I'm Joe Donato and I create user interfaces, mobile apps, and websites.
Your brand is your business. I can help improve how your business is perceived and how it affects your bottom line.
Whether it’s a mobile presence, or a full blown user interface. Tap my creative noodle to get in the palm of peoples hands.
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“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” - Steve Jobs
Joe Donato is a multidisciplinary designer with a focus on graphic design, web development, and mobile application design. Hailing from the rainy city of Seattle he currently develops a number of mobile applications for AllRecipes.com and its parent company Meredith.
Graphic Design, Mobile Application Design (Android, iPhone, iPad), CSS, Html and Website Development, Video, Animation, Typography, Game Design, Sound Design, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, Wire Framing, UI Design, Branding and Identity, Communication Skills, Graphic Production, Project Management, Presentation Skills ,and Client Management.
Adobe Creative Suite, Html/CSS, WordPress, Html 5 Animation, Java/JQuery, User Experience Design, Responsive Design, iOS and Android prototyping.
Joe Donato is focused on developing modern & functional identities and User interfaces.He has extensive experience working with application and website creation, copy writing, branding, and SEO optimization, style guides & graphic production.
“Design is a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy.” — Erik Adigard
T-mobile's MyTouch custom UI
Codenamed Espresso, this custom UI was built into a the family of MyTouch Phones
MyAccount is an app I designed that let's users track minutes and pay their T-mobile bill
“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” — Albert Einstein
Get Inspired! With Allrecipes official iPad app.
Not sure what’s for dinner? The Allrecipes Dinner Spinner mobile app serves up surprise dish ideas with a shake of the phone—Windows Phone, that is. Allrecipes didn’t just adapt this clever app for Windows Phone 7, we tapped into our deep understanding of the Metro design language and Windows Phone technology to create an intuitive, interactive cooking resource unique to Windows Phone 7. Then we added a few exclusive features that other platform users might envy—such as the ability to disable screen lock when viewing a recipe while preparing a meal. With the positive reviews mounting, this app is sure to become a favorite on the Windows Phone 7 marketplace.
Get Inspired! With Allrecipes official iPad app.
Beautifully designed, Your Kitchen Inspiration inspires you to cook – with powerful menu options for ingredients, dish type, even cuisine and occasion that bring up all the right recipes.
Find the perfect dish!
•When you already know what recipe you want, use powerful search options to access more than 45,000 member-tested recipes:
•Ingredients to specifically include or exclude
•Dietary restrictions like gluten free, low carbs, or low sodium
•Search recipes by course, cooking method, or prep time.
•Filter your results by popularity or member rating!
We even remember your past searches if you want to look for other dishes meeting your same search criteria in your next use of the app!
Like having the world’s best recipe book in your pocket!
You would be surprised that it has taken Allrecipes.com this long to create a mobile version of it’s website. But when metrics revealed the future of our traffic is going to be a majority of mobile just in a number of years, it was a clear call to make a mobile friendly version.Over the past few years, mobile web usage has considerably increased to the point that companies can no longer afford to ignore it.
Taking a dive into responsive web design where content can be viewed seamlessly across multiple devices and form factors is the number objective to create m.allrecipes.com (best viewed on a mobile device). The mobile web reintroduces several issues that have been largely ignored in recent years. First, even with 4G networks, bandwidth becomes a serious issue for mobile consumers, so small graphic sizes and no splash screens are a necessity. Which isn’t the case when designing mobile applications. Combine these issues with cross-platform compatibility problems, and it isn’t hard to see how mobile development is a lot like ‘stepping backwards in time’. Even with these limitations allrecipes.com mobile website is still a perfect companion for checking shopping lists or browsing recipes on the go!
Take the world’s #1 food website everywhere you go—FREE.
The bulk of my work right now revolves around this little beauty pictured above called Dinner Spinner. Dinner Spinner comes in two flavors Dinner Spinner Free and Dinner Spinner Pro. With over 11 Million downloads between all of the Allrecipes mobile products it keeps me pretty busy. The basic concept of the app is that you can select dish type, ingredients, and ready in and the spinner will randomize recipes by these three categories. In addition to the spinner the app has a featured section, favorites, search, shopping list, and settings. The app itself has over 40,000 top rated recipes all submitted by users. You can upload photos of recipes or share them with friends. Dinner Spinner is available on iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 7. We have just ported it over to work on Android tablets and the Kindle Fire.
The search section has a number of dietary filters including: vegetation, vegan, no dairy, no wheat, high fiber, low fat, low sodium, and low carbs. So you can easily find low fat, low sodium chicken recipes in seconds.
Fresh * Seasonal * Delicious
Taste of Home In Season is a free application that is available on iPhone, iPad, and Android. My initial though was wouldn’t it be great if a user could automatically get recipes based on what’s in season to their location? In Season does just that. Select your state and this app will automatically tell you what’s in season for this time of year and your location and feed a list of great recipes. Taste of Home is a leading food magazine and website with a large customer base.
In addition to what’s in season you can also browse by collection. Collections are a group of recipes that relevant to the time of year you are in. Father’s Day recipes, 4th of July, Get Grilling, and Taste of Summer are all currently available. Collection will be added throughout the year. We also added a number of search filters. Need to make a chicken dish in less than 20 minutes? Do you have special dietary needs? No problem this app will search all the recipes.
Get the latest buzz
Social Buzz is the app to keep all your social networks in one place. This app keeps you plugged into Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. You can see the latest updates, check your messages, post comments, message, and upload photos. Follow status updates as they happen and see new photos, tweets and posts on the fly. Plus, you can respond instantly with comments, messages, @replies and more. Social Buzz comes already preloaded on select T-mobile phones.
The idea is to bring your favorite social networks into a single place rather than all these separate apps taking up precious space on your phone memory. In addition to the android version there is also a windows 7 version.
Get FREE on-the-go access to your T-Mobile account!
MyAccount was the first mobile application I designed when the first android phone was available on T-mobile’s network back in 2009. At T-mobile I was directly responsible for the visual and UI design of MyAccount, a mobile application to help T-mobile user manage the details of their own accounts. It’s features included:
• View voice minutes, messages, and data used and remaining.
• If you are on a Family plan, check usage for all lines on your account.
• See bill amount, due date and details.
• Pay your monthly bill from your phone and view payment history.
• View your plan details and add or change services.
• Track events such as plan changes, billing activities, handset order status and more.
• Set Alert notifications for minute usage, bill due date and more.
• Get quick access to Device tools such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, screen brightness settings and more.
• Access support information and troubleshooting tools—tap ‘Menu’ button on your device, and then select “My Device”.
It was T-mobile first mobile app ever created and I was honored to be on it’s team. MyAccount remained the number one downloaded application in the Android Marketplace for over a year and the application was directly responsible for reducing calls to customer care and increased sales of Callertunes by 300%. At the time MyAccount had an install base of over 3 million active users.
good design is obvious. Great design is transparent - Joe Sparano