Umit Gokce, Designer in Seattle, WA, United States
Umit Gokce

Designer in Seattle, WA, United States

Member since May 4, 2016
Umit is a five-time tech entrepreneur and award-winning product designer who has worked on 125+ projects for clients including Microsoft, Boeing, AT&T, Nike, and Johnson & Johnson. He specializes in AI, dashboard design, and data visualization. Umit is a speaker and facilitator at innovation workshops, international design conferences, and US universities. He is the creator of the Empathy-driven Framework and is writing a book by the same name.
Umit is now available for hire


  • Principal Product Designer

    2015 - PRESENT
    Empathico, LLC
    • Managed three separate multi-disciplinary, multi-continent distributed teams to successfully deliver digital product design, UX/UI design, service design, customer experience, and usability for analytics-based AI tools, data-driven financial SaaS products, and patient-facing healthcare apps.
    • Individually contributed to SaaS, iOS, and AI app projects, creating data-intensive interactive prototypes, MVPs, customer journeys, visual design, and corporate branding.
    • Conceptualized, researched, and wrote curricula for the Empathy-driven and Startup-minded frameworks for innovation, problem solving, and entrepreneurship.
    • Facilitated 30+ full-day and multi-day workshops to 700+ corporate and academic attendees featuring design sprints, Lean UX, design thinking, and the Empathy-driven Framework.
    • Spoke at international tech conferences about the Empathy-driven Framework in Japan (Softbank World Tokyo, 2017), Ireland (EuroIA Dublin, 2018), and the US (multiple events) to 1,000+ attendees.
    Technologies: Slack, MURAL, Microsoft Office, Visio, Adobe InDesign, Justinmind, Balsamiq, Principle, Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Marvel, InVision Studio, InVision, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Sketch
  • Principal UX Designer

    2009 - 2014
    UBG Digital Media, LLC
    • Provided design and strategic consulting on 65+ successful projects for IT, healthcare, education, nonprofit, sports, manufacturing, and professional services including clients such as AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, University of Washington, Nike, NTT DoCoMo, and Japan Travel Bureau.
    • Worked with Microsoft Office Labs and Xbox on multiple software products to deliver: user research, competitive analysis, design specifications, persona creation, user flows, customer journeys, wireframes, prototypes, UI design, visual design, and usability testing.
    • Created and facilitated multi-day innovation workshops with 250+ paid attendees for clients including Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Academy of the Arts and Sciences, Ashoka, and F5 Networks.
    • Received the award for "Outstanding Achievement in Website Development" by the Web Marketing Association for a project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the US-Japan Foundation.
    Technologies: Microsoft Office, Visio, Adobe InDesign, Justinmind, Axure, Balsamiq, Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop


  • Master's-level Studies in International Business
    1997 - 1998
    University of Illinois - Chicago, Illinois
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering
    1993 - 1997
    University of Colorado - Boulder, Colorado




Seattle, WA, United States

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