I'M A DESIGNER AND CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIST

I LOVE TO DESIGN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES FOR PEOPLE

MY PHD RESEARCH EXPLORES METHODS FOR HELPING PEOPLE LEARN HOW TO DRAW AND BE MORE CREATIVE USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

PUBLICATIONS

ZenSketch: A Sketch-Based Game for Improving Line Work
Blake Williford, Matthew Runyon, Adil Hamid Malla, Wayne Li, Julie Linsey, Tracy Hammond

CHI Play 2017 Student Game Competition

Collaborative Live Media Curation: Shared Context for Participation in Online Learning
Bill Hamilton, Nic Lupfer, Nicholas Botello, Tyler Tesch, Alex Stacy, Jeremy Merrill, Blake Williford, Frank Bentley, Andruid Kerne

CHI 2018

Conquering the Cube – Learning to Sketch Primitives in Perspective with an Intelligent Tutoring System
Swarna Keshavabhotla, Blake Williford, Shalini Kumar, Ethan Hilton, Wayne Li, Tracy Hammond and Julie Linsey

Expressive (SBIM) 2017

SketchTivity: Improving Creativity by Learning Sketching with an Intelligent Tutoring System
Blake Williford

Creativity and Cognition 2017 Doctoral Consortium

Everyone Can Sketch: Reviving Hand-drawn Sketching with an Intelligent Tutoring System
Blake Williford, Wayne Li, Ethan Hilton, Julie Linsey, Tracy Hammond

SketchingDIS: Hand-drawn Sketching in HCI workshop at Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS 2017)

It’s Not Just About Accuracy: Metrics That Matter When Measuring Expert Sketching Ability
Tracy Hammond, Shalini Kumar, Matthew Runyon, Josh Cherian, Blake Williford, Swarna Keshavabhotla, Wayne Li, Tracy Hammond, Julie Linsey

TiiS Intelligent Systems Journal Paper (Accepted)

Consistently Evaluating Sketching Ability in Engineering Curriculum
Ethan Hilton, Blake Williford, Wayne Li, Erin McTigue, Tracy Hammond and Julie Linsey

IDCC 2016

PerSketchTivity – An Intelligent Pen-Based Educational Application for Design Sketching Instruction
Blake Williford, Paul Taele, Trevor Nelligan, Wayne Li, Dr. Julie Linsey, Dr. Tracy Hammond

Revolutionizing Education with Digital Ink 2016

SketchMaster – Education for the Conceptual Age
Master’s Thesis

2015

I LOVE TO SKETCH.
HERE'S A SMALL COLLECTION OF MY ILLUSTRATIONS

I'M A BRIDGE BETWEEN
DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

I'm a multi-disciplinary creative professional and researcher that's passionate about designing and building interactive experiences that empower people.

I have been making clients and employers happy for 8 years with top-notch design solutions, clear communication, and leadership.

My research is at the crossroads of HCI and AI, with applications in educational technology, pen-and-stylus based interfaces, and serious games. I’m passionate about designing and building software that helps people learn, grow, and become more creative. Technology can vastly accelerate learning and empower people to learn at their own pace.

When I’m not absorbed in design, development, or research, I am likely playing music, traveling, or playing video games – A great source of design inspiration.

CV

SPECIALIZATIONS

Pen and Stylus-based UI / UX
Sketch Recognition
Educational Technology
Educational Games
Creativity Support

SKILLS

Design
  • Sketching
  • Wireframing
  • Storyboarding
  • Prototyping
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Animation
  • 3D Modeling
  • Information Architecture
  • Information Visualization
Development
  • JS
  • JQuery
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • C#
  • Java
  • Python
Research
  • Semi-structured Interviews
  • Ethnography
  • Personas
  • Heuristic Evaluations
  • Experience Mapping
  • Usability Testing
  • Survey Design
Software
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Animate
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Pro
  • Unity
  • Sketch
  • Axure RP
  • Solidworks
  • Omnigraffle
  • Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Office Suite

AWARDS

CHI Play 2017 Student Game Design Competition
1st Place
Tapia 2017 Student Research Competition
2nd Place

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Computer Science
Texas A&M University
2016 – PRESENT
M.S. Human-Computer Interaction
Georgia Institute of Technology
2013 – 2015
B.S. Industrial Design
Georgia Institute of Technology
2007 – 2011

EXPERIENCE

Blake Williford Design
Freelance Designer
2010 – PRESENT

Freelance UI / UX design, front-end development, branding, and illustration services with 8 years of experience working on projects for more than 30 clients ranging from individuals to startups and mid-sized companies.

Honed skills as a highly effective communicator, leader, and facilitator of consistently successful design solutions.

Texas A&M University
Graduate Research Assistant
2016 – PRESENT

Research under Dr. Tracy Hammond in the Sketch Recognition Lab is primarily related to intelligent educational software and serious games. I lead the design and development of “SketchTivity” an educational platform for teaching the fundamentals of design sketching and improving creativity in people.

I also provide design and front-end development assistance with an intelligent educational software called "Mechanix" which is for teaching freebody diagrams.

Fjord
Interaction Designer
2015 – 2016

Collaborated on several client projects for the Atlanta studio of this service design firm. Work involved research, interviews, journey mapping, persona creation, sketching, wireframing, prototyping and visual design. Projects included a mortgage buying application for a major financial institution, a report outage experience for a utility company, and a booking experience for a luxury cruiseline.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Graduate Teaching Assistant
2015

Assisted sophomore undergrad Industrial Design students in their main studio course. Responsibilities included helping them with research, ideation, giving them constructive feedback, and grading. Used my knowledge and experience to ensure they get in to good habits, break bad habits, and are dedicated to process.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Graduate Research Assistant
2014

Performed research in the area of advancing spatial reasoning and creative skills in engineers through learning sketching – Specifically by using educational software. Closely related to my Master’s Thesis and PhD dissertation.

StubHub / eBay
UX Designer Intern
2014

Hybrid UX Designer role in which I designed and prototyped a new profile system concept for StubHub users called “My Hub”.

Worked closely with a Project Manager intern to conceptualize a site-wide personalization framework, with the goal of making StubHub a more personally catered experience for event discovery and planning.

Assisted UX team on several projects related to the responsive redesign of StubHub website by exploring page designs with sketches, wireframes, and prototypes.

THINK Interactive
UX Designer
2013 – 2014

Assisted UX team in the design of two responsive websites for national brands during a 3-month contract position with information architecture, wireframes, task-flows, and sitemaps.

Cardinal Web Solutions
UI / Visual Designer
2012 – 2013

Led the design services of this growing digital agency as their first in-house designer.

Rebranded the company and its entire physical and digital presence, leading to a more clear, concise, and cohesive brand identity.

Directed a wide variety of projects for local and national clients involving responsive web design, mobile site/app design, graphic design, and branding during a time in which the company tripled in size.

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Cooper Lighting
Industrial Design Intern
2011

Supported design team and worked on a variety of commercial LED lighting products. Developed concepts for a family of products for InVue, re-imagining their high-end outdoor lighting brand.

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Currently looking for an internship or contract work for Summer 2018