overdesigned Portfolio

I’m Adam: a UX designer and iOS developer living in California. I make apps for complex domains: AI, robotics, education. I also made a neat little app called Cheatsheet. Here is some of my work.

Kamigami iOS • 2015–2016

Kamigami are the world’s first lightning-fast, build-it-yourself origami robots.

Kamigami are speedy, insect-inspired robots for kids and adults. I designed and built the iPhone and iPad apps (App Store) for controlling the robot via Bluetooth LE. See them in action here.

The app’s kid-friendly visual programming interface allowed children as young as 8 to make their own interactive games with their robots and won praise from kids, parents, and educators alike.

Photo of a Kamigami robot kit.
Screenshot of Dash app scanning for robots

Kamigami 2 iOS/Android • 2017

Kamigami reimagined as fast-paced, battling robots made by Mattel.

Kamigami Robots were relaunched as a Mattel product with a new design and some crazy TV ads.

I designed and built the rebranded Kamigami Controller app for iOS (App Store), supervised development of the Android app (Play Store), and designed a privacy-focused sync and analytics backend. I worked with a contractor to create a new, cross-platform visual programming interface, which went from sketches to spec to implementation in HTML and JavaScript in less than a month.

Photo of a Dash robot in the palm of a hand.
Screenshot of Kamigami v2

Kamigami Jurassic World iOS/Android • 2018

Build, code, and evolve your own walking dinosaur toy.

Mattel expanded the Kamigami brand with a pair of Jurassic World-branded walking dinosaur robots. I led the redesign of the Kamigami apps (App Store, Play Store) for the new toys, including the addition of coding and racing challenges.

With this new robot, we emphasized personality and physical interaction: e.g., the dinosaur would purr if patted on the head or scream if knocked over. By completing the “Evolve” code challenges, kids could customize and create new behaviors

Photo of a Dash robot in the palm of a hand.
Screenshot of Kamigami v2

Cheatsheet iOS • 2014–present

An app for the little things you never remember. Look them up instantly with the Cheatsheet Today Widget.

Write down the little things you always forget: hotel rooms, license plates, luggage combination, employee ID number. With Cheatsheet, there’s no more fumbling to unlock your phone and find your notes app; it’s as easy as pulling down Notification Center.

I made the initial Cheatsheet iPhone/iPad app over a long weekend in September 2014. Since then, it’s had more than 250,000 downloads and earned a 4.8-star rating in the App Store. For Cheatsheet 2.0 in April 2015, I added a custom keyboard and an Apple Watch app.

Cheatsheet in the App Store
Screenshot of Cheatsheet app

Perls iPhone • 2014–15

A pervasive learning platform that uses your interests and your context to suggest the best lesson to learn right now.

Perls is a context-aware education platform with a mobile-first learning experience. Based on a user’s learning goals and habits, plus their current activity, schedule, and location, Perls recommends lessons and helps the user develop positive learning strategies.

I was the design lead and iPhone developer for the Perls prototype. The production-ready version of Perls is scheduled to be deployed to the US Army in 2020.

Screenshot of Perls

Inquire Biology iPad • 2010–12

An intelligent textbook that answers students’ questions, engages their interest, and improves their understanding.

Inquire was a research project combining a question-answering AI with an AP Biology textbook. In a 2012 evaluation, students using Inquire received higher test scores than those without Inquire. They also begged to take it home to study for exams.

I was product manager for a team of ten developers, researchers, and educators, as well as designer and developer of the iPad app. I later helped create an award-winning video and the project website.

Screenshot of Inquire

Warrior Web iPad • 2014

A lightweight, powered exosuit for the soldier of the future. Monitor and tune performance in real-time with the WarriorWeb app.

Mockup of a WarriorWeb suit.

The WarriorWeb program envisions a soft, flexible exosuit that redistributes the wearer’s weight and augments their physical abilities. I built SRI’s WarriorWeb iPad app, which uses Bluetooth LE to provide live data monitoring and control for the exosuit.

Screenshot of WarriorWeb app

About

I’m Adam and I make things.

I like to take projects from concept to design to working product. I think fast, talk loud, iterate quickly, and enjoy a challenge. I dislike narrowly-defined roles, slow turn-around times, and small ideas.

software product lead
Dash Robotics (robot toy startup)

interaction designer
SRI (research institute)

master of human-computer interaction
Carnegie Mellon University

software engineer
Hart Tech (defense contractor)

B.S. in computer science
Washington & Lee University