Nathan Curtis

Nathan Curtis is a founder and principal at EightShapes, LLC, a UX design agency founded in 2006 in Washington, DC with partner Dan Brown.

Nathan has practiced design and front end dev since 1996 with keen interest in design systems, component & pattern libraries, and helping teams create and sustain cohesive experiences. His book Modular Web Design (2009) explored how UX designers create deliverables & libraries systematically, presaging how he transformed EightShapes to prototype, deliver, and document design in raw HTML/CSS during the responsive era that followed. Through EightShapes, he’s consulted on design systems with clients including Cisco, Marriott, Wells Fargo, Hershey, eBay, Alcatel-Lucent, Capital One, and Yahoo.

Prior to founding EightShapes, Nathan led UX projects at Sprint Nextel and AOL, and got his start at SAS Institute in statistical apps R&D. Nathan obtained a M.S. Statistics from the University of Chicago in 1996 following a B.S. Mathematics and B.S. Statistics from Virginia Tech in 1995.

Nathan tweets about design, systems, cycling, and european football at @nathanacurtis and you can connect with him on LinkedIn. He lives in Fairfax, VA with his wife and three children.

Book: Modular Web Design

Modular Web DesignNathan authored the book Modular Web Design:Creating Reusable Components for User Experience Design and Documentation aimed at helping designers become better at modularizing their designs as well as building libraries of reusable assets to improve consistency, efficiency, and standards. The book is available from Peachpit Press.

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