Hi folks, It’s my great pleasure to announce that today, Jared Zimmerman will start as Wikimedia Foundation’s Director of User Experience. As UX Director, Jared will lead the design team and have a hands-on role on the team, contributing his own design work. It’s still a small team (Brandon, Vibha, May, and Pau), but we expect to hire an additional 3-4 designers in the coming 12-18 months.
Prior to Wikimedia, Jared was Principal Interaction Designer at Autodesk, where he worked with engineers, visual artists, and user experience researchers to create new software solutions for architecture and design professionals with an emphasis on AutoCAD for Mac and soon to be released online design collaboration tools. Jared has led cross-disciplinary design teams in his roles at Autodesk, Ammunition Group, and iconmobile, including creative direction. At Autodesk, he was part of the transition to agile development and helped his design teams apply those principles to their work. During his time there he worked with design management to establish designers as product owners in the scrum process, to further integrate them into the development process from start to finish, as well as teaching his team best practices for use of agile design tools. Jared has degrees in Graphic Design (BGD) and Fine Art Photography (BFA) from the Rhode Island School of Design. His photography has been in featured in publications such as Travel + Leisure Magazine, ZonaRetiro, and Huffington Post. In addition to starting in his new job, Jared is also planning his wedding in July to his fiancée Shannon.  In his spare time Jared is wrapping up a remodel to their home, working on his first iPhone app, experimental cooking, photographing the bay area & abroad , and answering questions on Quora.  I look forward to Jared’s leadership in helping elevate a delightful, consistent and efficient User Experience to becoming a key measure of success for our work. Please join me in welcoming Jared! :-) Erik  http://shannonbadiee.com/  http://www.flickr.com/photos/spoinknet/  https://www.quora.com/Jared-Zimmerman/answers -- Erik Möller VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation _______________________________________________ Please note: all replies sent to this mailing list will be immediately directed to Wikimedia-l, the public mailing list of the Wikimedia community. For more information about Wikimedia-l: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l _______________________________________________ WikimediaAnnounce-l mailing list WikimediaAnnounceemail@example.com https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaannounce-l