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David Putney

Senior Designer


Hi, I'm David. I'm a user experience designer and front-end developer with more than two decades experience designing and building. I started in print, and that led to the digital world with design and UX for websites, apps, and hardware user interfaces. Several Cantina projects that stick out for me include a redesign of the website for Avid, the industry leader in audio and video production technology, and a redesign of the Proximity portal for Navisite, an international provider of enterprise-class, cloud-enabled IT hosting.

I built my first website in 1998 and went on to design and build multiple media websites, as well as cofound a news startup. Design is important to me. When the word "design" is mentioned, people think of something like Apple. But, in truth, everything is designed. Whenever I encounter a website or app or object — or even some sort of experience, such as a crowded restaurant with a chaotic ordering process — I'm always thinking, "Why isn't this better?" and my second thought is, "Why isn't someone making this better?" If someone feels that way about something I designed, then I haven’t done my job properly.

Favorite Quote

Tomorrow, there will be sun. And if not tomorrow, perhaps the day after.

Other Fun Facts

My dream job is to work on special effects at Industrial Light & Magic during the "golden age" of practical effects – the mid-’80s to early 2000s. I am also an avid writer about pop culture, science fiction, and tech.

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