Brian McConnell

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Multi-faceted design leader with proven experince in product, engineering and business. I love designing teams & cultures that produce great work.

Professional Experience

Disney Streaming Services

Senior Director of UX & Design

September 2015 - Present

I grew the product design practice from 3 designers to 25+, built our UX research and prototyping disciplines from scratch, formalized Design Ops around career leveling, hiring playbook and project management.

Noteworthy projects: Disney+, ESPN+, NHL, StreamEngine, MLB, MLS, Eurosport Player

BlogTalkRadio & Cinchcast

Director of Product & UX

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 organic visits
  • 37.3% increase in organic page views
  • 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.

buzzd

Director of UX

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

Edelman Digital

Technical Director

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.

Rhythmism.com

Founder & President

February 2004 - February 2012

I founded, designed and built New York's leading website for fans of dance music and nightclubbing. Bootstrapped, Profitable and Proud since 2007 to closing. 150k monthly visitors from 20+ countries worldwide.

Motionbox.com

Senior User Interface Developer

March 2006 - April 2007

Developed web applications for sharing and editing video.

Rich FX

R&D Developer

August 2004 - March 2006

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

Kageki

Founder & President

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.

Cambridge Technology Partners

UX Design Technologist

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