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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
  •, &
  • The Imagine Film List
  • ZergNet Corporate Microsite
  • ZergNet Clientside Tools
  • Townsquare Media Mobile-first Re-design
  • Disney Handy Manny iPhone App
  • Principal Digital Designer (Freelance)
    2015 - PRESENT
    • Performed all design work for one of the web’s largest content exchange networks and original source for news/ editorial across different verticals.
    • Defined and shaped the visual identity of new website brands and elevated existing ones.
    • Created comprehensive web design mockups for fast-growing content sites owned and operated by ZergNet.
    • Re-designed ZergNet landers, client-side tools, and the B2B microsite to attract new publishers to the network.
    • Devised detailed style guides and specs, and worked with developers to ensure meticulous translation of designs in browsers.
    • Designed social media graphics and ads to generate massive traffic and audience engagement.
    Technologies: Photoshop, Sketch, Illustrator, HTML5/ CSS
  • Co-founder & Chief Creative Technologist
    The Imagine Film List
    2013 - 2016
    • Co-designed, and developed from scratch, the premiere online platform for movie ideas and dream casting,
    • Directed and implemented information architecture, UX, and SEO strategies to help grow the user base to 100K registered in the first nine months.
    • Managed a team of two developers, plus freelancers, to expand and evolve a rich, custom feature-set that included image upload forms, newsfeeds, notifications, real-time messaging system, and much more.
    • Helped define the visual style of the application UI on a global level and managed the design production and asset pipeline.
    Technologies: OmniGraffle, Photoshop, HTML/ CSS, 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 (Interactive)
    Parsons School of Design - New York, NY
    2005 - 2007
  • Bachelor's degree in Film
    Vassar College - Poughkeepsie, NY
    1998 - 2002
  • Photoshop CC15 years
  • Photoshop CC
New York, NY, United States
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