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Get to Know Alex Better

Alex grew up in a small town in Ohio called Newton Falls. Fun fact, it’s one of the few cities in the US with a zip code containing one repeatable number (44444)! After high school, he attended Kent State University to pursue a degree in Visual Communication Design and quickly found his love for UX design after taking a few courses. It was then that he decided to really dive in and teach himself UI/UX design. It was during this learning journey that Alex made the decision to move to St. Louis in order to further his career, which is how he ended up here at Matchbox.

Alex is a part of our small, but amazing design team. He conducts research to help facilitate a better user experience and then turns that research into design layouts that visualize the look and feel of a given website or app. If it’s early on in a project he will often conduct a competitive analysis, creating user journeys or wireframing the groundwork for the final designs. If that phase has already been completed, you’ll find him creating style guides, designing the mobile/desktop experiences and documenting design files for our developers.

When it comes to digital trends, Alex loves seeing how VR/AR experiences are integrated with our daily lives. Instead of just seeing a still image of a shoe, you can use your camera to virtually see what those shoes would look like if you were actually wearing thm, which is crazy!

Alex playing a virtual reality game
Close up of a cat sleeping
Alex holding up a peace sign

5 Questions With Alex Shaw

Q: Describe yourself in 3 words

A: “Friendly, passionate and nerdy”

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: “During warm days I love relaxing outside, listening to music, and working on side projects. Recently though you’ll find me playing video games with friends or watching anime and Netflix shows. No matter what I’m doing though, I’ll probably have a cup of coffee in my hand.”

Q: Do you have any special talents?

A: “I can typically recite any given Harry Potter scene with ease. Though it probably has less to do with being a special talent and more to do with my best friend and I binge-watching the entire Harry Potter series more times than I can count on my hands.”

Q: What’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited?

A:  Washington D.C. I know it may not be most people’s first choice but I really enjoyed visiting the various monuments and museums.

Q: What’s something awesome about you that no one else knows?

A: “Back in junior high, I used to have a YouTube channel with 15,000 subscribers where I would upload tutorials on how to create different video and photo editing effects.”