As an innovation strategist, my experience stems from pairing traditional story theory with agile development methods to deliver more human-centered design. Having started my career in the post production phase of a ten-part documentary on the Vietnam War, followed by a brief stint depicting the adverse effects of US immigration policy in a SoHo portrait photographer's studio, human-centered design has since emerged as a vehicle for applying those lessons—lessons of narrative, composition, and empathy—to the overlooked.
In brief, I'm interested in understanding people. I look to fundamental truths—namely through camera work, data visualization, and writing—to inform that interest.
My experience ranges from specific technical delivery through research and UX design to strategic thinking such as operating model design or change management planning.
Common Outputs: Concept blueprints or interactive prototypes (primarily for digital work), narrative arcs and related media outputs (films, podcasts, photo essays, writing), organizational capability blueprints, data visualizations, and service maps.
Going Forward: I'm looking to build on my specific technical experience in research and concept development by continuing to lead teams, both around specific products and at a broader organizational strategy level.
Despite a varied set of projects, I continue to draw on human-centered because nearly everything I've worked on has involved people as the focus and a problem that has yet to be rigidly defined.
The empahty required, the importance of pattern recognition, and the usefulness of stories are why human-centered design appeals to me. The need to "stay within the question," meanwhile, is personally challenging.
On My Mind
Finding the Middle
The mix of today's partisan politics and a pesonal philosophical uncertainty around how to go about living life—between riding its peaks and valleys or pursuing a steady state—have caused me to wonder about "the middle" and what it might entail for both GDP and quality of life.
At once, cities represent the best and the worst in modern society. Having come from one (Detroit) which went from the former to the latter due in large part to an aversion towards the other, and having lived in another (NYC) which assumed an opposite fate because of its [eventual] embrace of those outsiders, I've since come to believe that cities have the capacity to embody all that we're still capable of—good and bad. As they continue to play host to both, I've become more and more interested in their design.
This topic has also become a gateway through which I think about related issues like public education and the wealth gap.
In the wake of both my personal emerging interest in journalistic writing and the emerging challenges facing our free press, my awareness of that freedom and all that it implies—an informed populace (regardless of the message), a keeper of accountability, even just the general experimentation responsible for furthering ideas-has increased significantly. If the nation's attorneys are on the front lines of the protection of our liberties, our reporters are in the trenches promoting them. I'm interested in how I can contribute.
The Built Environment
A Natural Gravitation
Ever since I first heard Michael Sorkin describe space in this way, I've realized that there are certain built spaces I respond to. Typically, they simultaneously resemble and protect from nature.
Mindfulness has emerged as one of the most fundamental, accessible and elusive parts of my life.
A Pervasive Theme
Whether it's in portraiture, data visualization, or even the transcendant quality of a story, across all of these, at least for me, truth, or at least the pursuit of it, has been a personal thematic (and probably value-based) interest.