I make things with pixels

Hey, I'm Tom Johnson. I’m a Nashville based web, interaction, UX, and product designer. Currently I work at Asurion in Nashville, where I design a service to deliver replacement phones the same day of a claim, with a real person there to help set it up. I also work on the Asurion global patterns library team.

Slightly more about me

I design these

  • Websites

  • Mobile Apps

  • Enterprise Software

  • Ecommerce Sites

  • Prototypes

  • Interactions

I've worked with

But I mostly work with startups, individuals, and local businesses. How much work did I do for the big names I just listed? A few project here and there, but let's just say I don't have Sergie's personal cell number. You wouldn't recognize if I had the logo for Associated Luxury Hotels, Beyond Tells, Bow Bam, or ServeCo International, would you?

Anyhow, I'm currently accepting new clients for app, web, interaction, and digital product design. I'm happy to chat more if you have anything you'd like to have me help with.

Work examples and such

Things that move

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This was made to emulate the specs found in Material Design. Turns out, though, that the darn thing was just a fun Google concept with no actual reference-able code. It's fun though.

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Made this bad boy in Principle. Yeah. If you don't use Principle, that's just an "ohhhhhhkay?", but if you use Principle, that's more like a "uuuuwhaaaAA???" Amirite?

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This is a REAAAALLY dumbed down demo of a state-based rules engine. No, seriously. Took like 2 years to figure out this idea. Trust me, it was awesome. To bad it'll never be built...

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Just a template of the Material Design bottom navigation.

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A lil interaction for when all of your notifications have been dismissed. Always thought it would go well with a tiny *ding* sound.

Words and thoughts

Apr 2018 • 4 part series

Design and build your agency website

I built an agency website in Webflow. I used minimal classes, flexbox, the CMS, and the API to create it. In this four-part series, I’ll give you tips about using each, and how to get started.

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May 24, 2017 • 14 Min Read

You are going to switch to Figma

I’ve read a lot of comparison articles about the two, but I don’t think they really do Figma justice. Some of them briefly mention the team features, the browserness, the components, and constraints, but they don’t really focus on how they’re better than versions in Sketch. At best, they make it seem like both are about the same. The reason I’m writing this is because they’re not.

For all of these reasons
Jan 12, 2017 • 5 Min Read

Designers are full of bad ideas

All of my ideas are bad. Every. Single. One. And yet, I still keep having them. My brain is chalked full of inconsistencies, inaccuracies, & incomprehensible iterations of interactions. I stonewall good decisions and necessary processes, spout nonsensical thoughts while opining about the obscure, and pontificate...

See my bad ideas
Jan 12, 2017 • 5 Min Read

There are no UX best practices

Recently I downloaded Goldstar on my iPad. It’s a ticket buying app, similar to stubhub or ticketmaster. This is the first screen I saw:I looked for a ‘skip’ button or some other way that I could use the app without actually having to create an account. Maybe there was a subtle arrow or a ‘no thanks’, ‘remind me later’, or a ‘show me the tix’ button?

Unlearn your "best practices"
Jul 27, 2016 • 5 Min Read

Nothing is intuitive

“We need to make it more intuitive”“That’s not intuitive”“Our primary goal is that it be intuitive”…stop. Please. Almost every design discussion I’ve had lately has had one of these quotes. I hear it from clients, large corporations, key stakeholders, developers, other designers, managers, interns, and ESPECIALLY entrepreneurs.

THis button sure isn't intuitive
Jul 30, 2015 • 6 Min Read

Grandma is a user too

About a month ago, I was at a Wendy’s while on vacation in Wisconsin. Work could not be further from my mind, as all my attention was on the tower of beef-n-cheese melty goodness that I had just sat down to eat. I was all-consumed in my beefy effort when, planning and debating on the next bite, when, to my great distress, I noticed a little drama going on in the corner of my eye. A little old lady was trying to get a coke.

She wants you to read this and then call her

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