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SCALING DESIGN'S IMPACT.

Hi. I'm Jeremy.

I’m a UX Design & Research leader specializing in helping software design teams enable significant outcomes for businesses across Consumer, Enterprise, and B2B environments. I’ve started and grown Product Design & User Research functions from the ground up, helped scale mid-size companies, and managed design teams at Fortune 25 brands. 
My teams have generated millions of dollars in revenue, had direct influence on closing record-setting deals, won back lost contracts, and been responsible for double-digit retention growth.

I am a UX leader/designer working to improve the experience Fortune 100 & 500 organizations have with the digital products they use every day. It is my job to deliver user outcomes that help companies grow, increase profitability, & grow shareholder value.  

People are the focus of everything I do. My biggest passion is to help designers reach their potential and build team cultures that allow everyone to do their best work. 

LEADERSHIP PHILOSOPHY

Enablement rather than enforcement. Bridge building rather than whip cracking.  Autonomy & accountability rather than micromanagement and order taking. 

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Most would agree that the image of a boss yelling instructions at his team is not helpful nor effective leadership.  However, I also believe that the image of the leader in the trenches at the front of their team is not the right one either. I've seen too many leaders try to demonstrate high quality work by attempting to be the team lead in addition to the manager. That mentality is the source of an incredible amount of problems, inefficiency, and turnover.

I prefer the mental model of a leader building and holding up a bridge for their team. A leader should inspire. They should set a clear vision. They should make connections for their team. They should clear obstacles. Most importantly, they should enable their team to do the best work of their lives. But the responsibility for doing the work belongs with the team, not the manager. Giving autonomy while requiring accountability is one of the hallmarks of great leaders. 

I have found that it is through transparency, accountability, teamwork, and ownership that winning teams are created and maintained. The best way I've found to create a culture of innovation that is scalable is to push decision making & accountability as far down the chain as possible. This creates an entire team of leaders rather than followers. 

WHAT MY COWORKERS HAVE TO SAY

I've been blessed over the years to work with some incredible people. Here's what a few of them had to say about the experience. 
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CLAIRE MASON

JOSH HARDMAN
Senior Engineer

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Senior Engineer

Senior UX Manager (current manager)

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Senior Engineer

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Senior Engineer

"Jeremy is a rare combination of true industry thought-leader and caring, team-first people leader. Jeremy joined The Home Depot to lead a relatively new team that was experiencing some growing pains. I was looking to Jeremy to stabilize the team and establish foundational design practices. Jeremy delivered faster than I would ever have expected and moved well beyond stability to a thriving, facilitating growth for the team that is now marked by its collaboration, efficiency, and maturity. It is clear that this growth is directly tied to Jeremy’s incredible talent for developing people and activating strengths, starting by establishing trust through genuine care for people.

Jeremy also has so much to contribute to the overall maturity of any design operation. His passion and expertise in design systems and optimizing work processes would mature any organization. He does not “stay in his lane” but is constantly looking for ways to support and bring value.

Having worked closely with him over the past year, I can also say that Jeremy is an absolute pleasure to work with. Knowledgeable, kind, and exceedingly capable, Jeremy is a gem. I could not recommend him more highly!"

"Jeremy is an amazingly talented UX professional. He fully invests himself in his work, and is one of the best people I have ever worked with. He is a great collaborator, and seeks to gather as much information as he can from end users. He is constantly seeking better ways to improve the end user experience, and always manages to create an elegant experience that solves user pain points. He is a tremendous asset, and I couldn't recommend him more highly."

"Jeremy is an amazingly talented UX professional. He fully invests himself in his work, and is one of the best people I have ever worked with. He is a great collaborator, and seeks to gather as much information as he can from end users. He is constantly seeking better ways to improve the end user experience, and always manages to create an elegant experience that solves user pain points. He is a tremendous asset, and I couldn't recommend him more highly."

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STEPHEN THROWER

JOSH HARDMAN
Senior Engineer

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Senior Engineer

Senior Talent Acquisition Partner

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Senior Engineer

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Senior Engineer

"Jeremy is human-centered and it's clear to see because of his actions. Jeremy always communicates with me proactively whether it is about his own journey joining our team or hiring for Jeremy directly to grow his team - the level of partnership here is what Talent Acquisition looks for in a true Hiring partnership. Jeremy carries a wealth of knowledge and experience within UX and I'm lucky to work with such an amazing leader! If you are contemplating working with Jeremy in any capacity I encourage you not to hesitate!"

