I help design teams launch creative digital products that change the game.

Design Thinking

Agile Design

VUI Design

Data-driven Design

AI and Machine Learning

Managed 25 designers, five teams

Launched startup

Directed major company projects

Creative vision and storytelling

Design Operations

AI in Design

Generative Design

Skills

Strategic Planning and Execution

Led a department-wide initiative that boosted productivity by 50% by implementing innovative strategic planning and effective cross-departmental execution processes.

Design Operations Management

Established and streamlined design operations, cutting project turnaround time by 30%.

Leadership and Team Development

Fostered a dynamic team environment, significantly elevating team satisfaction and performance metrics. Turned 5 designers into Senior Design Managers and one designer in Design Operations Manager.

Cross-functional Collaboration and Leadership

Directed a cross-departmental project that enhanced project efficiency by 25%, fostering stronger collaboration between the design, marketing, and engineering departments.

Creativity and Innovative Thinking

Pioneered unique design solutions that elevated brand visibility and user engagement, leading to a 40% increase in customer satisfaction ratings.

Design Process and Production Improvement

Developed and executed a new design process, boosting production speed by 65% and substantially improving design quality and efficiency.

Data-Driven Decision Making

Utilized data to inform design decisions across all areas including web, product, and motion graphics, introduced new analytical tools, and developed comprehensive customer journey maps to enhance user experience.

OKR Tracking

Implemented and refined OKR systems, leading the team towards focused objectives and improved performance metrics.

Adaptability and Change Management

Steered the team through industry shifts and internal updates, turning challenges into opportunities for innovation and team development, while keeping everyone engaged and forward-focused.

Projects & Experience

Year

Description

2024

Senior Design Director

Don Norman delineates three tiers of emotional design, which are profoundly interrelated and significantly impact design. The three strata of emotional design are outlined thusly

2023

Senior Design Director

Don Norman delineates three tiers of emotional design, which are profoundly interrelated and significantly impact design. The three strata of emotional design are outlined thusly

2022

Senior Design Director

Don Norman delineates three tiers of emotional design, which are profoundly interrelated and significantly impact design. The three strata of emotional design are outlined thusly

2021

Senior Design Director

Don Norman delineates three tiers of emotional design, which are profoundly interrelated and significantly impact design. The three strata of emotional design are outlined thusly

Personal Programs

Design Skills Matrix

01

I started working on the Design Skills Matrix back in 2018 and have been making it better every year. Now, it's at the top of its game. DSM outlines what skills designers need and how to get better at them. It helps everyone grow together and stay sharp in the fast-moving world of design. Interested in a copy? Feel free to reach out.

Design Satisfaction Index

02

The Design Satisfaction Index (DSI) program helps keep design processes running smoothly by checking in on team happiness, how well everyone's getting along, and the quality of the design work. It uses three surveys to gather feedback from project partners, designers, and to evaluate the work itself. This setup quickly shows what's working great and where there might be room to tweak things and do even better.

Creative Production Flow

03

My job is all about letting designers do their thing—create. I want them to spend most of their time designing, not getting stuck in all the extra stuff. So, I've set up a system where every team that works with us fits into one flow. It keeps everything running smoothly so our designers can focus on being creative and everyone can do their best work without getting lost in the weeds.

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Articles & Talks

Speaker

2020

Adobe Max

I share why implementing an agile methodology boosts design productivity, and how we led a company-wide initiative to launch a rebrand with a completely remote team.

Speaker

2021

Adobe Summit

Inspire Creativity: Collaboration with Remote Design Teams

Speaker

2021

How Design Live

Inspire Remote Creativity: How Collaborative Work Management Brings Design Teams Together While Apart

Speaker

2022

Adobe Max

Getting Design Done: How to Manage Projects Less and Create More

Article

2020

Brand Refresh

Read on to learn more about how the Wrike brand refresh design came out.

Article

2021

Tips for leaders

How to save your design team 275 hours of work every week.

Approach to Design Leadership

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Asset

25%

Srategic Vision and Prioritization

My approach involves a keen focus on developing overarching strategies that are not only visionary but also meticulously executable. Balancing high-level planning with attention to detail ensures our projects not only commence with clarity but also conclude with measurable success.

20%

Strategic Development

Leadership, in my view, is about nurturing talent and fostering an environment where collaboration is the cornerstone of innovation. By empowering my team and promoting a culture of mutual respect and shared goals, we achieve exceptional outcomes together.

15%

Collaboration

I champion an iterative design process, valuing continuous improvement through user and stakeholder feedback. This process allows us to refine and perfect our work, ensuring it meets both user expectations and business objectives with precision.

15%

Design Operations

My role involves ensuring that our operational processes enhance, rather than inhibit, creative exploration. By streamlining workflows and removing inefficiencies, we maintain a balance between creative freedom and project discipline.

10%

Continuous learning

Staying abreast of industry trends and technological advancements is fundamental to my professional philosophy. This commitment not only fuels personal growth but also enriches the team's knowledge base, driving innovation and keeping us at the forefront of our field.

10%

Planning

Reflective analysis and forward-looking planning are integral to my leadership style. By evaluating our progress and outcomes, we pave the way for strategic advancements, ensuring continuous improvement and adaptation to new challenges.

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