Wed, Aug 10 2016 – 09:00 AM
I started my career in the field of user experience (before it was a thing) for a good 10 years leading research and design projects. I got to work with large companies who wanted a jolt of high-voltage energy and insight and smaller startups who had the passion for UX, but needed the strategy and actual designs to move the needle.
Six years ago I redesigned my career. Although I enjoyed the research/design projects, I loved teaching even more. One by one, I met incredible people and organically built an agency that was driven to partner with clients and design a better world. And while doing so, I was inspired to up my game:
Motivate Design (started in 2009) is now a ~30 person UX-led innovation agency, and our reputation for being nice, smart, fun people is one of the things I’m most proud of in my life.
UX Hires (2010) is our recruiting and staffing firm with recruiters who I personally train to take care of the UX community and build strong in-house UX teams. Because of us, talented people have been matched with forward thinking companies—a huge win.
Both grew almost exclusively on word-of-mouth and referrals. The great work won us a spot on the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies list two years in a row, and an invitation to the YEC and NYC Venture Fellows.
But running companies is only a part of it. It’s really important for me to give back. The team motivated me to write Reframe: Shift the way you work, innovate, and think (2015) and create the WIT Studio – a creative workshop that allows anybody to solve business problems with a simplified version of design thinking. This is my 7th year teaching at Parsons. I speak at conferences and write for Forbes and Fast Company to help others understand why design matters. Also, we are creating the UI/UX curriculum for the NYC Code + Design Academy.
Wed Aug 10, 2016 - 09:00 AM