Stuart Silverstein Experience Strategist/Designer

About

I am a bit process and strategy nut who loves solving big design problems in an iterative and systematic fashion.

My background is in creative, progressing from Print to Web to Brand Development, Marketing, Coding, and finally in my current home of UX Design and Strategy. A while ago, I quit becoming obsessed with messaging and brand development and became obsessed with creating applications based on my innate desire to systemize everything, making sure every detail of the system is accounted for. My obsessiveness with optimization and systemization has translated into design that balances the need to maximize efficiency, brutal simplicity for task oriented behaviour and engagement for content consumption.

I ran my own agency for from 2003-2011, and have been doing consulting since 2011 for several agencies and product side. In addition, I am a contributor to several publications including Smashing Magazine, and UX booth, as well as a speaker on UX strategy, for Interactive and e-Commerce events.

Currently, I am really excited about AR,voice interfaces and connecting all the dots of the User Experience. In my role of Director of Experience at REX Real Estate, we are building out the next generation of real estate experience beyond the MLS.

A few other things about me:

  • I cringe at the phrase, “That’s the way we’ve always done it.”
  • I know a little about a lot of things, but I am really good at connecting the dots.
  • I believe in the power of design and technology to change the world.
  • I believe God is the source of all strength.
  • I have a Chinese daughter I am extremely proud of (pictured right)
  • I am an avid yogi more than 25 years of practice

Praise

“Stuart has been a trusted senior UX partner for us for many many years and is a fan favorite around here by all! Definitely be sure to keep him in mind for any freelance needs that come up. He is the best best best! ”

—Elizabeth Smith | Director of Operations, Blitz/AMP Agency

“Stuart is a tireless and creative user experience designer. He is thorough in his approach and his energy and enthusiasm is infectious. The entire team rallied around him and was inspired by his insights and motivation.”

—Dena Siegal, VP of UX, Take Part

“Stuart is one of the most gifted user experience designers that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. His breadth of knowledge, and ability to examine problems from multiple perspectives made him an extremely valuable asset to the team... I cannot recommend him enough.”

—Ernest Li, UX Designer, Hulu

“I really don't know how he does it but they guy has ideas oozing out of his head non stop. He is a delight to work with, full of integrity and makes even the most boring tasks fun.”

—Peleg Top, Design Author/ Speaker

“Stuart is an exceptional user experience lead. He consistently delivers thinking above and beyond what is asked of him, with thoroughly thought out solutions that suprise and delight. He brings a wealth of experience with him, and he will raise your expectations of what to expect from UX.”

—Charles Truett, Creative Director, Heartbeat Ideas

“Stuart has a creative approach to user experience and is also a production master. He understands each step of the process and he has lots of ideas about how to keep improving. He’d be an asset to any organization that is trying to advance its UX strategy and practices.”

—Carolyn Gawkowski, Senior UX Lead, NFL