Thomas Winston Thorpe is a marketing and communications professional, user experience designer, user interface developer, project manager, mentor, and all around good guy living in Seattle with his better half and two neurotic cats.

A respected project manager with proven ability to take projects from concept to interactive reality. A talented designer and skilled developer who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get the job done. A savvy marketing professional with years of experience in branding, technical communications, and business analytics.


Associate Director, Web Development, University Marketing and Communications, University of Washington Seattle, Washington; 2016 — Present

Lead a team of Web developers who maintain the main University of Washington Web site, and several key UW Web properties. Publish and maintain a WordPress theme used by many departments on campus. Responsible for the infrastructure, architecture, and WordPress themes for the nearly 150 sites hosted by University Marketing and Communications. Hire and coordinate vendors, consultants, and freelancers. Act as an ambassador between the larger Web Team and the campus community by attending Web-related events and meetups, providing consulting services, offering training, and acting as an advocate for Web development on and off campus.

Assistant Director / Web Manager, Human Resources, University of Washington Seattle, Washington; 2013 — 2016

Lead a team of six including designers, developers, writers, and marketers to promote Human Resources information and events. Maintain existing HR Web sites and create new sites for programs. Lead team during overhaul of the 3,000+ HR Web site. Created new WordPress site for employee engagement program; created new PHP and MySQL application to track nominations for recognition awards that increased nominations by 25%. Mentor team on Web design, Web development, usability, accessibility, and content strategy. Worked with team to find new ways to promote information, programs, and events using both traditional and non-traditional marketing approaches. Helped team to increase reach on social media platforms by 15%. Set standards, and created and maintained policies and procedures for development efforts. Wrote and maintained clean, semantic markup for stand-alone Web sites and WordPress templates. Monitored and reported on Web analytics. Executed timely online communications and email campaigns.

  • Photo Database Intranet
  • The Whole U
  • (Personal) Staff Site
  • News and Notes Intranet

UI/UX Designer, Seattle, Washington; 2013 — 2013

Created the user experience and user interface of the next generation of products for an entertainment startup. Lead executive team through re-branding and product re-design efforts. Documented the experience through personas, information architecture diagrams, interaction maps, and wireframes to show functionality and interactivity. Created user interface designs to transform functionality requirements into a cohesive, branded experience. Set direction for front-end design and development. Worked closely with the development team to hand-off UX and UI documentation, requirements, and designs, as well as provided quality checks upon completion.

  • for Android
  • Brand Book
  • Interaction Maps
  • Wireframes

UX Designer / Developer, HasOffers Incorporated Seattle, Washington; 2012 — 2013

Created user experience flows, wireframes, and compositions for a series of affiliate marketing Web sites for a bootstrapped startup. Wrote, maintained, and debugged front-end code for Web and mobile Web products, including sites specifically designed for iOS devices. Created and executed front-end development guidelines and style guides. Created working documents, functional specifications and project plans to ensure that both design and development are not only in sync, but are also delivering on time. Maintained WordPress blogs and marketing Web sites.

  • HasOffers Main Web Site
  • HasOffers Affiliate Interface, Billing Section
  • HasOffers Affiliate Interface, Tools Section
  • HasOffers Affiliate Interface Interaction Maps
  • HasOffers Affiliate Interface Wireframes

Lead Web Designer, Groundspeak Incorporated Seattle, Washington; 2007 — 2012

Lead a team of front-end designers and developers working on a series of independently branded GPS–based gaming Web sites. Designed and maintained a consistent Web presence across all sites while addressing the unique design challenges of each site. Increased premium membership sales by 60% with calculated design changes. Set standards and practices for user experience design and front end development. Worked with team members to create, refine, and implement new designs and code for Web sites, marketing campaign Web sites, and banner advertisements. Ensured cross–browser compatibility, usability, and accessibility across all Web properties.

  • Geocaching System Status
  • Groundspeak Business Development
  • Geocaching Live
  • Geocaching
  • Geocaching Challenges
  • Garmin County Caching

Front–End Web Developer / Graphic Artist, Catalysis Corporation Seattle, Washington; 2006 — 2007

Worked directly with Microsoft employees and managers to create marketing campaigns for products and services. Successfully executed all enterprise-level Windows Vista marketing campaign designs. Worked on a wide variety of media from Web sites, CD/DVD kits to interactive presentations. Developed the front–end components of Web applications. Acted as a technical resource for team members by maintaining standards and instructing others in: HTML mark–up authoring, dynamic HTML implementation, information architecture, template design and implementation, development tools, and user experience. Lead implementation of customer graphic design and mark–up and developed supporting documentation including imaging and site guidelines. Worked with team members to research, refine, and create new user experience methodologies and technologies for application in Web development. Instructed employees, clients and contractors in Web graphic production standards and developed supporting documentation and final production check–lists.

