Brian McConnell

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Multi-faceted design executive with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for product strategy. Bringing a unique background in design, product and engineering to leading design. I’ve coached teams at startups and enterprises to become stronger collaborators and innovators. Skilled at working in the boardroom or studio.

Professional Experience

Senior Director, Product Design

The Walt Disney Company

September 2015 - Present

I joined MLB Advanced Media at the start of a multi-year period of transformation. My role as a design leader was to help us find a competitive advantage through design. That meant growing new teams and capabilities for the practice; and managing change as the company achieved each new milestone.

Responsible for developing and managing a strategic UX capability across 3 locations: New York, San Francisco and Amsterdam to enable the launch of multiple global streaming products. Grew a product design team from 2 designers to 17 designers and UX researchers. Founded UX Research practice and growth teams. Built design operations in hiring, career development and dual-track agile development. Mentored & developed design leaders.

Projects: Disney+, ESPN+, NHL, MLB.tv, MLS LIVE, Eurosport Player, StreamEngine.

Director of Product & UX

Voxnest

December 2010 - May 2015

I oversaw the UX effort including user research, UI design, messaging & voice and agile project management. Managed 3 full-time & contract designers through a global redesign across web, email and mobile platforms producing significant gains:

  • 95% increase in DAU
  • 41.3% increase in monthly subscription revenue

I helped Cinchcast launch their enterprise product from first prototype through MVP and on to enterprise application. I designed the visual language, the initial UI, defined Agile/Lean UX process and educated engineers on responsive design & agile UX.

Projects: BlogTalkRadio.com, Cinchcast, Voxnest Dynamo

Director of UX

buzzd

August 2009 - August 2010

Oversaw the design of Buzzd’s mobile city guide. Utilized user centered practices, directed brand redesign, project managed agile development process.

  • Increased overall user activity by 200+%
  • Increased adoption & retention by 20%
  • Doubled web & mobile web application speed

Technical Director

Edelman Digital

April 2007 - October 2008

Supervised a team of 4 web developers. My time was split between engineering, business development, UX design, writing technical specifications and mentoring junior developers.

Senior User Interface Developer

Motionbox.com

March 2006 - April 2007

Developed web applications for sharing and editing video.

R&D Developer

Rich FX

August 2004 - March 2006

Developed code framework & authoring tools for self-service e-commerce platform.

Founder & President

Kageki

February 2000 - January 2005

Founded an interactive agency serving record labels, music distributors and live venues. Studio K7! saved enough to hire a full- time sales position by publishing their catalog online.

UX Design Technologist

Cambridge Technology Partners

October 1999 - April 2000

Designed & built advanced interfaces and interactive installations.

Clients: Ford, Walmart, GMAC

Reset.com / Xceed

UX Design Technologist

September 1998 - October 1999

Developed interactive applications and websites.

Clients: CBS News, Warner Brothers Pictures, Interscope Records, HBO

Education

New York University

(Late 1900s) - Bachelor of Music

Competencies

  • User centered design
  • UX research
  • Art direction
  • Design technology for prototyping and workflow
  • Design Ops: People, Process, Tools
  • Hiring & team building
  • Mentorship, career development, coaching
  • Storytelling, Pitching, Presentation

Odd Jobs

Taco chef

A popup taco stand in Brooklyn called "Unicorn Tacos"

PADI Divemaster

Led diving excursions in Grand Cayman

Stage Lighting Tech

Lighting tech at legendary nightclub Filter 14 née Mother

Even Jobs

recording studio engineer

house-painter

waiter

bigbox computer retailer