Jay Contonio

Design & Technical Direction

I've been working professionally in the web industry for sixteen years, starting with websites and flyers for punk-rock and hardcore bands in the late '90s, which led to creating digital experiences for government agencies and the Fortune 500.

I'm a motorcycle enthusiast, musician, and dog lover. And I lead award-winning design and development teams with a focus on accessibility and simplicity. In the last three years I've led, from concept to deployment, the user experience and development of a platform now used to educate employees at Starbucks, FedEx, and more.

I live in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

Work history


Technical Director

I resurrected the technical team at Mindspace starting in 2013, helping take Mindspace from a traditional marketing agency with some web skills to an award-winning product and services company working with some of the best clients in the world.

Our team created a new platform for digital learning and content creation, Fathom, which is being used by hundreds of thousands of users at companies like Starbucks, FedEx, and Avnet today.



Design Director

I was an early employee at Seabourne, hired to lead all design and user experience for our products. What started with the big relaunch of FCC.GOV and the first open-government content API, turned into creating data visualization and analytic software for some awesome partners.


Berlin Cameron

Interactive Director

I was hired to create the Interactive Department at Berlin Cameron. It was my first taste of the agency world and working in New York. Here is where I began to manage teams of designers, developers, and producers to create interactive projects and banner campaigns for a great variety of clients.


HomeFront Communications

Sr. Front-end Developer

As the front-end development lead at HomeFront I was able to work on large-scale websites for many an organization in DC. I helped standardize development practices, be the liaison between design and technology teams, and hone my front-end skills at what was then the beginning of the move towards Javascript and Web Standards from Flash.