I work across the entire design lifecycle, from facilitating design sprints to collaborating with large teams on product redesigns. As a design generalist, I help clients hone their product strategy, identify validation approaches, prototype ideas, and create production-ready design systems.
With past experience in systems architecture, I am able to work closely with developers to define data models and make designs that anticipate development constraints. And I'm knowledgeable enough in front-end languages to build static content sites and functional prototypes.
My dream project? Redesigning the Library of Congress's photo archive.
I'm skeptical about process the same way I'm skeptical about ideological thinking: it's often used as a way to avoid thinking, and causes people to ignore context and local nuance.
That said, I admire two approaches to product work: the Lean Startup methodology, which emphasizes continuous discovery and hypothesis validation, and the Jobs to Be Done framework, which defines the value of products based on needs they meet or activities they support.
Though my actual approach varies from project to project, I nearly always do some version of these three things:
Recently I've been using Whimsical for diagramming, wireframing, and low-fidelity prototyping, Figma for higher-fidelity prototyping and design production, Principle for animations and transitions, Airtable for design documentation, and Notion for general project documentation.
I like to read, and books themselves have become my standard for product design. I want to make digital things that are as easy to handle and learn from as a good book: accessible, durable, self-contained, unobtrusive, words and images in harmony, information presented in sequence with enough context, nice to look at for lengths of time, designed at a human scale. A vessel of generosity from author to reader.
I take cues from the Bauhaus school of thought that emphasized close attention to form for the sake of content, prototyping early and often, and a practical familiarity with the methods and materials of production. I count among my influences Bret Victor, Edward Tufte, Pamela Pavliscak, and Jonathan Corum. More inspiring folks here.