I like user research.

I like to collaborate.
I like design.

There, I said it.

It is true, I am a designer. But what you should know about me is that I prefer to spend my time in the Discover and Define phases of a project as much as I do in the Design phase. This should be evident in the Case Studies here.

Currently I play Senior Art Director at the Library of Congress on the UX Web team, where I set creative guidelines and standards for the Library’s web properties.

There's a lot to tell. Ask me.

Before the Library I was consulting in the UX trenches for Sapient where I played Information Architect, Art Director, Creative Lead, visual designer or UX Lead — depending on what the contract required.

Alot happened there.
Not everything was my fault.

The decade before that spent in advertising agencies gave me thick skin, good design sense, creative management skills and the constant collaboration made for an easy transition into UX for me.

Don't ask... what happens in advertising stays in advertising. Good stories for sure.

If you want to connect with me you can find me on Linked-In or just email me at


Stephen holds a Master of Design degree in User-Centered Design Planning from the Institute of Design, IIT in Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising from VCU.

Disclaimer: Unfortunately some of the government projects cannot be displayed here in a portfolio website, but I'd be happy to show you in person if you like.