William Cottrell

All about design, web, and grad school

Month: April, 2012

Recent Travels

This past weekend I had the awesome opportunity of visiting several designers in D.C. with the OUMS group. We started our tour at NPR with David Wright and Max Pfennighaus, the lead interactive designers for NPR’s website. Both of these guys have done some impressive work, including a complete UX redesign of NPR’s live music page. 


These guys are my heroes of UX design and that’s all there is to it.

If seeing NPR wasn’t cool enough OUMS also stopped by Nat Geo, Nclud, and THE White House. It was interesting to see the different workspaces and attitudes of their designers. Nclud was very proud of their workspace and it reflected in the attitude of  their employees. They firmly believe that a positive clean environment leads to better results from their designers and that is absolutely true.

Nclud showed our group some of their recent work, one of the highlights being their “Beercamp 2012” flip book.


This entire project was built in CSS, and I can’t even begin to understand how to understand how they pulled it off. This site is so advanced that major web browsers are struggling to keep up with supporting it. 

It was a really inspiring to see these companies behind-the-scenes… Image


Mobile Fonts

Mobile Fonts

An article about the designer behind the mobile fonts used in Android and Windows devices.Very interesting.

Soul of Athens – day one

Every year the school of Viscom undertakes a very large collaborative project called “Soul of Athens.” This project is designed to capture the events that are relevant to the people of southeast Ohio. This year there are over ninety people contributing to this project skilled in photography, advertising, print design, journalism, development and web design. 

I’m fortunate to be part of Soul of Athens this year with the role of UX designer. Today was the design team’s first workday and I was responsible for helping to develop the strategy of the website. It’s a very rewarding experience to contribute to this project with my skills in UX and this only further inspires me to pursue user experience design after grad school.