Getting all the arrows pointing in the same direction

Through strong communication skills, enthusiasm and collaboration, I've led clients and team members to discover and embrace a combined vision for a project.

Making the complex simple

I've led projects that have turned large datasets, complicated workflows and tricky architectures into useful and usable (and sometimes even fun!) interactions. I very much enjoy creating elegant solutions out of complex problems.

Working within constraints to find clever solutions

I actually like constraints - instead of limiting us, constraints can help us to think outside the box. I work well as an intermediary between designers and technologists and have found that some of the best ideas come out when juxtaposing the two.

Professional Experience

Principal Designer and Cofounder

Snapzing - San Francisco, CA Jul 2011 to present
Snapzing is a social photo game/engagement advertising platform created for the iPhone. Recruited and led team from concept to public launch in 4 months. Responsible for the conceptualization, gameplay, visual and interaction design. Launched in early October, currently a 4.5 star app.

Director of User Experience

Mark Logic Corporation - San Carlos, CA, Nov 2009 to Jul 2011
Provided UX leadership, strategy and deliverables for product management, marketing and engineering. Responsible for user research, ideation, prototypes, screen designs and usability testing of MarkLogic and customer products.

Director of User Experience

New City Media, Inc. – 1998 to 2008, Blacksburg, VA
Responsible for direction and leadership of designers and programmers in the creation and implementation of approximately 150 interactive projects/products during 9+ year tenure. Led efforts in the creation of award-winning consumer and B2B web properties.

Multiple IMA, CASE, Addy, and Macromedia/Adobe Site of the Day awards.

Other titles while at New City Media

Instructor - "Designing UX for the Web"

Virginia Tech Art Department - Spring 2008, Blacksburg, VA
Created and instructed Art 4984 "Designing User Experience for the Web, “ which covered the planning and design of web sites and applications. Lectures and assignments focused on requirements gathering, wireframes, navigation, layout conventions, user flows, copywriting and client relations.


Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA

Master of Human Computer Interaction (3.9 GPA)

University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI

Bachelor of Music 1991 in Music Theory/Composition - Minor in Advertising
Cum Laude Graduate (3.37 GPA)

Professional Skills

Media - Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Flex, Illustrator, OmniGraffle
Languages & Markup - HTML, XML, CSS, AJAX/JavaScript, SQL
Music & Audio - Logic Studio, Reason


Member Information Architecture Institute
CHI 2009
UIE Web Application Summit, VIP 2007
User Experience Week - Adaptive Path Summer 2006

And just for fun:


James D. Vogt (JD)
Mobile: 540-250-5079
Foster City, CA

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• User Experience Design
• Mobile Design
• Product Design
• Information Architecture
• Interaction Design
• Leading Interactive Teams
• Usability Testing
• Project Management


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