My name is Eric Knudtson and I am a UX Design Technologist. This means that I'm a designer who helps design teams get more done with code.
Today I work at GE Digital, where I help architect and develop Predix UI, the design system for the Industrial Internet.
Previous to GE, I co-founded a startup named Chef Surfing which operated from 2011 to 2013. Ultimately we "failed fast", which is why you probably never heard of us, but along the journey we signed up over 1,000 chefs to deliver amazing catered experiences to customers around the world. Our well-funded competitors also had to shut down, eventually. Maybe we were all just a little ahead of the curve?
Before catching the startup bug, I led a digital agency focused on the snowboard and consumer goods industry. From 2007 to 2011 we worked with brands such as Nitro Snowboards, Coal Headwear, and Union Binding Company. We did soup-to-nuts web design and development, including bespoke e-commerce software. Every one of our clients came to us via word-of-mouth recommendations and most were repeat (some for all 5 years).
From 2002 to 2006 I worked with the Microsoft Games and Xbox.com teams. We made really cool microsites for Windows games using Adobe Flash. Remember Flash? On the Xbox.com team I designed mountains of web pages, graphics and animations to promote Xbox games. We also redesigned the site twice. It was great to help Microsoft enter the video game console business as a challenger, and win.
I started my career at Northwave Snowbaords in 2001. In just a few months I designed, developed and launched websites for their three snowboard brands. To date, this was my most fun working experience because everyone at the company made an extra effort to get up to the mountains during the winter.
I studied Visual Communication and Web Design at the Art Institute of Seattle. I've been a self-taught programmer since middle-school. I decided to become a designer at age 15, shortly after discovering Emigre Magazine.
Over my career I have been privileged to work with and learn from the best. It has been a lot of fun, too. I can't wait to see what comes next.