Ryan Snelson

Ryan Snelson - UX Strategy

UX/UI WTF

 
 

With so many things technically possible, there's a lot of unnecessary products trying to break through. I look to quickly identify the potential and value of an idea, and turn that into a cohesive strategy that moves the needle for teams, stakeholders, and users. Maybe it's a blue-sky concept that starts from scratch, or a series of tweaks to increase user engagement. I'm looking for ambitious people who want to partner on ambitious things.

about

Ryan Snelson is a design leader specializing in User Experience and Product Strategy. He has been developing fun and useful products for over 15 years. Ryan played a major role in the creation of Citymaps, a Social Map Platform (2012-14) as Head of Product and UX, which was featured Best New App in the Apple App Store and acquired by TripAdvisor.

Ryan has focused the majority of his career in startups and tech companies. He was a designer on Google Search (2011), and lead the mobile team at Myspace (2009-11)—creating 6 social apps on iOS/Android. In 2014 he Co-founded Fusar where he worked with Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering to invent new products for motorcycle enthusiasts.

Most recently, he's been involved with 360 cameras and Live Streaming. Currently, Ryan is consulting on a handful of projects.

View his apps or photos and drop a note for inquiries.

 
 
 

Highlights

CITYMAPS Role: Head of Product & UX Created a social map product from scratch. Featured as Best New App in Apple App Store. Acquired by TripAdvisor.

CITYMAPS

Role: Head of Product & UX
Created a social map product from scratch. Featured as Best New App in Apple App Store. Acquired by TripAdvisor.

FUSAR Role: Co-founder, Director of UX Hardware startup initially focused on Augmented Reality. Defined and created new hardware and software products. Helped raise $1.1M in seed funding. Found the pivot.

FUSAR

Role: Co-founder, Director of UX
Hardware startup initially focused on Augmented Reality. Defined and created new hardware and software products. Helped raise $1.1M in seed funding. Found the pivot.

VIDEO FEEDBACK Project: Photography Except for the occasional errors we might encounter while trying to connect everyday electronics, video feedback is rarely seen or given any thought. Here are some new variations.

VIDEO FEEDBACK

Project: Photography
Except for the occasional errors we might encounter while trying to connect everyday electronics, video feedback is rarely seen or given any thought. Here are some new variations.

 
 

Awards

Apple App Store, Best New App, Citymaps
Best Hardware Startup, NY TechDay, Fusar
Winner, iPhone Photography Awards, 2010

SXSW Web Awards, 2005 Finalist

RECENT EVENTS

Startup Studio, Cornell Tech
Intro to UX, General Assembly NYC
Social Mechanics & IoT, Fjord Design Clinic

Debate Moderator, LMHQ
Guest on UX Podcast (50 mins)

 

Recent blog posts

The Iteration of Practice

The Iteration of Practice

Vaporfunding and the Hype Cycle of Product Development

Vaporfunding and the Hype Cycle of Product Development

Wolfy Notifications: If everything is urgent, nothing is urgent

Wolfy Notifications: If everything is urgent, nothing is urgent

 
 

EXPERTISE

User Experience
Research, Ideation, User Testing, Competitive Analysis, Product Strategy, Content Strategy, Information Architecture, User Flows.

User Interface
Product Design, Visual Design, Prototyping.

Product
Vision, Feature Definition & Prioritization, Roadmap, Tech Integration, Analysis, Requirements.

Creative Direction
Visual Storytelling, Copywriting, Art Direction.

Platforms
Native Mobile, Augmented Reality, Hardware, Responsive Web.

Leadership
Speaking, Mentoring, Directing, Managing.