About

Derek Balmer

I’m a seasoned product designer with a passion for creating accessible, engaging, and delightful digital experiences.

I kicked off my career designing apps and video games for clunky mobile phones with tiny screens. This was four years before the iPhone. Quite a lot has changed since then. Over the course of my career I’ve developed a multi-disciplinary skillset encompassing graphic design, standards-based web design, and product design.

I’ve worked with tiny startups, global corporations, and everything in between. For several years I ran my own studio, Hold Fast Creative; and had the pleasure of working with clients such as Cava, Disney, Mammoth Lakes Trails, and Quinn Acoustics. I thrive in opportunities which enable me to do meangingul work that tackles complex problems.

I’m currently a Staff Product Designer at Teladoc Health, leading the design efforts of our platform design system.

Outside of work I’m busy raising two incredible humans with my amazing wife. We call Colorado home and can usually be found at the motocross track, on the slopes, or getting lost in the mountains somewhere.

This site is published with Statamic, hosted by WebFaction, and the fonts in use are Multiple Sans & Slab by Latinotype.

Awards

2009

Apple Design Award

AccuTerra for iPhone: Best iPhone OS 3.0 Beta Application - 2009 Winner

2006

BREW Developer Award

RealTone JukeBox™: Best Ringtone Application

Experience

2020–Current

Teladoc Health

Staff Product Designer // Creating a new standard in the global delivery, access and experience of healthcare.

2019–2020

Livongo Health

Senior Product Designer // Whole person digital health platform empowering people with chronic conditions to live better and healthier lives.

Acquired 2020, Teladoc

2015–2019

myStrength

Creative Director // Digital behavioral health platform providing evidence-based tools and resources to extend care, improve outcomes, and reduce costs.

Acquired 2019, Livongo Health

2012–2014

RoundPegg

Senior Designer // Culture management software to help organizations hire for culture fit

2007–2012

Hold Fast Creative

President // Boutique agency specializing in branding, sites, and apps for startups

2007–2008

Kick Start Mobile

Co-founder, Creative Director // Mobile application development studio

2003–2007

9 Squared

Creative Director // One of the first mobile content distributors in the United States

Acquired 2007, Zed Group