Neal Ellis

Product design work

Arkit 2013 – 2016

How do you manage hundreds of projects and collaborate on thousands of details spread across a geographic area? Arkit is a user-friendly, map-based project collaboration app for professionals in energy, environmental and engineering fields. I was responsible for all product design and most front-end code across 13 releases, including a complete redesign in 2014, and helped grow Arkit from first MVP to a robust app loved by a growing community of happy users. arkit.io

Concept designs for an Arkit mobile app, featuring an intelligent welcome summary of tasks and project activity.
Concept designs for an Arkit mobile app, featuring an intelligent welcome summary of tasks and project activity.
The Arkit project map, with the activity stream of recent updates and the project filter to control what work is visible.
The Arkit site map, presenting project details and tools alongside visualized geospatial information.
The Arkit dashboard, designed for quick access to key project details like ownership, assigment, share status, and active budget usage.
A basic Arkit style guide, defining a framework for consistent interface design including color palette, typography, panel transparency, button elements and form inputs.
The original Arkit interface in 2013, built by freelance designers using a mix of off-the-shelf libraries.
Wireframes for Arkit’s redesign, showing flexible panels designed to collapse and expand.
Process diagram to determine possible layering of map, overlay, panel, tool, and message elements.

Snapmix 2013 – 2016

I have fond memories of making mixtapes and burning CDs with favorite songs to share. Could an app capture that experience, and keep it simple, fun, and social? Snapmix is a personal project that celebrates hand-crafted playlists. It started as a prototype web app I designed and built in 2013, and more recently I've been playing with designs for a mobile app.

Concepts for a Snapmix mobile app, featuring a colorful but text-based interface that keeps visual emphasis on the album artwork.
Concepts for a Snapmix mobile app, featuring a colorful but text-based interface that keeps visual emphasis on the album artwork.
The Snapmix experience has three key sections — You, Friends, and Explore — each differentiated by a different color.
The Snapmix experience has three key sections — You, Friends, and Explore — each differentiated by a different color.

LittlePage 2013

Environmental reports require the careful preparation and presentation of vast amounts of data, and can take a team months to complete. LittlePage replaces inefficient, ad-hoc processes with an integrated set of tools and an organized workflow, helping users create better reports, and finish faster. I handled all design work, from first concepts to shipped front-end code.

The LittlePage dashboard presents each report project as a workflow comprised of six colored sections, with visual indicators to show progress towards completion.
While working on a report, its six colored sections are accessible in the header, along with the sequence of forms within the current section.
Forms in LittlePage are designed for clean readability when entering or viewing information, with placeholder text that transitions into a label once a value is entered.

Carob 2014

Many popular blogging tools complicate the writing experience with content management tools, presentation settings, or social and community features. I designed and built Carob as a personal exercise in playful minimalism, to create a simple, clean writing app.

Writing in Carob is a direct, uncluttered experience. The only visible tools are simple formatting options that appear when text is selected.
The dashboard puts the emphasis on writing something new, or editing past posts.
New users are welcomed with an example blog post that introduces them to Carob and lets them try the tools.


Thanks for checking out some of my work, and there’s more on Dribbble as well. I’m currently looking for new opportunities in the Bay Area — if you’d like to chat, please get in touch and let’s grab a coffee. ☕ 👋

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