Harrison Wheeler is a Silicon Valley-based designer with roots in the Midwest. As a design manager at Base CRM, Harrison works with clients around the world to create a better, smarter CRM experience.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Harrison became interested in computers and coding at an early age. After his childhood home was broken into when he was 10, the family received an old computer from his father’s company. Harrison was charged with getting it up and running. From there, he discovered the world of coding.

In 2005, Harrison moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and enrolled at the University of Iowa. He walked on to the Hawkeye football team, began art and design classes, and worked part-time on a marketing and design team. There he discovered that he could marry his coding background with his love for art and innovative design.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design in 2009, Harrison worked in marketing for University Book Stores and Hawk Shops before taking a job as web designer for the University of Iowa Foundation. From there he moved on to XXX in Chicago before landing at Base. Throughout his career he also has developed and maintained a strong freelance client base; one high-profile client included Rush Communications, founded by Russell Simmons.

With Base having agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Kraków, Poland, Harrison spends time between both offices and frequently relies on technology to communicate with clients. In his role as design manager, he crafts a vision both for his team and their clients, working to communicate complex design ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences, and ensuring that products are as effective as they are beautiful.

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