Who is This Guy?
My name is Steve Grobschmidt. I’m a User Experience architect who has been building digital experiences for over 20 years. The journey has taken me from web design to design management to user experience, with points in between.
Along the way, I was so taken by an article about web accessibility that I decided to start a blog following my journey learning about the subject.
For almost 10 years now, TheAccessibility.com has been my forum for sharing insights on user experience, accessibility in particular. I’ve interviewed noteworthy voices, shared news and offered opinions about how important it is to be inclusive in design – making sure products work well for anybody using them.
A Brief History
I’ve always been a creative type. You can read all about it in my series of posts about Creativity. I had aspirations of being a writer for most of my childhood. I wavered on what I wanted to do in the college years, settling in on History and Latin majors with the goal of getting a Master’s and being a history professor.
However, in the late 90’s I became fascinated by that emerging thing called the Internet. I taught myself HTML so I could build my own websites. That helped me land a job at a web design company, Mark Net World (now Trisept Solutions), updating web pages on travel sites.
I enjoyed the medium and made it my career focus. I advanced into web design, creating and building web sites from scratch.
These are just a few of the clients I created designs for:
- United Airlines
- US Airways
- Southwest Airlines
- Universal Parks and Resorts
- Funjet Vacations
I’ve also managed content development and web design teams. I’ve led both people and design initiatives for over 10 years now.
For the past 7+ years, my focus at Johnson Controls has been user experience, leading design initiatives on very complex projects in the building automation world. Most notably, I’ve led an initiative to create a design language system for Johnson Controls, which provides design standards and guidance for all digital products.
And finally, I’m in the home stretch on completing a Master’s Degree in User Experience Design through Kent State.