  • Microsoft Xbox Admin Console
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Resource (DVD) Kit
  • Microsoft Dynamics Point of Sale
  • Microsoft Partner Program
  • Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server

Educational Consultant, Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, Maryland; 2002 — 2006

Created the Training and Development department for Loyola University Technology Services. Managed a team of staff members and student employees. Responsible for converting Web sites from a static Web server to a content management system. Trained end users to manage their new sites. Responsible for delivering technical training classes and developing training class curricula. Met with members of the university to identify training needs and develop training plans and schedules. Responsible for setting the direction for the university's approach to technical training, development of training curricula and delivery methods, including published material, Web-based offerings and other leading-edge approaches.

  • The Loyola MBA
  • The Sesquicentennial Celebration of Loyola College in Maryland
  • Loyola College in Maryland

Web Administrator, Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, Maryland; 2000 — 2002

Responsible for ongoing oversight of Web strategy and operations. Develop business plan and annual budget for Web-site function. Accountable for budget, staff planning, management, and product and service delivery. Oversee operational activities of the Web sites with specific attention aimed at content creation and Web-site maintenance.

Web Developer, Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, Maryland; 1997 — 2000

Created and maintained content, code, and design on internal- and external-facing sites. Reviewed content for accuracy and quality of information. Provided direction to writers and individuals responsible for converting text to Web pages. Participated in the implementation of new user interfaces and Web applications.


  • Seattle Fire Real-Time 911 (2013)
    • Seattle Real-Time 911
  • ISITaYES? (2013)
    • ISITaYES?
    • ISITaYES? Personas
    • ISITaYES? Interaction Maps
    • ISITaYES? Wireframes
  • Bracket's Mercantile (2013)
    • Bracket's Mercantile
  • VeloRacks (2012)
    • VeloRacks Web Site
    • VeloRacks for iPhone
  • Zaprica (2012)
    • Zaprica Teaser Site
    • Zaprica Interaction Maps
    • Zaprica Wireframes
  • Math 4 Kids (2010)
    • Math 4 Kids
  • Feng Shui Planner (2010)
    • Feng Shui Planner
  • Hotopp Associates Limited (2008)
    • Hotopp Associates
  • Sandlot Management Consuntancy (2006)
    • Sandlot Management Consultancy



User Centered Design

  • Heuristics
  • Personas
  • Interaction Charts
  • Information Architecture
  • Content Strategy
  • Wireframes
  • Creative Compositions

Development Skills

  • CSS / CSS3
  • Javascript / jQuery
  • / C#
  • PHP / MySQL
  • Usability
  • Accessibility
  • Semantic Coding
  • Responsive Design

Software Skills

  • Adobe Creative Suite / Cloud
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Balsamiq / Napkee
  • OmniGraffle
  • WordPress


  • Evergreen Apps Challenge Finalist for “VeloRacks” (2012)
  • Windows Phone 7 Showcase for “Geocaching Live” (2011)
  • Webby Award for “Geocaching iPhone Application” (2009)
  • Core Values Award, Loyola University Maryland (2003)
  • Student Employee of the Year, Loyola University Maryland (2000)
  • National Fellowship, US West Corporation (1999)


  • Notary Public (Commission Expires 2019)


“Thomas is a rare combination of awesome design, crisp, clean UX, great thought process and a fine ability to synthesis the thought process around product development. Give him an abstract product description and he will almost magically read your mind and produce UX flows and UI designs that you envisioned. His hard work, smart thinking and passion and dedication towards excellence in whatever he does makes him a very valuable contributor of the team. In addition to being technically brilliant, he is an exceptional people manager. Guiding, helping and mentoring his reports and team is second nature to him. It has been truly a pleasure to work with him and I hope to have more opportunities in the future.”

Nikhil Singhal, Vice President, Software Engineering, Groundspeak

“Thom is an extremely capable manager whose industry experience, technical proficiency, and design expertise make him an incredible resource. Thom is a meticulous designer with a proclivity toward cost-effective and customer-centric solutions. He has a keen understanding of how to match design principles with customer expectations and takes great care to ensure seamless user experiences across all web properties. Throughout the time we worked together, I was impressed by Thom’s generous and supportive nature; his continual mentorship was invaluable to my professional development. I would happily work with Thom again.”

Allison Urban, Front End Web Developer, Groundspeak

“Aside from an outstanding skill set, Thom’s greatest strengths are his ‘can do’ attitude and genuine pride in a job well done. He has a high level of patience blended with drive and enthusiasm. Thom gets the job done!”

Kendra Fuller, Director of Human Resources, Catalysis Corporation

“I have had the pleasure of working with Thom for the last 8 years. He is a dedicated professional and a hell of a good guy. Not to mention a patient trainer, a gifted web developer, and great project manager and the list could go on forever. I hope to work with [him] again in the future.”

James Van Houten, Sr. Network Security Engineer / Consultant, Loyola University Maryland