User experience and interface designer, author of "The Rails View", front-end Ruby on Rails development best practices, conference speaker, musician, and want-to-be Gentleman Farmer.
Have built and run design teams in various engineering-focused startups, dealing with e-commerce, mobile, and b2b applications.
Many designers chase delivering a perfect design spec, and many agile teams need something iterative and under constant refinement. I can help you navigate these waters with experience from numerous consulting clients and positions I've held over the last ten years.
I find that for effort in vs output, it's better to spend time on cultivating referrals and if that's not an option, doing seminars or webinars on a topic. Contacting someone to say "I'm going to give you some information for free" and then following up with them is a softer pitch, but often gets past the voicemail loop.You can also look to offer these through local business organizations. Regardless of the offering, don't make it an infomercial. You're providing value for their time to see you as a subject matter expert. At the end, feel free to provide them with contact info and reach out to the attendees.
I don't know your industry, but I can speak for mine (web user experience). There's lots of things I can teach someone that they can take home and implement on their own. But as they get further in, there comes a point where they'd need expert knowledge. I want to be the first person they think of when they say "we need help."
Somewhat of a twist on the traditional sales cycle, but you're still establishing and identifying a problem that they have, and providing them with a solution that is part what you give away and part your services/product.
John is one of the most talented designers I've worked with. He has that rare ability to listen between the lines of what a user is asking for and solve the core issue. Because of this he always delivers a great user experience along with a beautiful UI. He also has the ability to implement the design with the latest tools and best practices.
Also John is a fun guy to work with and has a collaborative spirit.
John is what I would consider a 'full stack' designer. He can operate as well at the information architecture, the user experience and the user interface level. He constantly strives to simplify experiences to balance the needs of the user vs. the capability of the system under design. His strong opinions are driven by his significant experience but he is always open to learning and growing his skills. His team work is outstanding and he has extreme dedication to building inspiring products. If I were building a product or service and could have only one other person to work with, John would be that person.
John was one of my first hires at InPhonic and was critical to the success we had building out our in-house creative and development teams and dramatically growing our internal capabilities. He is an outside-the-box thinker who remains grounded enough to know how to meet objectives and get large amounts done. He listens, he collaborates, he teaches, and he moves the needle. I would be honored to work with John again.
John has been an invaluable business resource for my clients. He has done superlative work in the field of web design and UI/UX, and has added incredible value to projects. I cannot recommend his work highly enough.
John Athayde is an excellent asset to a web based business or project. John is extremely creative and does excellent work but also he is able to interact with the non creative team players in a way that brings projects up a level. If given an opportunity to work with John in the future I would be confident that the project would produce great work and a likely success. John is a "A" player who is also a very interesting and fun person to be around and I truly give him my highest regards.
I had the opportunity to work for John at InPhonic while he served as Creative Director. His enthusiasm for the design field was infectious. He was constantly teaching the team the latest techniques and sharing his expertise in the many areas of design and code. His door was always open and he was able to easily juggle the heavy day-to-day workload along with the many personalities of the growing department. I would highly recommend John.
John handled the creative on my two most high-profile open government projects, Richmond Sunlight and The State Decoded, after collaborating with him for a decade on a third website. I never considered working with anybody else.
John and his firm Meticulous are a go to reliable partner for web design projects. Innovative designs at a very reasonable cost. We have used for several of our portfolio companies. Responsive and great to work with. Highly recommend.
John, quite simply, is an outstanding photographer. The man delivers great results.