Keith Guerin

Creative Technologist

KeithGuerin

Seattle, WA

I’m a Creative Technologist – a designer, developer, strategist, and futurist specializing in interface design and front-end development for web, mobile, and native apps. My skill set is combining the latest technology with simple, stunning designs to create world class interfaces/experiences. My passion is applying these skills to entrepreneurial endeavors that can change the world, big and small.

I am interesting in meeting people who can help me fulfill this passion. Contact me if I can help solve your design and technology problems.

Skills/Expertise/Activities


  • Business and Strategy

    +++ information architecture (creation of personas, use-cases, data models, wireframes, etc)
    ++ project strategy
    ++ content strategy
    ++ understanding of business practices
    + project & feature definition
    + project planning / project management
    + client management
    + sales / networking
    + subcontracting & personnel management


  • Design

    +++ creative direction
    +++ application design
    ++ user experience (UX) design for web/mobile/apps
    ++ visual design / graphic design
    ++ information design
    + branding
    + illustration
    + marketing


  • Development

    +++ html5 / css3 (and by extension: xml, xhtml, dhtml
    +++ javascript (ajax)
    ++++ as3 / as2 (actionscript / flash / flex / air)
    ++ wordpress
    +++ development lead activities
    + php / mysql
    ++ server configuration / management (LAMP)


  • Other
    • architectural design
      + architectural drafting
      + construction
      + 3d modeling / rendering
      + rapid prototyping
      + sustainability (LEED Certified since 2004)

  • Notable Clients
    • AT&T
      - Ogily
      - WPP
      - Getty Images
      - Microsoft
      - Powerade
      - RealNetworks

Experience

  • Owner & Creative Technologist
    Seattle, Washington
    Mar 2011 - Present
    Block & Tackle

    Block and Tackle is a design & technology consultancy operated by Keith & Meg Guerin. We help companies create digital interfaces and experiences (web sites, mobile, native apps) by providing:
    - project definition, strategy, planning, and project management
    - information architecture, user experience design
    - graphic design and branding
    - modern and elegant front-end development

    Our mission is to collaborate closely with our clients to create best-in-class interfaces. We want to solve your business problems, have fun in the process, and do good.
    http://blockandtackle.info

  • Director of User Experience
    Seattle, Washington
    Jun 2006 - Jun 2011
    Ratio Interactive

    Ratio creates web and mobile apps. We are an 20-30 person company in Pioneer Square who works with corporations and startups to solve their business problems with technology.

    As Director of UX I lead projects from inception to implementation, defining, driving, and executing a cohesive design vision:
    1. Discover/Define: Heavy involvement in project definition, strategy, and information architecture (creation of personas, use-cases, data models, wireframes, etc).
    2. Design/Iterate: Lead team in applying UX/Interaction design, visual design, and branding to requirements. Test & iterate.
    3. Develop/Deploy: Development lead on many interface-heavy projects, using cutting edge technologies (HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, WordPress, Flash/ActionScript3, SAAS integration).

    Additional roles include project management, client interaction, networking, creating proposals, and deep involvement in the development of a rapidly growing company (from 6 to nearly 30 employees in 20 months).
    http://ratiointeractive.com


  • Nov 1999
    Freelance Designer / Developer / Entrepreneur

    Designed and developed client and startup websites for almost 12 years, going back to 1999, Flash 4, and the eponymous <blink> tag. I won a few design awards, pioneered use of dynamic HTML and Flash websites, and co-founded a record label at 16. Regrettably, I did not invent Facebook.

  • Design Architect (Intern)
    Seattle, Washington
    Jan 2006 - Jun 2006
    Miller Hull Partnership

    Intern architect creating architectural renderings, models, presentations, construction drawings, and research for an internationally recognized firm and 2003 winner of the AIA national Firm Award.
    http://millerhull.com

  • Web Consultant & Architectural Intern
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    May 2003 - Aug 2005
    Kahler Slater

    Helped create the website for, and interned as an architect for this multi-disciplinary design firm.
    http://kahlerslater.com

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture
    Muncie, Indiana
    Aug 2002 - Dec 2005
    Ball State University

    Earned a degree in architecture, studying the design process, construction, sustainability, fine arts, urban design, digital fabrication, and elements of sociology and human experience surrounding these fields.

    Recipient of a full ride scholarship – The Whitinger Scholarship, "the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Ball State University."

    Won the ICMA Design Competition–the school's primary architecture competition and a 30 year tradition.

    Graduated Magna Cum Laude & with Honors.