If you are looking for a few words to describe me, it would be something like digital product design generalist. I have a passion for understanding how people interact with technology, and I love to make them better ways to do so. I'm an optimist, and I believe that technology has a powerful potential to help us all do amazing things and move humanity forward.
I believe that good design is functional and easy to understand, but great design is impactful and delightful. Success in design is achieved not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to remove.
These days, as the sole designer at a small startup, I spend most of my time doing product research, designing interfaces, and coding them. Yes, I'm a designer who codes. You know, the stuff described in the industry as "product design." It's a complex (and valuable) mix of UX and UI design with some business strategy, system design, copywriting, creative and art direction, critical thinking, information architecture, and problem-solving.
Whether as a lead or manager, I strive to help companies create the conditions for design to flourish, fostering design culture and vision, refining strategies, and de-risking projects. I love to develop systems, frameworks, and processes so the groups of people I work with can operate better, be more creative and productive, and feel happier, appreciated, valued, and empowered to do their best work.
Here is an incomplete summary of skills: design leadership, organization design, design processes, systems thinking, product strategy, design strategy, product design, interaction design, visual design, creative and art direction, recruiting and hiring, coaching and mentorship, performance management, team-building, cross-functional leadership, and collaboration.
I also build an employee engagement tool called Niko so everyone at any level in a company — from interns to the CEO — can submit, vote on, and respond to questions and suggestions. It helps companies preserve organizational knowledge and expose history and decision-making. I'm an armchair organizational psychologist, so if you want to talk about that, get in touch.
I got started in tech running a web design and development consultancy for amazing clients in the restaurant, bar, and wine industries. Before getting into tech, I worked as a geophysicist - no kidding. I'm an all-around nice guy too! I'm a dad, main squeeze, gypsy jazz pompeur, off-piste skier, sailor, skater, pedaler, kook surfer, furniture maker, ceramicist, baker, and cook.