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Highlights

Veteran executive producer, creative director and program manager working in emerging technologies and applications. Likes to push both creative and technical boundaries, working end-to-end to create engaging user experiences. Experienced with managing teams, budgets, specifications, schedules, clients, and creative people. Successfully shipped a variety of hardware and software prototypes, videos, web sites, applications, and computer games. Award-winning Flash animator and director; author and contributor to several technology books on Flash and streaming media. Expert team wrangler, client smoother, cross-group problem solver. Adept in standard management and content creation software including Adobe Creative Suite, Office.

Specialties: experience and UI design, creative direction, prototyping, program management, 2D animation, presentation design, storytelling, identifying and interpreting future trends.

Professional Experience

2013 – present
Creative Director, Consumer Engagement Concept Lab, Amazon
As a principal design leader at the company, lead ideation, prototyping, and articulate north star vision for future retail user experiences spanning product categories, devices, input/output modalities, and services. Identify new user experience opportunities that solve real problems or open up new vistas; map out exploration plans; partner with user researchers, prototypers, designers, and business owners to learn by building; create and communicate long-term vision and break out feasible roadmap to get there, while delivering value in the near-term. Transfer concepts and technology to production teams who deliver to customers at scale. Generate IP and co-write patents; lead organization of Amazon’s annual design conference; lead ideation activities for other groups including fashion, hardware, fulfillment, mobile, home. Storyboarding, wireframing, interactive prototyping, motion design, UI design, video production.

2009 – 2013
Director, Executive Speech Program, Advanced Strategy & Policy, Microsoft Corporation
Was responsible for all presentation content and execution for Microsoft’s Senior Advisor to the CEO, Craig Mundie (formerly Chief Research & Strategy Officer). Helped tell credible stories about the future of computing. Pitched concepts to executives, worked closely with subject matter experts, wrote scripts, created motion graphics, video, narrative flow; wrangled researchers and demo content; directed designers and editors; collaborated with PR, marketing, communications, and product groups across the company. Developed talking points and content for topics including natural user interfaces (NUI), big data, machine learning, cloud computing, healthcare, education, privacy, cybersecurity, quantum computing, future technology impacts to business and policy. Contributed to strategic papers on NUI, dynamic spectrum, quantum computing, secure data sharing, and others. Official reviewer for papers in the NUI category of Microsoft ThinkWeek. Frequent travel worldwide to oversee all aspects of Mr. Mundie’s speaking engagements.

2006 – 2009
Senior Program Manager, Strategic Prototyping Group, Microsoft Corporation
Led the creation of software and hardware prototypes of future technology scenarios from concept to design to delivery. Led ideation and brainstorming, scenario development, oversaw UX, UI, and hardware design, problem-solved with software developers and fabricators. Created a variety of prototypes that informed and influenced internal product thinking and external attitudes, spanning the company’s full portfolio of products and services. Concepts and technologies included geospatial mapping, augmented reality, wayfinding, visual search, blended reality, multimodal interfaces, environmental modeling, social networking in a crisis, outbreak management, automated medical diagnostics, avatars, robotics, data visualization and analytics, machine learning, machine vision, telepresence, predictive systems, context and intent modeling, sustainable energy, retail, supply chain management. Worked with researchers and experts around the world to translate research concepts and technologies into relevant, concrete future scenarios. Five patents filed, 2 granted.

2005 – 2006
Group Manager, Office Online, Microsoft Corporation
Directed the design and publishing group (35+) for Office Online (office.microsoft.com). Responsible for the teams that delivered templates, clip art, downloads, editorial programming, site management, and visual/interactive design.

2002 – 2005
Lead Site Manager, Office Online, Microsoft Corporation
Led a team of site managers for the U.S. Office Online Homepage, Downloads, Assistance, product/server portals, with over 50M unique users a month. Daily publishing, established editorial policies for the Office Online network, ran the editorial calendar, programmed campaigns, performed metrics analysis, and managed many stakeholders across the company from marketing, product teams, site development, program management, user assistance, branding, and international. Led the Office 12 redesign team for Office Online and worked with design, PM, Dev, and Test to deliver next-generation features, tools, and information architecture.

2001 – 2002
VP of Products, Ads.com, Inc.
Designed and launched two major Web sites with aggressive development cycles: a subscription-based media database for advertising professionals, and a consumer portal for watching and rating television ads, built with Oracle and Java servlets. Hired development, editorial, and production teams and personally oversaw all aspects of development, production, and management including product design, hosting solutions and hardware architecture, metadata acquisition, video encoding, content delivery, user interface and graphic design, programming, editorial content and publishing, budgeting, scheduling. Assisted with business development, sales, and marketing.

1998 – 2001
Creative Director and VP of Content, Honkworm International, Inc.
Director of the award-winning “FishBar” series, which appeared on MTV’s Cartoon Sushi and Sundance. Animator and director of over 30 animated episodes for the Web. Founding employee – developed production methods, implemented authoring and delivery tools, did character design, scriptwriting, storyboarding, art, and animation for streaming media. Advised on new technologies, managed the creative department, interfaced with clients and made sales pitches, coordinated with third party developers, writers, and artists. Co-authored a white paper on wireless messaging and entertainment.

1997 – 2001
Sole proprietor, T-minus Design + Consulting
Projects included Web site development, due diligence research and consulting for VCs, online courseware development, project design and specifications for Web applications, project design and consulting for the “X-Files” game on Sony PlayStation, white paper on ISP trends in the US, Flash animation.

1994 – 1997
Producer and Executive Producer, Zombie Studios
Shipped 5 games in addition to other projects. Provided game and UI design, assorted multimedia and video production, prepped CD masters for duplication, led teams of 2D/3D artists and programmers, coordinated with third party developers, maintained relationships with clients and publishers, pitched new game concepts, managed budgets of $1M +. Producer and exec producer for real-time 3D games, exec producer for Disney Cyberspace Mountain VR ride, designer/producer of first VR sports game designed for head-mounted displays.

1994
Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle. Director of Promotions and Guest Curator.

1991-1993
AIDS Education & Training Center, University of Washington, Seattle. Program Coordinator.

1988-1991 Department of Mathematics, University of Washington, Seattle.
Teacher’s Assistant/Lecturer.


Education

1989 – 1991. Graduate studies in pure and applied mathematics, University of Washington, Seattle

1989. Bachelor of Science, Pure Mathematics, University of Washington, Seattle


Boards and volunteer activities

King County 4Culture Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC)
Advisory Committee member, February 2016 – present

WorldChanging
Board of Directors, 2010 – 2011

Bellevue Community College Digital Media Arts
Advisory Board Member, 2002 – 2011

Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)
Board of Directors, 1998 – 2001


Patents

Multimodal Input System
Issued May 24 2016, US 9,348,417

Augmenting a Field of View
Issued January 27 2015, US 8943420

Assigning Gesture Dictionaries
Issued January 14 2014, US 8,631,355

Display Screen or Portion Thereof with an Animated Graphical User Interface
Issued July 12 2016, US D761300

Display Screen or Portion Thereof with an Animated Graphical User Interface
Issued July 19 2016, US D761845

Display Screen or Portion Thereof with an Animated Graphical User Interface
Issued June 28 2016, US D760274

Real-Time Adaptive Output
Filed November 1 2010, US 20120109868

Implicit Product Placement Leveraging Identified User Ambitions
Filed June 26 2009, US 20100332496

User Selectable Advertising Networks
Filed June 25 2009, US 20100332313


Selected Press, Exhibitions, Presentations, and Awards

Contact

janetgalore (at) live dot com