Image shows florals blooming during spring.

Learn how to talk to customers, test ideas, and validate hypotheses.

The Early Hunger, 2009, oil and wax on canvas.


Source: Artist Sam Machado.

Volunteering with the Taproot Foundation and the Lab Zero Philanthropy Club

Design process behind-the-scenes

Playful Chef is a cooking set that engages children with fun cooking adventures.


I had the pleasure of working with Playful Chef founder, Lisa Ligon, to redesign and code her website, Here is a behind-the-scenes view of my design process.


Lisa created a cooking set for children ages 3 to 6 in 2005 and licensed the intellectual property rights in 2013 to a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway called Mindware. After the acquisition, she still owned the URL “” and had incentives to direct people to Mindware’s eCommerce site. Her old website was hosted on Wordpress and used an outdated and non-responsive template from 2005. …

Design considerations, thoughts, and feelings

Learning on the go at Dev Bootcamp’s 2016 civic hackathon


  • AJ Grande — Google Map + USDA APIs and jQuery
  • Khalma Phimmachack — GitHub and API pro
  • Simon Situ — Google Map + USDA APIs and jQuery
  • Clayton Hopkins — Pitched idea, UI Design, HTML/CSS


  • Sketch App: I lead design-thinking for the group and mocked up wireframes using Sketch.

On April 7, 2016, I collaborated with two other coders at the DocuSign ’16 Momentum hackathon, where we built an app for Team Rubicon. We won “Best Mobile App Solution” and 2nd place overall.

Learning on the go at DocuSign’s 2016 Momentum hackathon


  • Jessie Black, Developer — C#…

Five ideas that promote diversity in tech in a purple America

Maps of the 2016 US presidential election results, by Mark Newman at the University of Michigan. Shown from left to right: 1) a typical US map colored according to the electoral college at the state level, 2) a map showing shades of red and blue at the county level, and finally 3) a cartogram incorporating color shading and states drawn proportional to the number of their inhabitants. It’s hard to find ways that different perspectives are not helpful and important.


The week after Trump’s presidential election has been, to put it mildly, rough. With so much uncertainty, white nationalist violence, and hateful rhetoric over the past 18 months, people — myself included — are understandably fearful and worried about harassment and basic human rights in Trump’s America.

Three practical tips to advocate for web accessibility

This story is repurposed from my blog post published on on 9/28/16.

“Accessibility is contagious. Once you learn a few basic concepts about making the web more accessible, there’s ‘no going back’ because good design principles go…

Clayton Hopkins

Product designer focused on UX/UI and customer development (he/him)

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