"Jeremy is an amazingly talented UX professional. He fully invests himself in his work, and is one of the best people I have ever worked with. He is a great collaborator, and seeks to gather as much information as he can from end users. He is constantly seeking better ways to improve the end user experience, and always manages to create an elegant experience that solves user pain points. He is a tremendous asset, and I couldn't recommend him more highly."

"Jeremy is an amazingly talented UX professional. He fully invests himself in his work, and is one of the best people I have ever worked with. He is a great collaborator, and seeks to gather as much information as he can from end users. He is constantly seeking better ways to improve the end user experience, and always manages to create an elegant experience that solves user pain points. He is a tremendous asset, and I couldn't recommend him more highly."

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SARAH ALBINDA

JOSH HARDMAN
Senior Engineer

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Senior Engineer

Senior Product Designer

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Senior Engineer

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Senior Engineer

"Jeremy is definitely one of the best UX managers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Not only does he excel at being a UX evangelist, he also has no problem doing the design work if necessary. Jeremy leads by example and many people at Target found his strategic thinking and design mentorship both inspiring and motivating. Despite our differences in thinking, we had a great connection and excellent working relationship; I value all that he taught me during his time at Target. He empowered me to create great products while simultaneously delighting users. He is an excellent UX leader and coach, and I will always hold him in the highest esteem."

"Jeremy is an amazingly talented UX professional. He fully invests himself in his work, and is one of the best people I have ever worked with. He is a great collaborator, and seeks to gather as much information as he can from end users. He is constantly seeking better ways to improve the end user experience, and always manages to create an elegant experience that solves user pain points. He is a tremendous asset, and I couldn't recommend him more highly."

"Jeremy is an amazingly talented UX professional. He fully invests himself in his work, and is one of the best people I have ever worked with. He is a great collaborator, and seeks to gather as much information as he can from end users. He is constantly seeking better ways to improve the end user experience, and always manages to create an elegant experience that solves user pain points. He is a tremendous asset, and I couldn't recommend him more highly."

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NATE EVANS

JOSH HARDMAN
Senior Engineer

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Senior Engineer

Director of Product

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Senior Engineer

JOSH HARDMAN
Senior Engineer

"I have worked with many people, but few more closely than Jeremy Bird. Jeremy revolutionized UX at ArbiterSports. His designs and, more importantly, his processes are here to stay. His first objective when he arrived was to get to know customers, to talk to them, to ask questions, and to be a good listener. And he turned that understanding into truly great designers that jumped our product forward 20 years! It's a great legacy to leave."

"Passion, dedication, and wisdom! Jeremy is a very talented UX pro that genuinely loves finding the best solutions to complex problems. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the discovery and planning processes. Jeremy also loves to teach and mentor others within the company. He took the initiative to start and run bi-weekly, company-wide meetings called design trust. He would show mock-ups to get feedback or run UX exercises. These UX exercises run by Jeremy led us to great solutions in the towing and roadside industries."

"Passion, dedication, and wisdom! Jeremy is a very talented UX pro that genuinely loves finding the best solutions to complex problems. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the discovery and planning processes. Jeremy also loves to teach and mentor others within the company. He took the initiative to start and run bi-weekly, company-wide meetings called design trust. He would show mock-ups to get feedback or run UX exercises. These UX exercises run by Jeremy led us to great solutions in the towing and roadside industries."

More recommendations are available to read on my LinkedIn profile.

WORK EXPERIENCE

I'VE DONE WORK FOR:

I started my design journey as a Visual Designer for print & web mediums. After a decade, I transitioned into UX Design & Research where I've worked as both a creator and leader in the 11 years that have followed. I've worked for small startups & large Fortune 25 enterprises, in-house and as a consultant, across many different industries. 

The Home Depot

UX Design Manager

Remote • April 2022 - Current

Target

Senior UX Design Manager

Remote • October 2020 - April 2022

ArbiterSports

Head of UX & Product Design

Sandy, UT • April 2019 - October 2020

Omadi

UX Design Manager

Lehi, UT • June 2017 - January 2019

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