Whitney Taylor

User Experience Designer | San Francisco, CA

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Words with Friends 2

I designed the user experience and interaction for the future of Words with Friends and the 'With Friends' franchise. Challenged with shaping the experience on all platforms from the ground up, and building and managing a design team along the way, I've seen this product through from concept to execution.

Zynga | Lead Designer | UX & IxD

“Social gaming at its finest.” — Fox News

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Words with Friends

Cross platform feature design, motion prototyping, and marekting for the #1 free game in iPhone history.

Zynga | Senior Designer | UX & IxD

"Everyone who owns an iPhone or iPod Touch should have this game on their device." – Touch Arcade

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A mobile pattern library to display best practices from top apps across the industry. I found numerous libraries for social apps, but very few resources for games. In order to bridge this gap, I created ux-patterns.com, where viewers can sort by type (social or game), platform, device, and orientation. A great resource for other designers and developers who work in social apps and games.

Side Project | Design & Development



Launched Zynga's social gaming platform.

Zynga | Designer | UX & UI


Digital Flux

Physical Computing Installation

A tabletop physical computing installation that allows users to place cubes on an interactive projection in real time, creating interesting and unique sound loops.

Programmed in Processing using OpenCV and infrared sensors and projection. Was on display at the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, GA.

SxSW Interactive Awards Finalist

Designing for the Wild

Gesture-based navigation scheme for mobile devices in harsh enviroments (ski lifts, rushing rivers, windy peaks, rainy streets, etc).

Accessing the smartphone's accelerometer and gyroscope, this system removes touch interaction with the mobile device screen, and allows users to control core functions with simple user initiated gestures.

Patent Pending - MFA Thesis

Graduate Projects

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MFA in Interactive Design & Game Development from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Mobile design and programming, web design, physical computing, interactive installations, and high and low fidelity prototyping.

SCAD | Design & Development

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Currently the Lead UX Designer on the New Words with Friends @ Zynga in San Francisco, CA.

Whitney Taylor

Realistic Dreamer

Mobile designer, passionate about my craft. I focus in interaction design, cross platform user experience flows, motion prototyping, and managing designers. Experience at top entertainment companies - Zynga, Nickelodeon, and E! Entertainment Television. MFA in Interactive Media from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Completed thesis work in designing an alternative gesture navigation scheme for mobile devices in wild environments. Spend my weekends traveling the country in a '77 VW bus.

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