I'm Scott Kubie. I use writing, sketching, and editorial strategy to design digital products and experiences. I talk a lot and I write a lot. I'm trying to get better at both every day. I work for myself and on projects with my friends from my home of Des Moines, Iowa. I travel frequently to facilitate workshops and lead engaging lectures at conferences and conference rooms across the country.
Making things for and with computers has been part of of my life for a long time. I wrote my first stories on an old Apple IIE and designed my first interactions with the weird and wonderful HyperCard.
Not yet understanding lifelong interests in technology, stories, and the web for what they were, I accidentally majored in journalism. I made TV shows with my friends and took a lot of film classes, eventually collecting a B.A. from Drake University in 2006.
In past lives, I've led a music advocacy non-profit, produced videos for bands and lawyers (separately, of course), operated a creative hackerspace of sorts, helped start a pop-up market, and entertained taxi drivers and security guards as an overnight rock radio DJ.
Beginning in 2009, I learned to describe the things I already liked to do with phrases like "user experience design" and "information architecture" after joining a mobile app startup called BitMethod. I worked with one developer and one designer to conceive and build iOS and Android applications for ourselves and for clients. I also helped author and lead workshops on mobile design and UX, produced 40-odd episodes of a weekly design podcast, and wrote fun stuff like the Field Guide to Modern Business. They fired me in December 2011, which sucked. I then turned my experiences into a social media résumé that went viral and got me hired. I then spent just shy of three years building a content strategy practice within a 500-person technology company as part of a larger UX team.
Current hobbies include playing music with friends and buying and selling vintage men's clothing.
When I grow up, I want to be a Ghostbuster.