Clay Newton

Clay Newton

Design strategist, mentor & leader; amplifier of inspiration.

San Francisco Bay Area

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Clay Newton's Overview

  • Senior UX Manager at Hotwire
  • Instructor, UX Design at General
  • Adjunct Instructor of Digital Arts at Napa Valley College
  • Emerging Tech & Design Researcher at Consultant

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Clay Newton's Summary

Seasoned manager of cross-disciplinary design and development teams within startups and large corporations.

Experience Designer with a full spectrum of competencies including ethnographic research, user requirements, IA, interaction design, interactive design, accessibility, internationalization, usability, prototyping & development.

Designing experience with an eye to the most advanced, industry accepted technologies, platforms and devices.


creative team management, inspiration, ux design, user experience design, interaction design, visual design, design management, team development, creative direction, concept development, business process analysis, iOS, Android, cross-platform design, responsive design, HTML5, app design, application design, cloud applications, location based services, LBS, section 508 compliance, accessibility, usability, SaaS

Clay Newton's Experience

Senior UX Manager


Public Company; 201-500 employees; EXPE; Internet industry

June 2014Present (4 months) San Francisco

Instructor, UX Design


Educational Institution; 51-200 employees; Education Management industry

May 2014Present (5 months) San Francisco

Adjunct Instructor of Digital Arts

Napa Valley College

August 2012Present (2 years 2 months) Napa

I seek to engender the passion for art, craft and emerging media. Rather than focus on technique and technical capability, I encourage students to explore art and design with projects that give a wink and a nod to art and design history while exploring contemporary culture and artistic expression. Above all, art is fun!!

Emerging Tech & Design Researcher


1998Present (16 years)

I help business and organizations implement software, product and process solutions based on their current and anticipated needs. I have worked with schools from Kinder to post-graduate, local and state governmental agencies, non-profits, Fortune 100 companies, startups, artists and students.

Sr UX Architect

Walmart eCommerce

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; WMT; Internet industry

January 2013June 2014 (1 year 6 months) San Bruno, CA



September 2011December 2012 (1 year 4 months)

BOXlab is a design services agency specializing in web and mobile websites and applications.

Sr. Interaction Designer


Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Insurance industry

October 2009March 2011 (1 year 6 months)

Design inspiration, team management and mentoring.

UX design leadership and execution on consumer-facing website replatforming from Vignette to Drupal.

Information design for executive level presentations and talks.

Soup to nuts UX design for an enterprise quoting, sales & service applications.

Mobile application concept, design and testing.

Robust usability assessments for a number of successful enterprise initiatives.

Project Director


Sole Proprietorship; 1-10 employees; Computer Software industry

October 20102011 (1 year)

We are building an iPhone application that will fully engage the hearts and minds of over 1,000,000,000 people all over the world who want to draw every single day.

UX Mentor


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Software industry

March 2009August 2009 (6 months)

I mentored the User Experience lead, focusing on end-to-end user experience design best practices & process.

Co-founder, President

February 2008May 2009 (1 year 4 months)

Co-founded Remarkd, a run-anywhere ecommerce service. The service, deployable to any website and integrated with Facebook, OpenSocial, & Twitter, allowed community managers to monetize their network by providing the capability for members and commercial sellers to buy & sell items within the community.

The service was accessible via the website, the Remarkd Facebook app, the Remarkd OpenSocial app, an iPhone application, RSS, Twitter, and with the Remarkd Anywhere application, from any website.

Manager of Strategic Value Initiatives

Bank of America

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; BAC; Banking industry

November 2007March 2008 (5 months)

Innovation and ideation for the eCommerce division. Charged with mapping Bank of America's IP landscape.

Participated in ethnographic research training at XEROX Parc, it's first ethnographic research certification program.

Collaborated on the design of an enterprise-level idea & innovation management platform.

Designed an ambient interface for system-wide security monitoring.

Design Director

Bank of America

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; BAC; Banking industry

February 2007November 2007 (10 months)

Director of Innovation and Enterprise Experience. My team was focused on the design of next generation capabilities, global utilities and emerging standards. Managed a cross-disciplinary UX team consisting of visual, interaction, editorial and usability; managed a team of senior interaction designers; mentored a number of interaction designers.

Responsible for governance of all global and site-wide experiences including i18n, search, navigation.

Charged with cultivating a "culture of innovation". Put in place a number of different programs to encourage creativity and innovation across the User-Centered Design and Research team.

Responsible for ideation and innovation around emergent and next-gen experiences. This included mobile technologies, community, and next adoption and integration of emerging standards.

Key contributor to the evolution of site standards, technology and process adoption.

Interaction Design Manager

Bank of America

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; BAC; Banking industry

May 2006February 2007 (10 months)

Manager of Authenticated Research and Development group, managing a team of interaction designers.

User advocate in all project meetings, balancing the needs of the business and collaborating with technology partners.

Project Lead, coordinating communication and deliverables for all User Centered Design and Research (UCD&R) contributors.

As Peer Reviewer for the Authenticated Interaction Design, provided mentorship and guidance in business and design to junior staff.

