An experienced design leader capable of building creative teams, products & services.

ABOUT DANE HOWARD

Dane Howard is a Design leader & Entrepreneur. He has built his career through helping companies’ design, prototype and build products.

With a background in sequential media, he has focused much of his work on fast, agile prototyping within a context of a product story. User-focused design and serial thinking are the emphasis of his work. Dane has worked on an international scale with Directors of Design, Marketing and R&D labs, Senior Executives of Technology and Chief Executive Officers.

He has played a principle design and leadership role in developing key strategies for Microsoft, Designworks | BMW, Major League Baseball, Scient Corporation, Quokka Sports, NBCOlympics, Alias/Wavefront, VUVOX & eBay. His work & travels have brought him experience in working both in Europe & Asia.

He co-founded VUVOX in 2006, which was acquired in 2008 by eBay. He is now a design leader at eBay. Dane is an author, painter, photographer, designer, and father. A personal website for his kids spawned a book entitled, The Future of Memories to help anyone better prepare, document and share their life’s stories.

Dane frequently speaks on innovation, design & surviving big companies.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Trōv
Advisor (May 2013 – Present)

Trōv (trov.com) organizes and protects the things you own, so you can get the most out of them.

Stand.tc
Advisor (June 2015-present)

Honored and proud to be an Advisory Board member assisting with user Experience & Design.

“STAND delivers on the true promise of a connected world — people helping each other. It removes the friction between empathy and action and connects us with people we care about around the causes we love. Everyone needs a chance to be heard, to matter, and to make a positive impact in the world. STAND will be one of the most important apps we’ve seen in a long time.”
~Biz Stone — Chairman, STAND

STAND enables anyone to discover causes through people. This is powerful as it creates stories of compassion that build in strength through re-telling. The significance is that the act of standing FOR or WITH someone is a much needed and powerful interaction needed in our increasingly mobile and social world. STAND promises to bring weight, significance & soul to the social graph. Its much more powerful than a ‘like’​ or ‘favorite’. To STAND is as natural as a hug, but infinitely more powerful.

 

Kalibrr
Advisor (July 2015-present)

Kalibrr is transforming the way candidates find jobs and companies hire talent by leveraging their recruiting platform that uses assessments to drive faster hiring decisions.

Kalibrr is backed by Y Combinator, Learn Capital, Kickstart Ventures, Siemer Ventures Funder’s Club and the Omidyar Network. It was founded in 2012 by Paul Rivera, Dexter Ligot-Gordon, and Danny Castonguay.

eBay inc. 2008 – April 2015

Director, Global Brand Experience (2013-Present)

  • Responsible for developing and managing a cohesive visual narrative and identity for eBay Inc. supporting the company’s communications, brand, enterprise business development and stakeholder engagement strategies.
  • Responsible for creating and executing a consistent look and feel for all eBay Inc. branded experiences.
  • Responsible to translate business objectives into compelling visual stories and experiences.

eBay Marketplaces
Director, Verticals & PreVIZ Design (2011-2013)

  • Manage and mentor the design teams that serve eBay’s vertical businesses, including: Fashion.ebay.com, Motors.ebay.com, eBay Tech & Electronics, Home & Garden ($20billion in global revenue).
  • PreVIZ (rehearsethefuture.com) Grow and lead a new Pre-Visualization practice for eBay. Through pro-active design labs & workshops, responsible to lead eBay product groups through a process of solving business problems by visualizing them. PreVIZ enables better planning & execution of product experiences across the business units.

eBay Verticals, eBay Marketplaces [eBay acquired VUVOX in June 2008] Sr. Design Manager (2008-2011)

  • Hired to help Drive and Create Design Culture transformation
  • Manage Ux Experience Design, Drive Product development and R&D and oversight of Budget & Strategy
  • Grow & Foster teams – Recruit and Prototype for Agile Development
  • eBay Verticals fashion.ebay.com, fashionvault.ebay.com, motors.ebay.com
  • eBay UK- Oversee design & launch of eBay Fashion Outlet
  • Prototype New experiences + R&D resulting in garden.ebay.com
  • eBay Mobile for initial iPhone & iPad releases
  • Design & Develop executive presentations

VUVOX
Principal & Founder. CXO (2006-2011)
Successfully helped raised seed capital and build product team. Designed, built & managed VUVOX.com, brand, product & partnerships. Successfully positioned company for acquisition in June 2008.

MICROSOFT CORPORATION, 2001-2006
UX Design Lead, Mobile & Embedded Devices (MED), Microsoft Mobile Division (2005-2006)
Mobile Division, Team leader for ‘Connected’ Experiences & Media {2001-2004)

Initial Customer Experience (ICE)

Responsible for taking the global customer research for mobile handsets and turning it into a User Experience strategy, including prototypes, taxonomy and demonstrations representing a series of key investments proposed division wide. The goal of the work was to illustrate how an experience-based design and focus would improve the customer journey for Windows Mobile Devices.

