Product strategy, user research, interaction design, visual design & illustration

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DogVacay is the ‘Airbnb for pets’: a marketplace for pet owners to find trustworthy, independent sitters. In 2014, the team began a major brand refresh, and I joined to help define that visual language for their digital products, work on a responsive website redesign, and create new tools for helping pet sitters run their businesses.

Our small design team rolled out new branding and UI guidelines as well as usability-focused improvements to major pieces of the DogVacay experience for both owners and sitters. We began building responsive updates to the site far ahead of schedule, shipped major improvements to the DogVacay app for iPhone, and launched their first Android app.

DogVacay was acquired by in 2017.

Awards: 2016 Webby Award: Best Web Services & Applications

Finding a DogVacay sitter on mobile
Booking an overnight stay on DogVacay's mobile app
Searching for a DogVacay sitter on desktop and mobile web
DogVacay host dashboard on desktop

John's a thorough communicator and never lacks vision. He's always reading up on the latest technology, he works seamlessly with developers and product teams, and will hold process to the highest standards. He's reliable, reasonable and overall a joy to work with.

Elaine Chernov, Art Director @ DogVacay


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