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What’s up, and what’s next
By now, you’ve probably gotten the professional lowdown on me. So, you might be wondering what I like to do in my spare time. Here’s the spot for past and current highlights.
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Creative direction    •    Supervision    •    UX Design    •    UI Design    •    Systems Design    •    Creative direction    •    Supervision    •    UX Design    •    UI Design    •    Systems Design    •    
What’s up, and what’s next
By now, you’ve probably gotten the professional lowdown on me. So, you might be wondering what I like to do in my spare time. Here’s the spot for past and current highlights.
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IN 2023
I wrote, spoke, and streamed—starting to see the AV connection? Here’s a look at the moments that capture a bit of the man behind the monitor. That’s your cue to crank up those speakers!
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REVISION PATH PODCAST INTERVIEW

I was invited onto the highly-regarded Revision Path Podcast—episode #534, to be exact. Host Maurice Cherry and I had a wide-ranging conversation about design, the industry, and the future.
“Color, scale, contrast, repetition, light texture—those things can apply to interior design, print design, furniture design—so I very much see that I will be in some creative space. Now, which one that is in the future, I’m not sure. For the time being, it will definitely be product design.”
—Jonathan Patterson
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INTERACTION DESIGN DETROIT

I took the stage at Detroit's 1st annual Interaction Design Day. There were engaging panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and presentations, including mine (details below.) Though the event wasn’t recorded, the microsite memorializes it.
My presentation entitled How to Stop Ghosting Your Side Projects contained a mix of eye-opening insights, practical tips, and tools for product designers to make sure never again would their side project go from start to stagnation.

FOR CLIENTS AND DESIGNERS ALIKE

WHAT I WROTE
Whether you’re a client in search of top-notch product design services or a fellow designer seeking insights into the field, there’s something here for everyone. And just so you know, these insights go beyond the year 2023.
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June 2024
INSIGHTS FOR CLIENTS

ENSURING DESIGN COMPLEMENTS, NOT COMPLICATES, YOUR PITCH

How do you put all those investor pitch deck best practices into action?  It's not just what you say, but how you show it. I'm talking essential slides, smart data design, and more. Let me walk you through how to make your pitch stick for all the right reasons.
June, 2024
INSIGHTS FOR CLIENTS

When Interfaces Know Just What to Say

Ever felt like your software truly understands you? From customizable dashboards to AI-driven insights, see how perspectives like “we,” “I,” and “you” transform interactions. Whether it’s a workspace adapting to your preferences or a system speaking directly to you, the right words can make all the difference.
February 13, 2024
INSIGHTS FOR DESIGNERS

Foresight is Your Creative Compass

Success in business and life often depends on anticipating the future. Beyond a learning mindset and adaptability, it's about foresight—key in freelancing. What does this look like? Here’s a story from my early freelance days shows how it shapes creative success.
January 22, 2024
INSIGHTS FOR CLIENTS

Why I’m Not the Product Designer You’re looking for

You’re a recruiter tasked with finding a product designer for a company ready to launch a new product or beef up their team. Ever reached out to myriad Product Designers with connection requests that were met with declines? Well, there’s a plausible reason, and it might not be entirely on you.
August 21, 2023
INSIGHTS FOR DESIGNERS

Who’s Disrupting Now? The Endless Cost of Being a Product Designer.

Less than about a decade ago, to be a designer you just needed the graphics program of your choice, an email client, and perhaps an internet connection. Software that many of us used to do our jobs like Photoshop, and Illustrator, were still under the Creative Suite moniker and cost “only” $699 out-the-door. A great deal has changed since then.
February 7, 2022
INSIGHTS FOR DESIGNERS

Why Product Designers Must Write

Is writing part of a product designer’s job? Sure, our expertise is designing products with engaging experiences — whether it’s researching, understanding audiences or creating wireframes. Our work also includes providing development specs and creating high-fidelity UIs. But to write? Someone else will do that…right? Think again.
June 2, 2021
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How to Make a Product Design Portfolio that Gets You Hired

What are today’s companies looking for when hiring a product designer? Yes, your ability to create bespoke experiences and interfaces is one portion. But there’s another level to the portfolios that make it in front of large technology firms like Google or the hiring managers and heads of product...

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WHAT I STREAMED
As a true cultural connoisseur, here’s what kept me captivated, crying, and howling. If you've watched or are interested in these picks, consider that another positive signal. Ready for a screen share? No Google Meet or Zoom required.
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1670

This brilliantly witty period satire is a must-see. Plus it has great cinematography.
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The Nest

A drama about uncovering truths. Like me, it values transparency.
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Captain Fall

This twisting and turning cartoon made me blush (and that’s pretty hard to do.)
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Shortcomings

A sublimely acted indie dramady about relationships.
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Dusty Slay: Workin’ Man

Dusty’s comedy slays. My designs will make your earnings slay too.
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