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 lead design and development teams with a focus on accessibility and simplicity when it comes to solving problems. I aim to help make our industry more diverse through mentoring, coaching, and promoting the benefits to newcomers.

My passions lay in traveling via motorcycle, camping, web standards, drumming, and petting your dog.

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 designed and built a new platform for digital learning and content creation, Fathom, which is being used by 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.