I'm a systems thinker. Give me a pattern and I'll give you a framework. Give me a framework and I'll give you a smile. I've always had a passion for making things, but most notably things that function, things you use, rather than admire. That's how I approach my craft – be it making interactions flows performing and extensible, structuring the most efficient approach for a project or defining an effective interview process.
Leading teams and working as a Product Designer for the past several years has allowed me to exercise and nurture this passion, scaling it to companies and large audiences.
I live in San Francisco with my lovely, talented wife, our adorable baby daughter and the cutest dog in the world.
I'm undoubtedly a generalist, and love to learn new skills as I need them. This allows me to engage in projects through all phases, and has also proven itself extremely valuable when leading people: I can confidently manage functions (such as UX Research and Communication Design) which don't directly overlap with my specialty as a Product Designer.
Attributes I'd highlight:
- I actually love helping people grow, understanding what makes people tick and in supporting them to achieve their goals.
- Fine-tuned product sense: I take great pride in my ability to bridge business needs, technical constraints and user satisfaction, though diligent user experience work.
- Process orientation, which means me and my teams can consistently achieve great results, and continuously iterate on how to get there.
- Strong technical skills: while I have more fun in the front-end, especially with rapid prototyping, I can code full stack apps. This lets me engage with engineers at a deeper level, leading to more trust and productive conversations.
I've spent plenty of time trying to identify what seems to be the best foundation for success in design, other than an empowering process. Today, these seem the most valuable to me:
- Empathy is the most important skill a designer can have.
- Always work at right level of fidelity: don't waste any time, don't marry ideas, don't worry about throwing stuff away.
- Validate obsessively, be it qualitatively or quantitatively.
- Be deliberate, don’t leave anything to chance or default settings.
- Continuously challenge your assumptions and previous decisions.
I try to keep a fairly up to date resume on LinkedIn.