Zach Reed - Designer/Developer from Chicago, IL

Zach Reed

front-end product design developer

About Zach

Hello! I am a creative. a traveler. a designer. a problem solver. a developer. an api lover. a fan of music.
I live in a beautiful city called Chicago.
I am passionate about creating projects that are innovative, creative and beautiful.

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Work History

'15 -

Sprout Social

Senior Design Developer
Chicago, IL

Make daily enhancements to Sprout's web app, taking direction from UI Lead, Creative Director and Product Management. Keep up with engineering best practices and push production quality code. Work with UX designers and help move the team forward on feature exploration. Prototype complex interactions. Offer guidance on UI standards based on your technical expertise. Own the Sprout User Interface and represent Design in each Engineering team.

'06 -

Blue Tide Productions, LLC

Indianapolis, IN / Chicago, IL

I built Blue Tide from the ground up. I started the LLC when I was in highschool to funnel all of my freelance work through it. I sold web/graphic design, photography, and other services to companies throughout the USA, as well as internationally. I managed all aspects of business management and strategy: strategized client content, planned day-to-day priorities, project management, and client billing.

'13 - '15


Senior Front End Developer/Designer
Chicago, IL

I worked as the lead front-end developer/designer for a quickly growing startup in Chicago, ParkWhiz. I worked apart of the development team doing front-end design, front-end code, and other misc. design projects for the company. ParkWhiz had brought me on the team to help shape the look of their growing company, and to lead the UI design of the various web, mobile, and static sites.

'12 - '13

Angie's List

Senior UI Designer
Indianapolis, IN

I worked as one of the leads on the member side product UI design for Angie's List. I worked along side the UX team converting their wireframes to a final UI look. A big part of my work at Angie's List was updating the currently outdated UI to a more modern look that brings Angie's List to the same rapport as other industry leaders.

'11 - '12

ChaCha Search, Inc.

UI/UX Designer
Carmel, IN

Worked directly with the creative director to build brand development, web site traffic growth, web site UI, and advertising revenue. Focused a lot of effort on user experience tests and data. Developed brand strategy, and statistics systems.

'06 - '08

Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch

Indianapolis, IN

Photographed spring season proms for Indiana high schools. Traveled all around central Indiana Friday and Saturday nights shooting candid and portraits pictures of proms.

'07 - '09

eGov Strategies, LLC

Web Designer
Indianapolis, IN

Designed, developed, implemented, and populated cross-functional websites for municipalities, state and federal agencies, non-profits, and government associations all over the country.

'09 - '09

Firebelly Marketing

Web Designer
Indianapolis, IN

Functioned in a project-manager role. Designed and developed client websites and social media outlets. Worked one-on-one with clients, set meetings, directed workflow, created deadlines, and trained clients on their website as well as social media outlets.

Education History

'08 - '09

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Pursuing Bachelor's in Media Arts & Science


Hamilton Southeastern High School

Fishers, Indiana

Award winning USDE Blue Ribbon school

Nice Words

Adam Elmakias

Adam Elmakias Recognized music photographer

"The best part about Zach is his willingness to work with me. I rely on a lot of back and forth to get my projects perfect- they are collaborations. Zach's flexibility with and his devotion to his deadlines not only insures that I get what I want- but when I want. He appreciates my passion and respects my work ethic and in return I am always happy to do the same for him. This is why I keep coming back."

Shawn Schwegman

Shawn Schwegman CEO, Gusto

"Zach is the most gifted Web Designer I've ever had the pleasure of working with, and I would hire him immediately if I could. Zach is wicked smart, highly driven, and a complete work horse. Few designers have both the breadth of technical knowledge coupled with fabulous design skills of someone like Zach. He constantly amazed me. Not only did Zach juggle numerous web, mobile, and design projects, he was able to grasp, learn, and code using the latest technologies available at the time. In addition to Zach's amazing technical and design skills, his attitude and work ethic are top notch. Zach is an A player and would make a wonderful addition to any team."

Aaron gillespie

Aaron gillespie Recognized musician

"It is a rare thing in this life to find integrity and it is even more rare to find honesty. Zach has been this to us. Totally generous, lightning fast and full of nothing but truth and servanthood. My wife and I own a small clothing company and couldn't not be more thrilled to have someone of such integral stature assisting us."

Andy Jankowski

Andy Jankowski Founder, Enterprise Strategies

"I have hired Zach multiple times. He is the only person I trust to handle my company's website and graphic design needs. He is very creative and extremely knowledgable in both the technical and functional aspects of web and social media communication. His visual designs are both aesthetically pleasing and effective at communicating meaning on several levels. I have recommended Zach to several others and found their experience to be similar to mine."

Adam Hendle

Adam Hendle General Manager, FameBit

"I have worked with Zach on several projects over the past two years. Zach has consistently gone above and beyond to impress me and deliver high quality results. He is a true expert in his field and has never not been able to deliver on something that I had requested. I would highly recommend Zach to anyone looking for web design work. All my future projects will continue to go through Zach and Blue Tide Productions."

Scott Pitkin

Scott Pitkin UX Design Manager

"Zach is professional, hard working, and fun to work with - all week long. I've been repeatedly impressed with Zach's range of skills and experience. He is able to work projects end to end, and is especially sharp with visual design and front-end development. At Angie's List, we worked on several projects together, and I always felt Zach's commitment to creating great products. Zach is a strong addition to any design team."

Eric Rago

Eric Rago General Manager NYC, ParkWhiz

"Zach has a great attitude and makes everyone around him feel at ease. He thrives in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment while making others around him better."

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Zachary Reed


Email Me

(317) 759-0ZRR (0977)

Chicago, IL

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