Ian Spangler, Designer in New York, NY, United States
Ian Spangler

Designer in 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


  • 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



New York, NY, United States

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