support it, but also to provide recommendations on how to improve the process. Everyone who saw Erik's work loved it and wanted to hire him for their projects.
I have never seen such impressive branding and designs produced so quickly as by Erik. Couple that with his superb customer relationship skills, an unmatched sense for great usability, and strong technical abilities, and you've got in Erik a Web designer that is more capable than any. It was a privilege working with Erik on a large-scale (multi-million-user) website from conception to production. Erik was key to the project's success.