  • Led Cross-division collaboration and evangelism of ICE leading to exposure in a division including the global presence of 1700 colleagues worldwide.
  • Led Interactive prototyping team for the future of PC connect experiences, working with the Windows Longhorn, Media Center and Xbox division to evangelize a user-experience vision and cross collaborative work for ‘better together’ thinking with a PC / mobile device.
  • Led the cross division evangelism and thinking on how applications are discovered and accessed on Windows Mobile devices. Inventor, 1 Patent Pending 

Media

  • Promoted to leader for MED User Experience group for Media design and development.
  • Built small team to help plan, design, and execute to compliment Future Windows Mobile Platform releases
  • Photo capture experience on Mobile phones and responsible for the future design user interface
  • Media playback & sync experience for future releases

Special Projects

Lead virtual teams to design and execute against special strategic projects for the Mobile division. Projects include:

  • MSN – Integration with MSN mobile scenarios & future vision release, including: Mobile Search, Instant Messaging, Real-time Presence, Photo Blogging and Glance-able services
  • Xbox 360 – Special collaboration projects with Xbox 360.
  • Package design & Out-of-box experience

Microsoft Research
Design Manager, Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) (2001-2005)

  • Built and lead cross-disciplinary team of designers responsible  for a new set of mobile Microsoft Products.
  • Setting the Vision: As a rare product development opportunity within Microsoft, SPOT was incubated inside of Microsoft Research. Founding member of the group. Team grew from 7 people to 60 in the course of 3 years.

In January, 2003 my team was responsible for designing a visionary video that was premiered at the CES Keynote in Las Vegas by the Microsoft chairman. The piece received numerous accolades both inside and outside the company for its vision. In January 2004, the team delivered on that vision by announcing available product. The product was awarded ‘product of the year’ for the Consumer Electronic Show.

Led a cross disciplinary design team including: 

  • Industrial Design Lead product development & user research for prototypes for mobile devices, including watches.
  • User Interface design Built a team to design, prototype & launch an innovative user interface team for mobility and small devices. The resulting work led to a number exposure inside and outside the company on the topic of ‘Glance-ability’ and pioneered a number of white-papers on ‘glance-able’ initiatives.
  • Web development design  Launch a new MSN service for mobile devices call ‘MSN Direct’
  • New Opportunities / Business Development Led incubation design team that built a portfolio of opportunities over an 8 month period. Team successfully discovered over 12 new applications & opportunities for SPOT technology.

In January 2005, my design team presented a next generation reference design of a wireless watch.

The finished reference design produced over 12 patent filings.

BMW Designworks/USA, 2011
Consultant, Advanced Communications Group

BMW Goals: Responsible to design and manage project prototypes and ongoing iterations for the Advanced Communications Group. Successfully integrated information designs into prototype vehicle for Munich evaluation. Created a visual taxonomy for the presentation of real-time information presented in the vehicle

Scient Corporation, 2000-2001
Director, Visual Design 

Major League Baseball Lead Designer and Customer Experience strategist for MLB. Led the core design team to deliver a common brand and technology platform for the entire league of baseball, including the re-architecture of 30 individual team sites and the league’s online portal. The resulting engagement created a new business for Major League Baseball. The resulting company, MLB Advanced Media was to handle all Digital assets.

Quokka Sports, 1999-2000
Design manager of NBC | Quokka Ventures (NQV)  

Responsible to manage and lead the design and production teams throughout the entire design and architect phase of the project. Built 36 authoritative destination sites for all sport disciplines of the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney.

  • Directed and maintained overall design integrity and feel of the site.
  • Oversaw all narrative “Features” and sport visualizations.
  • Designed and built a successful NBCOlympics brand.
  • Successfully coordinated with sports producers to improve the narrative approach of the site.

7th Level/Learn2.com, 1998
Director of Creative Services 

Successfully re-directed the company’s corporate identity and technology from entertainment and games to a useful set of Internet tools, products, and services. Provided creative direction and implementation of all custom solutions for 7th Level clients and partners.

EDUCATION

Art Center College of Design. (1992-1994) Pasadena, CA , BFA program in Graphic / Interactive Design.

Westmont College. (1990-1992) Santa Barbara, CA, BFA program, Fine Art.

LINKS & PRESS

Dane Howard & John Maeda Speak about Design Culture at eBay inc. Bloomberg West

Six Bite-Sized Innovation Lessons From Ebay’s New Design Think Tank,  http://bit.ly/1qYMW8N

Dane Howard Discusses PreViz, http://www.slideshare.net/fubdog/the-power-of-previz

PREVIZ, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToIrNty9pjo&feature=youtu.be

Introducing eBay Garage, https://www.fusings.com/fuses/564

The Power of PreViz at One & Co, http://bit.ly/1kYjWjW

Dane Howard Discusses PreViz Design at eBay, http://bit.ly/1qYMVBL

Pitching Projects and Products to Executives, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Tj5vW_vV0

AUTHOR

Sharing Digital Photos: The Future of Memories. Microsoft Press. February 2003; Peachpit Press. February 2006

As a part of Microsoft’s ‘internal moonlighting’ program, Dane wrote, designed and coordinated a 240 page book about the ‘Future’ of memory authoring using digital cameras.

See Details

These are the lessons learned from work experience, affecting my Head, Heart and Skills.

Lessons Learned
COMPANIES & CLIENTS

Trōv
Kalibrr
Stand.tc
eBay
VUVOX

Element Skateboards
Microsoft
BMW
Major League Baseball
Scient
Quokka Sports
NBC
IBM
Metlife
AskJeeves.com
Geocities
MyDiscountBroker
7th Level
Rio Records
P7 Solutions
Rolling Stone Magazine
MTV
Southwest Securities
CBS
Broadcast.com
Pulse Entertainment
8 cylinder Studios
Mondo Media
EM Network
Acclaim Entertainment
9003
Paradigm Interactive
Alias/Wavefront

 

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