Ian Spangler

Ian Spangler

New York, NY, United States
Member since November 6, 2017
Ian has served national brands and startups as a designer and creative technologist for over a decade since earning his MFA degree in HCI/Interaction Design from NYC’s Parsons School of Design. Starting when he co-founded the first major social network and user-generated platform for movie ideas, Ian has developed a refined skill set in designing dynamic, content-driven web applications for media, entertainment, and related industries.
Ian is now available for hire
Digital Design
  • Looper.com, NickiSwift.com, and Affiliates
    Looper.com, NickiSwift.com, and Affiliates
  • The Imagine Film List
    The Imagine Film List
  • Handy Manny Flash Cards App
    Handy Manny Flash Cards App
  • ZergNet Info Microsite
    ZergNet Info Microsite
  • Townsquare Media Mobile-first Redesign
    Townsquare Media Mobile-first Redesign
  • BikeNYC
  • UI/UX Designer
    2015 - PRESENT
    ZergNet/Various Media Brands
    • Created website designs for a wide range of fast-growing editorial/news brands, including Looper.com and NickiSwift.com, two powerhouses in the movies and entertainment verticals.
    • Designed responsive widgets to fit seamlessly into pages of Rollingstone, Thrillist, Esquire, New York Post, and other sites.
    • Redesigned landers to optimize click-thru rates, and a B2B microsite to attract new publishers to one of the Internet's top audience development platforms.
    • Devised detailed style guides and specs, and worked with developers to ensure proper translation of designs in browsers.
    Technologies: Photoshop, Sketch, Adobe XD, Illustrator, HTML5/CSS3
  • Co-founder & Creative Technology Director
    2013 - 2016
    The Imagine Film List
    • Co-designed, and built from scratch, the premiere social platform for movie and TV show ideas, which attracted 300+ best-selling authors.
    • Conceived and implemented UX architecture and SEO strategies to foster a 13% avg. conversion rate, with 100,000+ users registered in the first nine months.
    • Led and managed a team of two developers, plus freelancers, to expand and evolve a rich custom feature-set that included newsfeed, notifications, real-time messaging system, image upload tools, and much more.
    • Defined visual styles and micro-interactions for the application UI based on branding and input from co-founders, and managed the design production and asset pipeline.
    Technologies: OmniGraffle, Photoshop, HTML/CSS, JavaAcript, Google Analytics, Web Technologies
Other Experience
  • CMS Web Design: A Guide to Dynamic Content Applications (Publication)
    A lion’s share of websites and apps in the online media space are powered by content management systems (CMS). The optimal way to design for these applications is putting content first, style second.
  • Master's degree in Design & Technology (Interaction)
    2005 - 2007
    Parsons School of Design - New York, NY
  • Bachelor's degree in Film
    1998 - 2002
    Vassar College - Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Photoshop CC15 years
  • HTML/CSS8 years
  • UI Design7 years
  • Interaction Design (IxD)7 years
  • Information Architecture (IA)4 years
  • Photoshop CC


New York, NY, United States

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