This week’s employee spotlight is on Nick Johnson. Nick is the user experience lead on our design team. Ever wondered who designed our site? Well, that’s Nick and his team! They’ve designed everything from our website to our banner ads and even the user interface you all log into every day. Nick helps ensure that everything they create is easy to use, intuitive and of course nice to look at.
Let’s get to know Nick…
What website do you spend the most time on?
Grasshopper.com - oh wait, away from work? Probably Amazon.com - I'm a 'Prime' member and I am addicted to buying things with free shipping. I do most of my shopping on Amazon now. But as a UX guy, I spend a lot of time on a lot of sites so I should probably throw in TechCrunch, Lifehacker, TUAW, Smashing Magazine, Uncrate, Apartment Therapy, swissmiss, Hacker News, etc.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
For obvious reasons, I'd have the ability to plant and successfully grow money trees in my backyard. I feel like this would solve many of life's challenges.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
When companies create websites that suck just so they can say they have a website. You should at least buy a $20 template that has been designed by a professional (hit me up on twitter at @nickux if you need some direction on this) and for the love of god, do not use MS Word to make your website!
What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Donkey. Also, while I was traveling in Vietnam, I ate some meat (off a buffet) that the server at the restaurant didn't know what it was... so maybe that was the weirdest thing I have ever eaten? I have no idea.
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
In the spirit of honesty, and perhaps the expense of outrage, I've always wanted to go bow hunting.
Fun facts – have anything interesting people should know about you?
I lived in China for 2 years with my wife and 2 kids. I'm a redneck who loves big trucks and other redneck-type things. I have an amazing wife who somehow, for some crazy reason, loves me... and I love her back.
Stay tuned for next week's employee spotlight!