Hi, I am Colleen Lynn, a user interface designer and victims' advocate
Colleen Lynn's Bio:
Colleen Lynn is a veteran user interface designer who is known for her exceptional multidisciplinary skill set and creating websites that deliver social impact. In 1995, she began her Seattle-based web design company VainNotion, and over the next decade worked with a diverse range of clients including Internet startups, retail companies and smart device manufacturers. During this time she played a key visual role in numerous identity designs and nearly 100 website designs. Colleen Lynn also spent two quarters teaching courses at the Art Institute of Seattle. Achievements in social activism include being selected as the visual designer for the 2008 Washington State grassroots primary Obama campaign. In the same year, Colleen Lynn created DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims’ website, after undergoing a serious dog attack. The site has since grown into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In 2011, DogsBite.org submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the young mauling victim in Tracey v. Solesky, which helped move the highest court in Maryland to declare pit bulls “inherently dangerous.” Statistical data from her group has been cited in a peer-reviewed medical journal and is often cited by media sources. Ms. Lynn also created Righthaven Victims, a free speech advocacy website that tracked victims of the copyright troll formerly known as Righthaven. Colleen Lynn continues her role as the founder of DogsBite.org, as well as her role as a user interface designer at Lynn Media Group, an Austin-based web design company she began in 2010.
Colleen Lynn's Experience:
Chief Creative at Lynn Media Group2010 - Present
(2010 - Present) Colleen established Lynn Media Group in April 2010, just after she relocated to Austin from Seattle. Over the past fifteen years of web design and user interface projects in Seattle, Ms. Lynn has built a reputation for her innovative approach to customer experience, user interface design and website creation. The establishment of Lynn Media Group, with a focus upon educational and cause-related organizations, unites her many skill sets, aspirations and years of hands-on experience. www.lynnmediagroup.com
Founder and President at DogsBite.org (Non-Profit)October 2007 - Present
(2007 - Present) After enduring a serious dog attack in June 2007, Colleen was determined to a build a national web presence for this underserved cause. DogsBite.org began as a 20-page website in October 2007. It has since grown into a resource of over 2,000 web pages frequented by dog bite victims, attorneys, lawmakers and media members. Ms. Lynn created all parts of the site, including the design, brand and content. The site receives over 100,000 impressions a month and is often quoted in news reports. On the heels of being cited in a major medical study in April 2011 (Mortality, Mauling, and Maiming by Vicious Dogs), DogsBite.org received its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS. www.dogsbite.org
Chief Creative at VainNotion.comJanuary 1996 - 2009
(1996 - 2009) From 1996 to late 2009, Colleen operated her Seattle-based design company, VainNotion, Inc., and played a key visual role in nearly 100 website designs, as well as device and prototype designs. Websites from this period include designs for startup companies, Onvia.com and MediaVillage.com, and local retail companies, Club Zum and Western Neon. Identity designs include MOD Systems and the Microsoft Mentor Program. Device designs include the MOD Systems kiosk for downloading music and videos (2007), FullPlay Media's personal listening station -- over 10,000 units were shipped to nationwide FYE retail establishments (2001-2002) -- and 3-dimensional emoticons and icons for Openwave's cellular platform (2004). www.vainnotion.com
Founder at RuneCast.com2003 - 2005
(2001-2005) In 2001, Colleen launched a consumer website, RuneCast.com; a relationship advice website targeted at women between the ages of 25-35. Her role as the product designer included: user experience design, subscriber features, interactive fortune telling features, greeting card features, site-wide editorial content, illustration, brand identity and customer support.1 At the time of closing this business in 2005, the site had 50,000 registered users and several thousand annual subscribing members.
Course Instructor at Seattle Art InstituteSeptember 1995 - May 1996
(1995-1996) Throughout the fall of 1995 and spring of 1996, Colleen instructed two evening courses at the Art Institute of Seattle: Intro Authoring, basic authoring in Macromedia Director and Computer Imaging, basic multimedia design in Photoshop.
2D Design Director at HyperBole Studios1993 - 1995
In 1993, not long after breaking into the graphic design field, Colleen was discovered by a small interactive new media firm, Hyperbole Studios. She quickly joined the Houston-based group and moved with them to Seattle where they had established a relationship with Media Vision's Multimedia Publishing Group. From 1993 to 1995 she led Hyperbole's 2-D design team and helped create four groundbreaking CD-Rom titles. Each title pioneered interactive storytelling and the art of multiple narrative outcomes.
Colleen Lynn's Education:
Holy Names College1989 – 1991Bachelor
The University of Texas at Austin1988 – 1990Concentration: Communication
Colleen Lynn's Interests & Activities:
victim advocacy, victims advocate, graphic design, web design, user interface design, blogger, wordpress design, wordpress development, creative writing, social activism, social entrepreneur, free speech, free speech advocacy, human rights, mountain biking