The Curious Case of Jason E. Beaird

Me at SxSWi 2007 Hi there. My name is Jason and I’m a user experience designer and front-end developer in Atlanta, GA. “Developer? But didn’t you write a design book?” I ask myself that question now and then. Although I do identify myself as more designer than developer, I enjoy the challenges of tinkering with code just as much as pushing pixels in Photoshop. In short, I <3 the web and all the little bits and bytes that go into making it fly.

I graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003 with a degree in Graphic Design…and another one in Digital Media. Since then, I’ve worked as a web designer for a variety of different employers, but have always enjoyed wearing multiple hats.

Behind every good artist…

Ames and I were married happily ever after on July 19th, 2003. That however, is neither the end nor the beginning of our story. I’ve known and been good friends with Ames since high school. Even though I was a grade ahead of her we had a lot of mutual friends, we hung out together sometimes at lunch, and had lockers in the same hall my senior year. The thing I remember best about Amy from those days was her organization. She had almost straight A’s, was good at getting people together, and had EVERYTHING written out in her planner. In a last ditch effort to add some of that organization to my life before leaving for college, I actually borrowed her planner for a day so I could figure out just how she did it all.

Amy and I in Puerto Rico

We never did date in high school, we were just friends. Unlike many of my other high school friends though, we actually stayed in touch. Whenever I would come back to Vero during my first year at UCF, she would make sure something fun was going on. I think people started getting suspicious when I took her to her senior prom, but at that point, we really were just friends. She was (and still is) a country music fan, so one day I suggested that she get some of our friends to get together and drive up to 8 Seconds in Orlando for dinner and line dancing. She had a carload of people who said they would go, but at the last minute everyone bailed. She ended up coming up on her own, I took her out to dinner at Don Pablos, we danced, we kissed – and we didn’t even talk about it till the next day. That was our first “date” and the rest is history.

Amy is still the most organized and logical person I know. In the Fall of 2004, she got her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, and defended her PhD thesis at the University of South Carolina in Summer of 2010 to officially become Dr. Amy Beaird. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world having her as my wife. She makes me a better person than I would be without her…even though I still couldn’t use a day planner to save my life.

What is this place? How did I get here? started as an ugly, static, table-based site hosted on the “Pegasus” student servers at UCF back in 2002. Although I had created other personal sites before it, this site was to serve 3 purposes: a journal, an online portfolio of design work and an experimental sandbox for web design. While it has gone through a lot of incremental changes, it’s purpose remains the same.

As always, this site is presented in standards-compliant HTML and CSS. The fluid grid layout you see here is based on Kyle Neath’s Hemmingway WordPress theme. The header and background textures are inspired or directly scanned from an old book of postcards from the 1900s. I’ve used jQuery for some whizbang here and there, but everything should be completely functional without any of that client-side tomfoolery.

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See Life Through My Eyes

  • At Downtown UX tonight, @uxwes is talking about how to advocate for user experience within an organization.
  • Adelyn went to a classmate’s birthday party, so Mavrie and I ventured out to find a clever new geocache in our neighborhood.
  • Watching the #royalwedding this morning with my two princesses.
  • Theme parkin’ ain’t easy.
  • Just a typical weekend at home.
  • Learning about the UX Engineer role at Google from Kelly Knight and Munish Dabas and the types of projects they work on. #frontendconf #fedc18
  • The ability to tell compelling stories is one of the most important skills a designer can have and @samanthatoy is a master storyteller. #frontendconf #fedc18
  • During the last couple #fedc talks I got to observe @giodif’s drawing process. By the break, three new illustrations were live on :hushed:
  • Much of the wisdom that @robert.harr is sharing about how Sparkbox manages the discovery process w/ clients applies to building within an internal product team as well. #frontendconf #fedc
  • ‪Still intimidated by RWD? I’m completely blown away by @ronedelen’s exploration of the intricacies and complexity of designing UX for VR & augmented reality. #frontendconf ‬
  • Had the pleasure of seeing @minamarkham speak here at #frontendconf in 2014, so it was incredible to hear the story of how that talk led to her position on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the creation of the Pantsuit design system.
  • The one and only @dandenney, inspiring all of us with stories from the first TEN years of Front End Design Conference.
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