Daniel did a terrific job as our lead interaction designer. He doesn’t shy away from tough complex problems, and works through the issues to achieve a simple solution. His technical skills were a tremendous asset in the design process as he helped solve difficult challenges. He worked very well in the team dynamic, and was a valuable contributor to the overall success of the team. I would highly recommend Daniel, and hope to work with him again in the future.
After more than 20 years experience with Photoshop, I now prefer Sketch, Craft, and InVision as interaction design tools — they are more conducive to rapid prototyping and cross-functional collaboration, which I value. I have a background in Information Architecture, HCI, Usability Engineering, and user research, including a deep commitment to accessibility. I maintain a standard that UX stands for a quality user experience that is end-to-end, including seamless fusion with the brand, optimization of software architecture, and everything in between. I’m passionate about user-centered design and enjoy keeping up with industry standards and trends, including Data-driven Design, Design Thinking, and Design Sprints. With few exceptions, responsive design is now a must and mobile-first is often the way to go; I know the techniques required to design in a way that embraces those constraints.
Daniel is the best user interface designer I have ever met or worked with. He manages projects very well and is able to get the best out of the people working with him.
I was Daniel’s manager for a year at FamilyLink.com (2011-2012). Daniel brought much-needed guidance on software architecture, best practices for performance and stability (particularly with regard to front-end software development), User Experience Design, and a strong work ethic. Daniel’s guidance was instrumental in preparing us technically for an eventual acquisition by Ancestry.com.
He is detail-oriented, thoughtful, and articulate. It was a pleasure working with him, and I hope to do so again in the future.
Daniel is a very creative individual. He also has a unique ability to understand all levels of the technology stack: persistence, backend logic, services, UI, user experience, etc. This ability, coupled with his creativity and design background allows him to write and optimize the entire stack to form a coherent solution. This combination is rare, making him a valuable asset. […]
There’s a device in every pocket and an unprecedented volume of data being exchanged, even among the older generations. It’s GAME ON for web service development. I am skilled in time-tested development techniques — like object-oriented design patterns and REST API design — and also have real-world experience with state-of-the-art technologies like Go, Node.js, and Kafka. I’m comfortable with both SQL and NoSQL database design. With Sling TV I even took the initiative to lead the migration of a legacy monolith into decoupled resilient microservices, given no allowance for downtime; It was the right thing to do for the performance and longevity of that particular system and I don’t shy away from big challenges.
[…] As a manager, Daniel always had high expectations for his team and its individual members while providing realistic expectations and timelines to management. When work needed to get done, he led by example, being the first to arrive and the last one to leave. He kept an eye on the work being done without micromanaging. Most importantly, he trusted his people and worked just as hard as any of them.
Working with Daniel was one of the highlights of my career. He saw potential in me that I didn’t see in myself, and helped focus my energy for the benefit of the team and the company.
I do not like being called a natural leader, though I’ll take the compliment. I have learned how to make the people around me feel good about themselves and excited about the projects on which they are working. I pull my weight and find common ground while we get our hands dirty. I look for every opportunity to divide work so that we each get to work on what we are best at as often as possible, and devote our focus to what we love. I help people remember why they chose their career in the first place. I look for every opportunity to applaud successes and celebrate victories. I shield my team from things about which they would rather not be concerned—like office politics and frantic external forces. None of this comes naturally to me; I just actively seek to learn the best ways to serve others, while being as helpful as I can.
What comes naturally is my vision and drive. I cannot help but look to the future and get excited about it. I paint the future in a way that, I have found, makes people excited about heading in the same direction together.
I highly recommend Daniel. He is extremely intelligent and is dedicated to a supernal user experience. He is one of the most creative people that I know and has the ability to harness that energy and integrate it into the project at hand. He is well spoken, well written and a pleasure to work with. I have seen him go above and beyond in ways that have been very beneficial to our company.
Daniel is the kind of leader that you will respect and listen to. He also has a great sense of humor that makes even the toughest of days bearable. I look forward to the day that we can work together again.
Lifelong learning is among life’s most satisfying endeavors. I always hunger to know more about software, design, and leadership, whether it be diving deeper to find out more about the tools I’m working with at any given time or researching process improvements for helping teams function optimally. In life more broadly, I enjoy reading about many things including how to live better and be a better parent.
I am actively seeking new full-time employment with the right company. I am looking for the right culture including people who are enthusiastic and committed to improving the world even if only one user at a time.