A little bit about me
I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and relocated to Alexandria, Virginia (Washington, DC Metro) a few years ago with my wife after DOMA was overturned. I was the first in my family to go to college and I consider myself a lifelong learner, whether through life experience or continued higher education. I've worked as a soccer referee, customer service representative at Blockbuster and HMV, resident assistant (RA), back shop attendant at a private golf course, ESL teacher in South Korea, administrative assistant, graphic designer, barista, shift supervisor at Starbucks, music blogger, composer agent, music licensing agent, cultural policy researcher, communications strategist, user experience designer, and now—a service design lead. Over the years, I've learned how to make an excellent latte and a curated playlist of composer cues for a dramatic series; develop a viral social media marketing campaign and draft formal comments for the CRTC on behalf of independent artists and labels; design a user-friendly Android app with material design patterns and components, conduct ethnographic research to gather meaningful insights about a community, and establish a new in-house service design practice at a Fortune 500 government-sponsored enterprise (GSE).
During my time at Capital One—and through the relationships I build with colleagues at Adaptive Path—I was fortunate to participate in training opportunities and workshops on visual storytelling, experience mapping, service blueprinting, behavioral design, and systemic design. I've always been willing to learn and try new things, but I've come to realize that my most fulfilling work has involved having an impact on humanity, whether through interactions with my team or colleagues, our clients or customers, my friends and family, or people I meet throughout my life.
My path to a career in design has undoubtedly been circuitous, but the field has evolved to embrace a diverse range of education and experience, and I’m excited about our potential to make a difference in this world through design. Ultimately, I care about helping people and believe that design offers a set of methods and tools to help us create the change we wish to see in the world. Hopefully, this human-centered way of thinking will enable us all to contribute to a more sustainable future for people and the planet. Most recently, I've been delving into systems oriented service design, extending into organizational design and the employee experience.
In 2016, I started working toward a professional doctorate of design (DDes) in transition design at Carnegie Mellon University. Transition design recognizes the need for systems-level thinking and participatory design to effectively create solutions that will lead to more sustainable futures. Over the course of the next three years, I hope to deepen my understanding of positive psychology, organizational design, human resources, employee engagement and development; co-create new ways to understand, evaluate, and reward success; and generate resources for individuals, communities, and organizations to facilitate human-centered organizational change.
I currently lead the service design team at Fannie Mae in Washington, D.C. and am helping to establish their new in-house design capability. In addition to my work in design, I'm also really passionate about strengthening the connection between higher education and industry, and have been heavily involved in campus recruiting, mentoring and public speaking. One of these days, I will find time to start blogging...