Charles Klein portrait

Craft beautiful experiences

I have worked for companies big and small and spanning industries, such as Capital One, Tact.ai (acquired by Aktana), Kosmix (acquired by Walmart), YesVideo, and Humboldt State University where some of my designs have won awards; and have consulted for companies like ONI, Techstyle, Clique Media, Milliways Ventures, Rocketship.vc, and Target (DermStore), among others.

I have built apps that were featured by The New York Times, and Editorial Picks on the Apple App Store. One of them, Memorable Wines, was featured by the App Store editors in "Pocket Sommelier" in the US, UK, France, Germany & more.

Once, back in 2006, I was interviewed by AdBusters Magazine to explain the hot, new social network … Twitter (RIP ) — a testament to my love of technology to the core. I built my first computer at the age of 12 in 1994, I couldn't do anything with it but run The Norton Commander from the DOS prompt to launch some rudimentary games and writing programs (I don't know how many times I edited the autoexec.bat and config.sys just because), but I loved it...

In 1997, I learned HTML and some rudimentary VisualBasic for Windows 95 and consequently started my first "company" with my best friend — CARTER/KLEIN ENTERPRISES... LOL it obviously wasn't a real company, but we had fun. I finally discovered graphic design and web design in 2003, and have been a practitioner of the ever evolving craft since.

Outside of work you'll most likely find me at a park with my husband, our 2-year old son, and our Labradoodle Susan; over-ordering at some new (to me) restaurant; taking in the sounds of the city with a glass of wine on the rooftop; or, my favorite, exploring the greatest immersive user experience in the world: Walt Disney's Original Magic Kingdom, Disneyland.

Work Experience

visual depiction of my work experience

CliftonStrengths®

Strengths and behaviorial themes (more info). Presented in order.

Skills & Tools

Diverse experience designing for: Commercial Banking, Commercial Real Estate, Data Infrastructure, Enterprise SaaS (B2B, B2B2C), Pharmaceutical Sales, eCommerce, Client Services

Tools: Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Apple Keynote, AfterEffects, Final Cut Pro, Principal, Zeplin, Pixate, InVision, Asana, Trello, Pivotal, Xcode, Git

Personal Interests

Awards & Recognition

What his colleagues have said...

"Wow." That pretty much sums up working with Charles. He's got a solid base of experience to draw from and it shows from his attention to the smallest details to high level product strategy. What's more, his visual design skills are as good as his UX skills allowing him to move faster and further than most and to keep everything coherently and consistently aligning to the Brand. In the time I got to work with him at Tact he repeatedly demonstrated his leadership ability by filling in as product owner and PM where needed not to mention aligning the company as a whole on vision. Which is to say, he doesn't just lead, he inspires.

If you need a rock to anchor your UX and design teams, that's Charles.

Thomas Sola, Director of User Experience @ Tact.ai (worked together at Tact.ai)

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