Work experience as a designer, art director, and educator exemplifies a passion for interactive design and strategy. Beginning in the mid 90s, worked with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and government agencies to create award-winning interactive solutions.
Knowledge of the unique challenges of interactive design including mobile technologies, social networking, and 508 compliance. Special interest in device-agnostic, responsive design.
National League for Nursing, Washington, DC
Responsible for maintaining and innovating the NLN visual identity. Strategic thinking for social media, UX design, user testing, and site analysis. Create and direct creation of a variety of online assets including newsletters, carousel banners, and various graphics.
Freelance Designer/Art Director,
Takoma Park, MD
Work with a variety of clients to create compelling interactive and print solutions. Projects include everything from banner ads to brand systems.
Lead Interactive Designer/UX Designer,
NASDAQ, Rockville, MD
October 2010 - December 2012
Lead the redesign effort of the corporate site including strategy, architecture and design. Full site architecture for related sites and site redesigns including siteflow creation, wireframing, and content organization. Extended brand refresh online and established online standards and best practices. Some significant accomplishments included:
Adjunct Faculty, December 2007 - January 2010
Library of Congress, Washington DC
July 2008 - June 2010
Designed or redesigned portions of the library’s websites, helped standardize the library’s online identity, and did branding work. Some significant accomplishments include:
OmniStudio, Washington DC
April 2006 - April 2007
Worked as part of a team of information architects, writers and developers to design successful web sites, flash interactives and newsletters. Some significant accomplishments include:
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
October 2003 - April 2006
Designed online exhibits as counterparts to their real-world installations. The process involved working with curators, exhibition officers, art historians, and editors to create compelling web features up to the gallery's standards. Took part in the evaluation and planning of the redesign of the National Gallery of Art website. Some significant accomplishments include:
San Francisco CA and Washington DC
Fulltime and freelance positions at a variety of companies and organizations. Some highlights during this period include:
Master of Fine Arts in Design,
California College of the Arts , San Francisco, CA May 2002
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minors: Fine Art, Photography
Washington University in St. Louis, St.Louis, MO May 1996
Nominated for a CSS Design Award and a CSSWinner Award for Dantrachtman.com in 2013. Winner of the 2011 Graphic Design USA Inhouse Award for NASDAQ Holiday Card. Winner of the 2009 Aquent Superstar Award. The previous version of Dantrachtman.com has won the following awards: American Design Award, Design Firms Award , WebbieWorld People's Choice Award, Raven Design Award. Parallaxia.com was featured in March 2004 issue of Digit Magazine. and won 2004 Plastic Pilot Award. Celebrity Slugfest (Dan Trachtman was the sole designer) was featured in the following publications: Newseek (Sept. 23, 1996), USA Today (Sept 13, 1996), The New York Times Cybertimes (Nov.7, 1996), TV Guide Online (Sept. 13, 1996), Hotwired (Sept.23, 1996), and was Macromedia Site of the Day (Sept 23, 96).