Dave R Barnett

Dave
Designs
Things
...sometimes

  • Graphic Design
  • UI Design
  • Usability
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Doodles

I'm a creator. From character art, to iconography, to frontend code; it's all about making something that others can appreciate and enjoy. If you're excited about the creative process, let's make something together!

A Brief History

Central Michigan University

2004-2006
Freshman year, I got my first taste of code and quickly fell back on the artistic comforts of charcoal and clay. I learned basic design principles while dabbling in creative writing and pretending that Photoshop was as much computing as I'd ever have to endure. I was incredibly mistaken.

Michigan State University

BA, Telecommunications, Digital Media Art and Technology
2006-2008
As a Junior, I transferred into the Game Design program at MSU. Games would be my introduction to thinking about users, interface design, and immersive experiences. While studying game design, I was also introduced to 3D modeling and the joys and pitfalls of working with developers.

Auto-Owners Insurance

QA & User Experience Designer
2009-2013
Auto-Owners granted me a healthy dose of experience working with development teams and properly introduced me to the world of user experience design. For the better part of three years, I spent every day interviewing users, sketching interfaces, creating interactive prototypes, running usability studies, and getting emotionally damaged by way of stakeholder critique. I helped to research, design, and document best practices. Thanks to Auto-Owners, I would consider myself something of an authority when it comes to putting together an online form.

Liquid Web

QA & Design
2013-present
I joined Liquid Web knowing little about servers or even linux. In this leap of faith, I went so far as to earn my RHCSA, Red Hat Certified System Administrator . Thanks to the support of my wonderful coworkers, I claimed an unofficial design role within the development team. The team leveraged my design background to build a domain registration process, improve the billing system, and provide an interface for a popular third-party CDN. When not submerged in less or sass ♥, I can be found making graphics and prototyping.
I've travelled to France, Japan, Taiwan, and Monaco. Can't wait to see more!
I have a Rebel Alliance tattoo and I've attended three Star Wars conventions.
I enjoy lifting weights and hold two records in my high school weight room.