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Larry Sawyer

Principal UX Designer @ Optum Health; ex-PayPal; ex-Shopify
20+ years as a design leader for companies like PayPal, Shopify and American Express
United States of America 5.0 (4 reviews) Active this week Usually responds in a few hours


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I am a proven UX lead offering fresh insight and a passion for innovation. I have years of experience and have a successful track record in planning, designing, developing, and managing digital-related products, projects, and campaigns for large companies, tech giants and start-ups.

I have the proven ability to produce high-quality work quickly, iterating toward the best solution. Through years of experience, I have gained keen, in-depth understanding of Internet tools, technologies, companies, trends, and revenue models.

My passion for utilizing design thinking to solve complex problems drives my approach to each solution I'm tasked with creating.
I have work with some brilliant and talented designers, product managers, engineering leaders, small business owners, and entrepreneurs. With each experience I have gained a tremendous amount of wisdom and knowledge. This started with my first job as a designer, where I helped a talented team at Fidelity Investments implement their first Intranet site.

I also worked as a freelance designer working for national agencies. I gained a lot of success being the Creative Lead on national campaigns with major brands. I later started my own successful digital creative agency, where I was Head of Design for over 6 years. I was fortunate to work with clients like Amazon, Disney, Sony, and Canon.

I have spent years honing my craft as a designer in both visual design and user experience design. I thrive best in situations that allow me to draw on my years of experience utilizing a combination of visual and UI design with understanding the needs of the user. I am able to find impactful and relevant solutions by focusing on the user and ensuring the design best meets what the objective the product and user are trying to achieve.

Most recently I have been working with the talented people who have been creating some of the brilliant products in the software industry. I enjoyed my journey this far, and I know another adventure awaits.

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5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
2 months

Larry has been an exceptional mentor during our short time together. His understanding and hands-on approach have accelerated my growth as a UX designer. He tailored exercises to my specific needs and skills, making the learning experience highly effective. He's not just a UX teacher; he's a true mentor who provides insights on every aspect of a UX design career from collaborating with non-designer colleagues to overcoming imposter syndrome. With over two decades of experience, his critiques of my work have been invaluable. I'm eager to continue my mentorship with Larry as soon as possible. Highly recommended.



5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
1 month

I had the pleasure of being mentored by Larry Sawyer, and I cannot recommend his services enough. From the outset, my goals were clear: improving my organizational skills, enhancing communication, building a reliable reputation, and honing my UI design skills. Larry has been instrumental in helping me achieve these goals. His guidance and expertise have provided valuable context, advice, and practical insights. With his support, I've improved my communication skills, and become more efficient in my UI design approach. What sets Larry apart is his genuine dedication to his mentees. He genuinely cares about their growth and success. His flexibility in accommodating time differences and his willingness to share valuable resources demonstrate his commitment to their development. Overall, I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to work with Larry. His mentorship has been transformative, and I am confident that future mentees will benefit greatly from his knowledge, guidance, and genuine passion for helping others succeed.



5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
4 months

Larry is an invaluable asset to my professional growth and success. His dedication and guidance have played a crucial role in shaping my professional journey and his support has helped me overcome all manner of challenges in a complex and nuanced field

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