They say the things you know color your view of the world. For me, that means approaching most things in my life with a design mindset. This includes a set of ever-evolving values or principles. These ideas guide my day-to-day and inform my work-place decisions.
Balance - To do good work, I rest; To imagine the future, I consult the past; I plan so I can be spontaneous. Extremes lead to overcorrection.
Supportive Collaboration - Diversity of thought and perspective leads to divergent ideas. Teammates and users have a voice. Everyone has something to offer.
Method and Craft - Process is a tool, and tools are only as good as the craftsman. Results speak for themselves.
I enjoy working in multi-disciplary teams that include visual designers, content designers, motion designers, project managers, engineers, and client stakeholders. I have a strong appreciation of the various mentalities these different perspectives bring to the table, and view my role to be that of a conversation-facilitator as much as interaction designer. Project teams with healthy communication habits tend to be better aligned, more engaged, and ultimately more successful.
My management style is heavily influenced by the three values listed above. I strive to facilitate and coach, helping individuals find their own values, voice, and strengths. I hope to guide without molding people in my image. I offer my reports a listening ear, my past experiences, and a different perspective.
While I lack formal design education, my autodidactic tendencies have served me well. I am able to remain flexible in new situations, constantly seeking out or creating methods to fit a situation. Each project gives me an opportunity to refine my understanding of how methods can be tweaked for improved results.
I rely heavily on human-centered design methodologies, tempered with an ability to trust my intuition when the occasion calls for it. In these occasions, I take care to track the assumptions I'm making, looking for opportunities to test them.
My current workflow includes: