Hi, my name is Adam Ruf.
I'm a UX designer who codes.
I help teams deliver smiles.

Pyramids representing the hierarchy of user needs, as described by Aaron Walter in his book, Designing for Emotion. From bottom to top: Functional, Reliable, Usable, & Pleasurable

Who Am I?

I'm Adam Ruf, SF-based full-stack UX Designer, and member of the Design team at Twitch where I help people save time and have fun achieving their streaming goals.

After hours, when I'm not mentoring the next generation of UX designers, I support entrepreneurs with freelance UX strategy and end-to-end design support.

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How I Help

I help teams achieve their product or service design goals through lean user research and design strategy, focusing on rapid prototype development to quickly learn what works, what doesn't, and why.

I also provide mentorship for startups and individual designers growing their design cultures and careers, respectively.

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What's New?

Nov 24
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you're enjoying something special today. :-)

Oct 18
Tomorrow I'm mentoring at UXNight in SF (10/19)! I highly recommend it for designers, entrepreneurs, and app developers to get actionable feedback from design experts. Hope to see you there!

Recent Side Projects

Cannaly website

Shifting perceptions of Cannaly through a website redesign

Cannaly's a tech startup providing a marketplace platform for manufacturers and retailers of cannabis-infused products. Working with the founders, I leveraged proven content strategies, like social proof, repeated CTAs, and imagery to help visitors better understand Cannaly's offering.

Tool for creating fast and fun user dialogue flows

I wanted a faster way to create attractive user dialogue flows than using Sketch, so I built a simple MVP that allows UX designers to create a dialogue flow between a user and an app and then print to PDF or paper to share with stakeholders.

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