Ron Bronson
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Ron Bronson

Critical Design, leadership in Portland, He/Him

Had a really fun semester teaching undergrads: taubmancollege.umich.edu/news/2024/04/2…

2 months ago
2023 — Now
Lecturer, Urban Technology at University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
2016 — 2017
Service Design Principal at City of Bloomington
Indiana
2008 — 2016
Design Director at Nordic Strategy Lab
2011 — 2013
Web Manager at Eastern Wyoming College
2008 — 2009
Director of Digital at Aurora University
2006 — 2008
Web Manager at LCCC
2005 — 2007
Brand Director at Omnivore Gear

Started an athletic shoe brand by accident.

1998 — 2002
US Air Force

Speaking

2023
The Designer's Share of the Problem at Outcome Conference
Chandigarh, India
2022
Service Design Talk at Federation of Tax Associates Tech Conference
Portland, Oregon
2022
Service Design in Government at Federal CX Leadership Symposium
2022
Service Design in Government at Cloudflare Design Growth Week
2021
The Designers Share of the Problem at Colorado Springs Design Week
Colorado Springs, CO
2020
The researchers role in hostile design at UX Australia
Melbourne, Australia
2019
Hostile Design of Digital Experiences at ACM SigDoc
Portland, Oregon
2018
Service Design in Higher Education at Carnegie Conference
Orlando, FL
2017
Improving the product toolbox at Pixel Up!
Cape Town, South Africa
2017
Tackling Content Migration & Maintenance at Confab Higher Ed
Indianapolis, IN

Volunteering

2020 — Now
Portland, OR
  • 2022 OSAA 4A/3A/2A/1A State Champions, 2021 3A State Champions
  • 1 individual state champion (2023, Girls Doubles), 1 state finalist (2022 Girls Singles)
  • 2x District Titles, 3x League Titles
  • 2022-23 OACA 4A-1A Girls State Tennis Coach of the Year
  • 2022 District 4A-1 Girls Coach of the Year
2023 — Now
Portland, OR

Community radio

2023 — Now
Portland, OR

Portland chapter of the international Interaction Design Association (IxDA)

2022 — 2022
Head Varsity Tennis Coach at Cheyenne Central HS
Cheyenne, WY
  • 2022 Girls South Regional & Conference Champions, 3rd in State
  • Individual State Champion (2nd singles), State Finalist (1st Singles) 4 State Semi-Finalists, 4x Regional Champions
  • Boys 3rd place, South Region
  • 2x All-State selections, 6x All-Conference
  • 17-7 combined Dual Match record
2021 — 2022
Portland, OR

Appointed by Mayor to city's Historic Landmarks Commission

2019 — 2020
Oregon City, OR

OSAA All-State Academic Team (2019)

2018 — 2020

Local Code for America brigade

2016 — 2018
Bloomington, IN

Twice-a-week daily news co-anchor for a local community (public) radio station.

2015 — 2017
Director at IxDA Indianapolis

Launched the Indianapolis chapter of the Interaction Design Association

2011 — 2013
Debate Coach at Eastern Wyoming College
Torrington, WY
2011 — 2011
Head Girls Varsity Tennis Coach at North High School
Denver, CO
2009 — 2010
Head Boys & Girls JV Tennis Coach at Colorado Academy
Denver, CO
2008 — 2009
Assistant Men's Tennis Coach at Aurora University
Aurora, IL

Side Projects

2022

A Finnish wordle clone

2016
Pensulo Decks

A deck of 54 cards aimed at helping you rethink, reimagine or break your creative block.

Projects

2017

Launched Indiana Design & Innovation Week in 2016, became Indy Design Week in 2018

2014

A web conference held in Louisville, KY

2004

Invented the field sport of Tennis Polo (Toccer) where teams of players attempt to score on a goal with a ball defended by a keeper who hold a tennis-style racquet.

Exhibitions

2022
The Designer's Share of the Problem at Portland Design Festival
Portland, OR

Writing

Contact

BlueSky
Last.fm
Letterboxd
Glass
LinkedIn
Instagram
Twitter
GitHub

Awards

2002
Airman of the Quarter from 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
2001
Good Conduct Medal from US Air Force
2000
Air Force Achievement Medal from US Air Force
2000
National Defense Service Medal from US Air Force
2000
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal from US Air Force
1999
Airman of the Year from 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron

Teams

Current
Zeppelin Public Present