A little about me . . .

I would like to make a small part of the world a little dynamic

Hi, my name is Amy Grogan, and I am a UI/UX Designer/Developer in the surrounding Greater Boston area. I specialize in creating web user interfaces. My special talents in web design are to create memorable sites or interactive projects with eye catching graphics, but always an interface designed with users and simplicity in mind.

When it comes to creating website projects, information architecture is a key value component. Organizing lots of information before the design process gets under way is always an important task. Correlating any data given and displaying it in a visual manner into wireframes is a complementary skill to my visual design and development background for establishing the foundation of any website or app.

My process is to create timelines for personal deadlines. I make these to ensure tasks are met on time. Often I build out projects using rough sketches as a prototype design before diving into full production work on the computer as this can be a time consuming process.

Most of these skill sets I gained throughout my college experience or learned about through industry events I have attended. I graduated from the New England Institute of Art in Boston, MA with a study in Multimedia & Web Design.

My first established job in the industry came from working with the American Journal of Transportation. I came in as their in-house web developer and graphic designer. With this position I took on many projects. I re-designed the company website, incorporated best practices with search engine optimization techniques, added e-commerce functionality, created display ads for both print and web and much more. I had a great opportunity being able to work on so many projects independently and learning new skill sets with on the job experience. I brought my abilities, and modernized a newspaper that has existed for over 75 years. By doing so, I maximized and created new earning opportunities for the American Journal of Transportation.

After close to 7 years of working for AJOT it seemed right to find new work with a company in which I could likely progress in my career, which brought me to Edvisors, Inc. as a web developer for a front-end development team of four. I cherished my time there as short as it was because it brought me up to speed on what was trending in the industry with a very smart team. The main focus was on modern responsive layouts, centered around conversion rate optimization and SEO. The firm would later be sold and their Quincy, MA office closed. A year later I was then hired as web designer by Colliers International | Boston in which I would utilize those adapted skills on website projects that would help market many of the commercial real estate properties in Greater Boston.

I enjoy the opportunity to participate in a lot of web industry events throughout the year and am honored to be an assistant organizer to two Boston based users groups (Boston Web Design/Dev, BostonPHP). These types of events provide me with many industry contacts and keep me current on the ever changing state of the web industry.

As a designer / developer I am constantly looking for new ideas to make design and functionality of websites unique. I am always looking to learn and expand my skill-sets within this field for fresh new ideas to promote a company.

When I am not in front of the computer I am involved in several other creative outlets.

  • Due to the pandemic I took up a hobby that I put aside quite a long time ago, sewing. I love fashion so you will often find me sewing clothes. I have quite an appreciation for how things are constructed and the quality of materials to choose from. My grandmother was a seamstress and she taught me a lot.
  • Health and fitness is also very important to me. Quite some time back I made the choice to be more active and as a great result I lost a lot of weight and have a more active lifestyle. I journeyed through this process in my blog. I find sitting all day can be quite unhealthy so I make it a point to get away and go for long walks or workout at the gym as I see it as a form of meditation as well.
What I do isn't WORK It's PASSION!