About me

“Eventually everything connects -- people, ideas, objects, etc., ... the quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.”

--Charles Eames

Charles was correct -- good design is rooted in quality, and quality itself has everything to do with the connections a designer can create.


As a multi-disciplinary designer, I aim to make rich and meaningful connections between human beings, the ideas we have, and the tools we use. In that synthesis of the ideal, the subjective, and the technological, the world can change.

At Salesforce and Microsoft, at various startups such as Manufacton and Vorto.ai, and everywhere in between, I’ve brought together this ideal-and-grounded process to shape everything from product to UX and to content. I use HCI thinking and design strategy, UXR, IxD, and cross-functionality to shape tools. I love what I get to do.

When I’m not designing, I love to read, write, and learn new stuff. I enjoy being outside in the Colorado sunshine and doing dad stuff with my kids.

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Get in Touch

The best way to get in touch with me is via email: jsappel at gmail dot com

Hit me up and let’s talk design!