I'm Austen Ezzell,
Creative Director –
Digital Experience
at Cinco Design.

I believe that we can create positive change through design.

My dream is to be part of a team that blurs the boundaries between art, design and technology to solve problems that have impact on the quality of our lives.

At Cinco, we create the ideas, platforms, products, and experiences that make progressive brands thrive. We’re a team of design thinkers, from strategists to developers, focused on fostering conversations between brands and their audiences.

My education and working experience have given me a solid foundation in marketing, technology, and design. I have a BS in economics and experience in design, user experience and development. I have worked with clients including Nike, Microsoft, Nixon, Gogoro, Electronic Arts, Anki, Nextbit, Boa, Bonds, AMP and more.

I rely on a constantly evolving user-centered design process that champions user needs through prototyping, learning and collaboration. I get excited about focused and smart design solutions and my favorite digital experiences are the ones that contain refinements to the things that most people don't notice at first glance. I think good UX conveys emotion and helps define relationships between brands and users.

I was born and raised in Laguna Beach California. I grew up immersed in the arts, sports (mostly soccer) and surf culture. Today I live and work in Portland Oregon with my wife Lauren, my son Everett and my Newfoundland dog Maggie Mae. When not at work, I spend most my time chasing my son around the living room or a ball around the soccer field. I also work on several personal projects including The World’s Game, an ongoing photography collection of soccer pitches around the globe.

An editorial shopping experience for The James Brand.

My Role: Creative Direction

The crew at Cinco and I helped The James Brand find the right balance between shopping and story telling.


Introducing a director whose work speaks for itself.

My Role: UX / UI / Development / Photography

I partnered with Travis to create a platform that enables him to showcase his work and tell the story behind the stories.


Experience the all new Boa.

My Role: UX / UI

Cinco helped Boa establish a new brand position through strategy, messaging, brand identity, visual language and digital experience.


Introducing the world's first smartscooter.

UX, UI and Art Direction on componants of gogoro.com

Cinco worked closely with Gogoro's team to build their brand messaging and digital experience.

Smart utility for action sports.

My Role: UX / UI of watch face

With emphasis on glanceability and contextual notifications, we took what was most important to riders and designed watch faces that stayed true to Nixon's design ethos.

Can a connected smart device help you disconnect?

My Role: UX / UI

Cinco created a device that helps us control the rhythm of our day, keeps us connected to what's important and limits our reliance on screens.

Introduce the world's first cloud based smartphone.

My Role: UX / UI

Cinco helped Nextbit clarify, craft and deliver their message using a staged approach that allowed us to quickly iterate, test, observe and learn from our users.

Photo diary.

My Role: Photography

My photo diary.