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Hello, I'm Ryan Hanau

User Experience Designer

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About Me

I have dedicated my life and 20+ year career to better understanding people and computers and to finding the best way to allow both to interact. I call myself a User Experience specialist, which in my mind, simply means that I work to make the interaction between people and computers as seamless as possible. If the best designed interfaces are the ones that you don't notice, then I spend my days making my contribution as invisible as possible. To achieve this, I am a strong proponent of evidence-based design that relies on user research. I've learned that my work and that of the various teams I support is best guided by objective data that is guided through a collaborative process involving all project stakeholders. I strongly believe in the power of teams and the wisdom of the crowd.

 
 

My Experience

My career has been distinguished by a wide variety of accomplishments. I began designing online interfaces in 1995 while I was a graduate student at Art Center College of Design and working at the Los Angeles Times on their first Web site. Since then I have designed hundreds of projects for well-known companies (including Audi, Louis Vuitton, the New York Times, the Smithsonian Institute, Glamour, UniCredit, Bank of America, McKesson, Visa, Pfizer, Merck, and Zappos), managed two of my own design firms (Chroma Design and Cognigencia), worked as the head of design at Motorola and Saatchi & Saatchi, taught at a three different universities, won over a dozen awards and hold two patents for user interface innovations while designing the National Geographic site.

In recent years my career has taken on an international perspective. I'm currently located in San Francisco, California and until recently had an office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I have worked on individual assignments in Paris, London, Tokyo, Beijing, São Paulo and in the US have lived and worked in San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles.

 
 

Specialities

I have a broad range of skills, which is a result of the length and evolution of my practice. I pride myself on being a hands-on designer while also be equally capable of leading teams. For me the two go hand in hand. My management style is to lead by example.

 
 
  • Computer Human Interaction

  • Creative Direction

  • Design Management

  • Design Thinking

  • Digital Strategy

  • Human Factors

  • Information Architecture (IA)

  • Interaction Design

  • Service Design

  • Usability

  • User-centered Design

  • User Experience (UX)

  • User Interface Design

  • User Research & Testing

  • Visual Design

 

Selected Recent Projects


Client Reviews

It’s rare that you come across standout talent like Ryan. I have the pleasure of often collaborating with Ryan on many interesting Customer Experience topics and I am constantly impressed by his extensive experience in designing and assessing digital experiences across different industries.
— Davide Di Labio — Manager, presso BearingPoint
Ryan took our un-styled v2 product and in just a few days he developed a beautiful new design for it. Over the course of 8 weeks we went back and forth iterating on the design until all stakeholders were satisfied. The product of his work reflects his expert domain knowledge, eye for detail, and mastery of UX design.

It was always a pleasure working with him and I hope to have the opportunity again!
— Jay Taylor — Senior Director of Engineering, ThreatStream Inc.
Ryan brought a depth of User Experience knowledge to his consulting work on Prevention.com. Ryan was also able to dig deep into mastering the intricacies of some fairly complex vendor data integrations, which helped inform his excellent interface recommendations. He was also always extremely professional, organized and prepared. I enjoyed working with Ryan, and welcome the opportunity to work with him again on future projects.
— Beverly May — Director, Product Development and Consumer Experience, Rodale
Ryan came in to freelance on a whirlwind project, handling the IA requirements for a large site redesign. Ryan was gracious and did a great job. I’d recommend Ryan for your freelance IA needs.
— Laura Bonetti — Creative Recruiter
Ryan is excellent to work with, thorough and detail-oriented. He adapts perfectly to any working environment and is particularly adept at simplifing the complex. We have worked together on numerous projects and it’s always a great experience.
— Gweneth Campbell — President & Owner, Unger Campbell
Ryan consulted as a manuscript development reviewer for books for the interaction design and information architecture profession. He provided excellent technical and editorial critique which resulted in a much improved product every time. Hopefully you will have a chance to get him to help you, too.
— Diane Cerra — Executive Editor at Morgan & Claypool Publishers