Randy, for 20 years, has advocated the importance of empathy in product design. With ambition and the desire to help others succeed. Randy founded his first business in 2013, receiving venture capital and notoriety for his vision in the local merchant space. As an aspiring thought leader and aspiring angel investor. Randy has spoken on UX/UI and entrepreneurship as a panelist at Research Park - University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Mobile Development Day, Tribeca Flashpoint, and Technori. In his new venture, 5ivehat Digital UX Agency. Randy has refocused his methods of product design and UX/UI strategies to help his clients become successful and leaders in their respective industries. For his hard work in the design community, he received a contributing author credit for the upcoming book titled Lift-Off! Practical Design Leadership to Elevate Your Team, Your Organization, and You through Rosenfeld Media. He is currently a lead instructor of user experience design at General Assembly and Board Member for the AIGA Chicago Chapter.
VP/Director of Experience Design at Digitas/Leo Burnett
Randy's role: Lead User Experience Designer
"Randy is a thoughtful and empathetic designer with the ability to teach complex concepts. He would play well in the leadership space, and if you need someone to partner with to build a practice for your agency or client, I would recommend taking a serious look at Randy."
VP, Consumer Experience Strategy & Design at Alight Solutions
Randy's role: Associate Director, User Experience Design, Innovation Lab
"Randy is our future man. A wise UX sage, Randy is constantly pushing - new digital, new thinking, new tools. Randy is always looking for a way in - to connecting with 1871, the broader UX community, and the work we do with clients. He immediately shined with The Home Depot in the lab and surfaced some game-changing ideas. And he's made an immediate impact on our UX design and process, bringing smart ways to use Sketch, InVision, Slack, Basecamp, etc. Randy is a digital force that will bring out the biggest innovations for clients!"
Senior Graphic Designer at Hickory Farms, LLC
Randy's role: User Experience Design Instructor
"Randy is a professional and helpful instructor who has the ability to teach a class with enthusiasm. He also possesses an in-depth knowledge of the field of user experience design, as he is able to provide useful insights based on his own professional experiences.
Personally, he helped me get out of my comfort zone because of the collaborative environment that he created for the class. He consistently encouraged class participation. Needless to say, I had a very positive impression of UX Design because of Randy. He is someone who leads by example and will always be considered as one of the best teachers that I’ve ever met."
Practical Design Leadership to Elevate Your Team, Your Organization, and You
Liftoff! is your guide to leveling up as a design manager and leader. Its experience-driven approach—written by designers for designers—will help you hire and scale teams, develop careers, learn why diversity matters to your business, and solidify design’s role in your organization. Liftoff! will elevate your skills to lead your team and company to new heights. Randy is a featured writer for this book.
PRODUCT DESIGN + USER EXPERIENCE
View my portfolio to understand my design-thinking, UX stack, and methodologies.
Business accolades and videos.
LocalLux KETV Channel 7 Interview #2
LocalLux @ DemoDay
LocalLux CEO, Randy Ellis is featured on Channel 7 KETV Omaha, NE
LocalLux KETV Channel 7 Interview #1
LocalLux Kick-Off Interview
LocalLux @ Technori 2014
LocalLux CEO previews new products to investors.
LocalLux Marketplace Video
A promo video of LocalLux Marketplace in-action.
HOW I WORK
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My Product Hunts
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Code on Github
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