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John Wayne Hill is a Design Leader with 15+ years of experience; a Woodworker with 3+ years experience, and a photographer with 9+ years experience.

Product and Experience Design Leader

portrait of John Wayne Hill, a San Francisco Product Designer, in black and white; a man with medium hair and shaved sides with a long beard wearing a black t-shirt

Design leader experienced in leading, hiring, and growing teams for new products & spaces. Drives concepting, vision, and execution across platforms.

As a designer I’ve worked since the early 2000’s to bring information, entertainment, products, experiences and more to life. I’ve worked at Design Agencies, freelance, Fortune 500 companies, and startups. Some examples of companies I’ve worked for and with are Ancestry, True, Idean (now Frog), Stimulant, Indiana University, Punchcut, Amazon, Samsung, Google, Microsoft, and more.

View my full Design Resume and Experience.

Woodworker & Furniture Maker

John Wayne Hill of DeathGhost Studios

As a woodworker for the past 3 years I have designed and created tables, custom desks, a small greenhouse, book cases, custom cabinets, and small items for around the house. My most popular items are a bread cutting board and tree trunk side tables.

For more information or to order custom furniture please visit


Portrait of John Wayne Hill a photographer

I got started and hooked on photography early in collage. Being able to see, capture, and create beauty in the world was a captivating feeling. Behind the camera I can quite any anxiety and focus my attention on the subject. I also really enjoy portrait photography as it allows me to get to know something about a person and try to bring it out for that specific portrait.

For more information or to book a photo session please visit

Achievements & Awards

  • Growing AncestryDNA from 3M to 15+M customers
  • Bringing AncestryDNA Traits to market, selling 5+M upgrades and kits
  • Overhauling iOS app to 4.8 rating and 500k DAU
  • 2017 Red Dot Award
  • 2014 Interpretive Interactive Installations Award
  • 2013 GOLD | Event Design Awards


M. S. Human-Computer Interaction Design

Indiana University | Bloomington, IN

B. S. Informatics

Indiana University | Bloomington, IN