HI, I’M RON JOHNSON.
I make art and design things.
Thank you for your attention—I’ll try to make the most of it. I am a visual artist, user experience designer, and creator passionate about solving complex and meaningful problems.
I bring value to entrepreneurs and internal teams as a design and product development resource.
Working with you
The ‘why’ is as important as the ‘what’. I strive to understand all aspects of the thinking that goes into a project so we arrive at the best possible solution. This means gathering every bit of available data, understanding the overarching goals, knowing the customer like they’re my best friend, and sometimes dislodging prevalent assumptions.
Professional and accessible
I work to seamlessly integrate with your team, keep your working hours, and use your communication methods. Familiar with Slack, Basecamp, Pivotal, and Trello. Or I’ll learn how to use your homegrown solution.
Reliable, effective communicator
Nearly all design problems (and probably problems in general) are caused by a lack of information. I build processes that collect and disseminate critical information to all stakeholders. Don’t have a design communication process in place? No problem – I’ll help establish one.
Defining characteristic: curiosity. I embrace ambiguity, avoid assumptions, and suspend judgement. This succeeds in environments where, “I don’t know—let’s find out!” is an acceptable answer and fails where confirmation biases rule. Design is problem-solving, and problem-solving starts with asking questions.
- Industries (technology): automotive, entertainment, beauty
- Video games: mobile, social, F2P, core
- Minimizing user acquisition costs
- Low-cost retention strategies
Digital subscriptions / services
- Customer acquisition: social, promotions / advertising, SEO
- Retention strategies: content design, new feature ideation
- Product valuation / ROI
E-commerce / digital products
- Building brand loyalty through compelling experiences
- Promotion initiatives and events
- User engagement, gamification, social
Loves and inspiration
Puns and verbal wordplay, pizza, making people laugh, making people pizza, people who love my pizza, thoughtful challenging conversation, board gaming, amazing clouds, art galleries, waffles, whiskey, and many other things that start with ‘W’.