Thomas Hallgren UX/UI / Senior Product Designer / Innovator
thallgren.com / thomhallgren@gmail.com / linkedin.com/in/thomas-hallgren

Hi, I am a seasoned, hands-on 'T-Shaped' UX/UI digital product designer, strategist and researcher with a passion for humanizing cutting-edge technology. Over the last 15+ years, I have worked across various sectors, designing for and leading cross-functional teams through large and unconventional innovation challenges. In the past 5+ years, I have been creating innovative experiences in blockchain technology. Now, I am seeking my 'forever home' within an innovative organization working with new technologies, including machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). My goal is to apply my unique skills, extensive experience in cutting-edge technologies, and collaborative problem-solving mindset to your most challenging issues.

Sr Product Designer - Video Conferencing Applications
Fractally - Remote | Mar 2021 – present
• Lead UX product design through strategic planning, competitive research, and quality assurance to launch and maintain effective blockchain-based video conference applications
• Branded application, website and social marketing efforts for the company and applications by creating and maintaining effective Figma design systems

UX Product Design Team Manager - Bullish.com 
Block.one - Blacksburg, VA | Mar 2020 – Dec 2020
• Enhanced team-work by assigning “accountabilities”, doubling production-ready velocity
• Required prototype & testing for complex features reducing final time to development 50%
• Engaged team by accelerating employee-training resulting in company-wide education

Sr UX Product Designer - Innovation Lab
Block.one - Blacksburg, VA | Jun 2019 – Mar 2020
• Translated IP whiteboard sessions with CTO into high-fidelity product design prototypes
• Defined high value IP inside of product designs to receive upper-management approvals
• Created product strategy, opportunity and release schedules, receiving corporate approvals

User Experience Researcher - Blockchain Applications
Block.one - Blacksburg, VA | May 2018 – June 2019
• Boosted product focus through competitive research analysis, focusing new products by over 90%
• Focused product ideation by researching and validating new concepts by CTO, resulting in 5 patents
• Introduced new product thinking into the organization by leading company-wide Blue-ocean product presentations, resulting 3x focus onto new products
• Eliminated terminology confusion by leading lexicon research inquiry sessions resulting in 50% clarity increase

Sr UX Designer - Virtumedix Telemedicine Products
Comtech Telecommunications - Irvine, CA | Mar 2016 – Feb 2018
• Created agile feature designs by collaborating with engineers, performing product validation, verification and assessing risks to increase deployment velocity 2x
• Performed usability research and testing to  inform product and all stakeholders
• Lead testing sessions by creating low-to-high-fidelity prototypes to reduce user clicks by over 50%

Sr Product Designer - Work Improvement Products
Collabworks - Redwood City, CA | Mar 2014 – Feb 2016
• Streamlined information architecture in a major redesign, reducing user process time by 65%
• Increased clarity through  terminology studies, reducing user instruction time by over 50%
• Conducted usability testing sessions, eliminating blockers that caused abandonment

Sr Product Designer, Researcher - all products
Arnson Communications - Los Angeles | Jan 2013 – Feb 2014
• Addressed major Slacker Radio usability issues by conducting competitive UX research, then designed new cross-platform architecture and design solutions, leading to a total redesign

Sr UX Designer - Mobile Applications
Fiinex - Los Angele & Tokyo
• Strategized, architected and designed and managed the development of nearly two dozen mobile applications for US and Japanese based clients in social, fashion, entertainment and auto industries.

Manager, OC-iOS User & Developer Group. Product Design Award recipient, OC Brother Hackathon.

Responsive Web Application & Feature Design, Product Validation, Design Systems, Product Strategy, Competitive Research & Analysis, Schedule Management, Strategic Planning, Facilitation, Quality Assurance, Communication & Team Management

Figma, Google Workspace, AdobeXD, Illustrator, Photoshop, Slack, Jira, VSCode HTML/CSS/Flex

UX Strategy Master Certification | Jaime Levy’s course
Bachelor of Fine Arts  Degree ( w/ honors) |  Rhode Island School of Design
Additional Design Studies  | Yale University & Art Center School of Design

Contributed to the following patent filings while at Block.one
us 10846733: Systems and methods for incentivizing digital identity verification - Nov 24, 2020, https://patents.justia.com/patent/10846733
us 10789345: Creating a secure digital identity - Sep 29, 2020,
us 20200250283: DIGITAL IDENTITY SOCIAL GRAPH - Aug 6, 2020,
us 10452828: Systems and methods for creating a verified digital association - Oct 22, 2019,
us 10325084: Systems and methods for creating a secure digital identity - Jun 18, 2019,

Managed and mentored OC-iOS User Group. Received UX award for the OC Brother Hackathon.