Josh Turk. Product designer, dog lover, space camp alumnus.

I'm deeply dedicated to designing useful, usable products. My reward is happy customers.

I'm an independent consultant and product designer who enjoys digging deep to solve user problems. Most recently, I was Director of Design & UX at New York Magazine. Before that, I worked for The New York Times on a team dedicated to developing and communicating product design strategy throughout the organization. We built a few cool things as well along the way.

To see my previous roles, you can view my CV here.

You can find a few additional projects here as well.


Recent Work

Here's a small sample of my work from the past few years. Looking for something specific? Just ask!

Goal Satisfaction in News Topics

The New York Times

Readers are short on time, but still want to be more knowledgeable on topics of concern. We set out to help them reach relevant content faster, while empowering them to achieve their goals of becoming more informed.


NYT Quick Reads

The New York Times

Data showed that the average session length of The Times' mobile apps was only three and a half minutes. Further research indicated that our users were accessing the app during "idle moments" that they fill in between other tasks. We saw an opportunity to help our users find and consume content of interest more easily in this short time frame.


Incentivizing User Registration

The New York Times

Many mobile web readers turn to The Times when they have short windows of time to fill in between other tasks. Whether they do this to stay informed or just check in throughout the day, one common frustration is that there are few cues to help them manage that time effectively.


Reuters Next

Thomson Reuters

Reuters Next was an ambitious overhaul of their consumer news platform designed to deliver professional-grade news, opinion, and analysis directly to an audience of affluent business professionals. Our challenge was to create a truly immersive design experience that actively engaged users with information they could act upon coupled with an improved and fully integrated advertiser opportunities.


Experience Design Diagrams

The New York Times

As part of our strategic framework, we adopted a set of expereince principles designed to explore the emotions and perceptions of our users. By tapping into users' innate psychological needs we were able to design experiences that were more personal, meaningful and memorable.


Time.com Redesign

Time, Inc

Reuters Next was an ambitious overhaul of their consumer news platform designed to deliver professional-grade news, opinion, and analysis directly to an audience of affluent business professionals. Our challenge was to create a truly immersive design experience that actively engaged users with information they could act upon coupled with an improved and fully integrated advertiser opportunities.


MarketWatch Mobile

Dow Jones

MarketWatch, part of The Wall Street Digital Network, is a premiere destination for business news, personal finance information, real-time commentary and investment tools and data. I lead the redesign of their mobile platform to bring enhanced investing news, market analysis and real-time market data to business professionals.


Various Logos & Illustrations

Professional & Personal

Occasionally, I'll catch the illustration bug. Here's the result of some of those moments.

Some basic principles I apply to my work.

Empathy

Build shared understanding of customers and product features

Validation

Test solutions early with real users to inform decision-making

Speed

Learn lessons quickly so you can pursue many ideas

Collaboration

Work together as a colocated, dedicated team

You never call anymore.

Need help with a new project? Want to collaborate on something? Or just talk string theory? I'd love to hear from you.