By day I am a digital product consultant who specializes in product management, user experience design, and brand identity.
I was raised in New York, hold a BFA in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute, and currently reside in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood.
I cut my teeth in the early aughts hand-coding websites for artists, writers, and musicians in my free time while also working for Apple. At Apple, I was responsible to managing a team of ‘Creatives’ who taught people how to use computers, as well as conducting those sessions myself. A role that amounted to thousands of hours of hands-on software instruction, testing, and research, which inspired me to pursue a career in software.
In 2013 I joined ActiveCampaign as employee #10 and served as the company’s first product manager. While there I worked on all areas of the company’s business and helped conceptualization the company’s flagship automation builder; a tool which disrupted an industry and has been broadly copied since. I also established and defined the company’s brand and marketing voice, reimagined the company email marketing tools, revamped its sales reporting, managed and maintained the localization of the company platform in 15 different languages, and oversaw the design and creation of the company’s first mobile applications. I left the company in late 2018 to get married, travel, and return to consulting.
Outside of tech I serve as President of the Board and principal graphic designer for Midsommer Flight, a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to making the work of William Shakespeare available throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods, and is an 18 Coffees Community Partner.
My clients have included: The Chicago Tribune, Mercedes Benz, Apple, Global Delight, Sprout Social, Digital Bootcamp, Jamf, .Net Magazine, An Event Apart, Happy Cog Studios, MyWifi Networks, Bright Bright Great, and others.
I can be reached via email: john [at] subism [dot] com and work samples are available on request.
You can follow me on Twitter, where I mostly rant about design trends, punk rock, Chicago, and Marvel comics.