Sr. Interaction Designer

Bank of America

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; BAC; Banking industry

April 2005May 2006 (1 year 2 months)

Responsible for design of transactional and analysis screens for consumer accounts and innovative security solutions.

Closely worked with business and technical partners to define feature sets that would provide high value to the customer and the business.

Designed platform agnostic solutions with keen attention to rich interaction and simplicity.

User Experience Group Manager

Navis, LLC

Public Company; 201-500 employees; Computer Software industry

July 2003March 2005 (1 year 9 months)

Managed a user experience team focused on the design of complex transactional interfaces.

Performed information analysis and architecture on legacy application suite. Redefined interaction model and navigation paradigm based on usability analysis. Developed Storyboard Wireframes, SDL/Activity Diagrams, Sitemaps, interaction definitions, and interactive and static mockups.

Defined corporate standards for Personas, Use Cases, Sitemaps and Activity Diagrams.

Developed a declarative software development framework for modeling presentation and interaction.

Software Developer

Virage, Inc

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; VRGE; Computer Software industry

April 2002July 2003 (1 year 4 months)

Spearheaded a team of front-end developers in the port of legacy applications from proprietary markup to an XSL template-based structure. Maintained rigorous standards for cross-browser compatibility.

Developed front end with internationalization, localization and Section 508 compliance as a top priority.

Web Development Team Manager

Assentive Solutions

November 2000February 2002 (1 year 4 months)

Managed a team of web developers and user experience designers.

Designed the user interface and information architecture. Implemented database driven content management tool for the corporate website and intranet.

Established Integration Milestones Documents for the Assentive Partner API and the Assentive White-Labeling API. Laid the initial groundwork for technical integrations with partners and customers.

Senior Web Developer

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Internet industry

June 1999October 2000 (1 year 5 months)

Managed a team of software developers focused on the development of rich web experiences, including Flash, JSP and DHTML.

Designed the user experience for boutique ecommerce service.
Functional Specifications,

Designed and developed site-wide templates and Flash boutiques in coordination with Business Development and Product Management.

Front-end go-to on all functional integrations with third parties.

Clay Newton's Skills & Expertise

  1. Information Architecture
  2. User Experience
  3. User-centered Design
  4. Interaction Design
  5. Application Design
  6. E-commerce
  7. Prototyping
  8. Usability Testing
  9. User Interface Design
  10. Agile
  11. User Interface
  12. HTML
  13. Web Applications
  14. Task Analysis
  15. Product Strategy
  16. Web Development
  17. Experience Design
  18. CSS
  19. iPhone
  20. SaaS
  21. Content Management
  22. Web Analytics
  23. Mobile Applications
  24. Mobile
  25. Web Design
  26. Analytics
  27. Technical Writing
  28. Testing
  29. Social Media
  30. Requirements Analysis
  31. Design Management
  32. Creative Direction
  33. iOS Design
  34. Technical Analysis
  35. User Analysis
  36. Ethnography
  37. Multivariate Testing
  38. Product Management
  39. Mobile Devices
  40. Agile Methodologies
  41. Heuristic Evaluation
  42. Persona
  43. Axure
  44. Information Design
  45. Visual Design
  46. Usability
  47. User Research
  48. HTML 5
  49. Mobile Design
  50. Wire Framing

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Clay Newton's Patents

  • System And Method For Consumer Protection

    • United States Patent 20090089215
    • Issued April 2, 2004
    Inventors: Clay Newton, Eric Miller

    A method for combating website spoofing can be used in connection with a website for a financial institution accessible by a plurality of users. Registration information is stored for a user having a financial account with the financial institution, including user login information and customization information for a website associated with the financial institution. A marker is issued, to be stored on a computer used by the user to access the website. At some point, a request is received from the user to display a webpage of the website on the computer, and the user is recognized based on the marker. A webpage is then provided to the computer, having an interface with an attribute customized according to the customization information. The user login information is entered via the website. Upon receiving the user login information, the user is provided access to the financial account.


    • United States Patent Application 2009/045571
    • Filed April 4, 2009
    Inventors: Clay Newton, Eric Miller

    Consistent one-time password (OTP) functionality is provided from a presentation server to secure various on-line resources. A seed file can be provided to or created by a service provider for execution as part of a hosted page displayed at a client to a user. A presentation server receives a call from the seed file. A user interface widget can be initialized at the presentation server in response to the call from the seed file. The widget can be displayed as part of the remotely hosted Web page so that the user perceives the UI widget to be embedded in the page as viewed on the client computer system. Security for the interaction between the servers can be provided through use of security assertion markup language (SAML).

Clay Newton's Education

UC Davis

BA, Studio Art

September 1996December 1998

Napa High



Clay Newton's Additional Information


Innovation, Web 2.0, mobile devices, social media, surfing, hiking, fiction, old time music, gardening, banjo, The Cult of Mac

Groups and Associations:

SIGCHI, SIGGRAPH, AIGA, Facebook, Twitter, Native Sons of the Golden West

Honors and Awards:

WalmartLabs: Spark Award, Service to the Internal Customer, 2013
Bank of America World Class Customer Experience Award, 2007
Bank of America Award of Excellence, 2007

Patent: System And Method For Consumer Protection

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