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ROBERT ECKHARDT

product designer, digital

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  • If you want to be interesting, be interested.”

    —David Oglivy
  • Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well dressed. Elegance is refusal.”

    —Diana Vreeland
  • Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.”

    —Dieter Rams
  • A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

    —Yoko Ono
  • Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”

    —Frida Khalo
  • Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works.”

    —Steve Jobs
  • Everyone has to make their own decisions. I still believe in that. You just have to be able to accept the consequences without complaining.”

    —Grace Jones
  • The real questions are: Does it solve a problem? Is it serviceable?”

    —Charles Eames
  • In order to keep anything cultural, logical, or ideological, you have to reinvent the reality of it.”

    —Ani Difranco
  • I've always believed that you can think positive just as well as you can think negative.”

    —James A. Baldwin
  • If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.”

    —Mary Kay Ash
  • I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”

    —E.B. White

portfolio

testimonials

Mia Detoni

Robert was the Creative Director on a fantastic team, wherein I was the Account Director. Robert was a partner in the truest sense of the word. He is a strategic Creative Director who drives the “big picture,” not only leading “cutting edge” thought and ideation within the digital world, he is tapped into the clients' industry, at a profound level, as well. To this day, if I want a brilliant idea for a client, I think of Robert.

—Mia Dentoni, Account Director, Digital Communications

Brian MacKay

I was fortunate enough to work with Robert on a number of projects during my time at Threespot. On every project Robert always lead the creative team to produce excellent designs and user experiences. Robert has an amazing sense of good design, especially within the digital realm. It was a pleasure working with Robert and I highly recommend him for a Creative Director or any similar position.

—Brian MacKay, Senior Digital Project Manager at Beyond

Brian MacKay

Sometimes it's simpatico, Partner in Creative, but mostly, peas in a pod. Together, we create and build amazing products. The future is wide open in potential for what we can build together. I've never met a designer as brilliant, respectful, dedicated, holds the visions, and builds collaboratively. He supports my strengths. He is wonderful.

—Tova Katz, Senior Branding UX/Tech Writer/Content Strategist/Senior Copywriter/Builder

Mia Detoni

Bob was a great team member to work with at the NFL. He led projects collaborating with many departments including client services, research, product and creative teams to uncover how we could better enhance the fan experience. He is incredibly passionate, reliable and a great big-picture thinker - a pleasure to work with!

—Teresa Rader, Senior Account Manager at NFL

Brian MacKay

Robert advised me on the process and technical details of transitioning the online journal for which I serve as editor from a static to a dynamic website. He analyzed the site's content, determined the templates necessary for achieving an efficient transition, designed the templates, developed the accompanying style sheets, and provided a two-issue sample of the final look and feel of the site. He also designed and produced the online version of another print publication for which I served as editor. The results were attractive sites that had a simple but innovative interface, giving the content a big boost through the overall contemporary look and feel they offered users.

—Jeff Selleck, Technical Writer-Editor at National Park Service

Brian MacKay

Bob helped me design my website - twice: the first time in 2000, while he was a senior designer at Dennis/Konetzka; the second time, in 2008, when he was at "self-employed." Bob is a great designer - one need only look at his business card to know - There is a square cut out of the middle. He was able to turn my words into a digital space. The first site is now a link in the newer site. He made a clear, very beautiful interface, which I still enjoy (though, Bob, I need some help updating!). Bob is funny and fun to work with. He deserves everything and more.

—Judy Seligson, Solo Painting Exhibition-NYC

clients

NFL
NPS
NATGEO
disney
AOL
WMATA
PEACE
FWS
Kennedy
Brookings
Aspen
NATAC

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Hi, I’m Bob.

I have 10+ years of experience designing digital products. I have been called a designer, a creative director, an experience director, a UX lead, a thought leader, and a product designer. I am all those and more. I consider myself a holistic product designer who works in the digital medium of code, data stores, servers, and networks. I use knowledge, data, and qualitative insights along with nuanced thinking and empathy for users to solve strategic digital product challenges, ensuring that stakeholder goals and expectations are not only met but exceeded.

skills

  • Creative Direction
  • Managing and Mentoring
  • Client Relations
  • Business Development
  • User Experience
  • Executive Presentation
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • User Research
  • Information and Data Curator
  • Axure / Sketch / Adobe
  • CSS / HTML / Javascript
  • Mac / Windows

resume

10+ years of professional experience in digital product design for global and national Entertainment, Advertisement, Non-profits, Education, and Government clients.

BA, Graphic Design, American University