James Foster, MA

Web & Mobile UI Design, User Experience, Media Psychology

Hi! My name is James Foster, and I’m a web and mobile UI designer in Cincinnati, OH specializing in creating beautiful, usable, standards based designs.

James Foster

(513) 490-0377
Cincinnati, OH
About Me

I am an award-winning creative UX/UI designer & director with a passion for web standards, accessibility, usability, and cross-browser compatibility, and I've been designing websites since 1999. I'm a front-end generalist - I do everything from requirements gathering, wireframing, designing, prototyping, testing, hi-fidelity prototyping, and final HTML & CSS creation (and even more testing!)

I create sites from scratch, and I also customize WordPress and Moodle themes and plug-ins (which means I know just enough PHP and JavaScript to modify and get it to do what I need it to do). With my advanced training in psychology, my focus is on the human to computer interface interaction. Computers are everywhere these days - from our phone to our glasses (thank you Google!) and some of them are cryptic and frustrating to use - and some seem as natural as breathing. My passion lies in understanding exactly why that is, and how we can make more of the latter, and avoid the former like the plague.

I also have experience in Voice Over / Narration, Instructional Design, Video Editing, & managing teams.

Skills
  • Dreamweaver
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Photoshop
  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • Wire Framing
  • Usability Testing
  • Writing/Composition
  • Moodle
  • Instructional Design
Education
  • University of Oregon
    1994 - 1997
    Major: Comparative Religious Studies

    Left school prior to graduation to get married and join the work force.

  • Northcentral University
    2008 - 2009
    BA, Psychology

    Returned to finish my undergraduate degree a decade later, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. I changed my major while I was at it.

  • Union Institute & University
    2009 - 2011
    MA, Psychology

    Focused on the psychology of the Human/Computer Interface, human "patterns of recognition" and "new learning" behavior as it applies to New Media Interfaces.

  • Union Institute & University
    2009 - 2015
    Psy.D, Clinical Psychology

     

Is That a Venn Diagram?!

Yes, yes it is.

The following diagram gives a graphical overview of the general domains of the UX Designer, the UI Developer/Designer, and the Application Developer. As you can see by reviewing my work and skill-set, I happily span both the UX and UI domains.

This image is a graphical representation of the different domains between UX, UI, and Application Development
Work Experience
  • RHI Consulting
    2014 - Present
    UI/UX Design Consultant

     

    • Consumer Facing Websites
    • HTML/CSS
    • Wordpress Customization
  • Matson Money
    2012 - 2013
    USER EXPERIENCE DESIGNER

    Established in 1991, (as Matrix Asset Allocation, Inc.) Matson Money is a full service Registered Investment Advisor firm offering asset management services through independent financial professionals nationwide.

    • Made Multiple presentations to company executives;
    • Introduced responsive design and development practices to company;
    • Lead development of multiple mobile web sites optimized for mobile devices;
    • Lead usability testing for the company flagship website
    • Lead redesign of flagship site, as well as multiple campaign related “mini-sites”
  • Precyse Solutions
    2011 - 2012
    PRECYSE UNIVERSITY WEBMASTER

    Precyse University is an online, moodle-based education system geared towards medical coders and health profressionals.

    • Moodle implementation, modification, template design
    • Mobile development
  • American Modern Insurance Group
    2008 - 2011
    USER INTERFACE DESIGNER II

    American Modern Insurance Group was incorporated in 1965, yet the company’s history actually goes back to 1938 when its original parent, The Midland Company, was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since that time the company has continuously delivered an array of specialty insurance products.

    • Designed, coded, and implemented multiple consumer facing websites
    • Mobile development
    • Usability testing and heuristic evaluations
  • Union Institute & University
    2001 - 2008
    UNIVERSITY WEBMASTER

    UI&U is a regionally accredited, non-profit university featuring a primarily "distributed learning" (blended in-person and online) model.

    • Responsible for introduction and planning of new web technologies
    • Lead and implemented two complete redesigns of the University web presence
    • Designed, coded, and implemented multiple consumer facing websites
    • Key leader in the University multi-department Web Team
Awards and Honors
  • Northcentral University

    Graduated magna cum laude.

  • Precyse Solutions

    Received two employee recognition awards.

  • US Army

    Army Achievement medal; 2 Army Commendation medals; Expert Field Medical Badge; Combat Field Medical Badge; SW Asia Service medal with 2 Bronze Stars

Professional Presentations & Publications
  • Sears, R., Foster, J., & Denton, R. (2012, March). Zen koans for psychotherapists. Workshop presented at the Ohio Psychological Association’s Annual Psychology and Spirituality Retreat, Loudonville, Ohio
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation, a peer-reviewed journal of the Society of Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation, 2010/2011
  • Sears, R., & Foster, J. (2012). Zen koans for psychotherapists. The Ohio Psychologist
  • Foster, J. (in press). My idea of my thought of what I think you mean: Zen Koans for touching reality. In R. Sears, A. Niblick, & J. Scott (Eds.) Spirituality and Psychotherapy
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