I was trained as a writer.
For a while I was sure I would publish a novel, pen a few screenplays, and live out my years enjoying large, spiritous cocktails next to a typewriter.
I've found great satisfaction in the written word but my expressive palette has grown broader. My career spans hospitality, finance, medicine, film, and design, across five states and 15 years. I've learned a lot. None of it more valuable than the art of communication.
In every role I've had the ability to articulate my ideas, listen to those of others, and create a shared understanding between people has proved my most valuable skill.
The way people relate to and work with one another inspires me.
I believe that our strength as a culture lies in our ability to learn from history. We balance received wisdom and novel insight to create objects and systems that augment our natural capacities. Not only do we learn directly from the past, we extrapolate from it and try to predict our future. That's a remarkably powerful thing—a thing we accomplish through dialogue. Dialogue with our predecessors, our peers, and ourselves.
I am, and have been for some time, fascinated by our relationship to the things we make.
By studying the tensions between creator and audience, subject and object, mind and market, I hope to fashion an increasingly deeper understanding of human experience and the role design can play in making that experience better.
My approach to any project begins with the most powerful instruments in my collection: good questions and a pen. My process from there adapts to the circumstances at hand, but I always begin by framing problems in human terms—terms like perception, emotion, memory, action, desire—then sitting in a state of intentional curiosity, trying to know what I don't know. This is because I believe the most robust systems are those with the most robust understanding of the people who will act on and in them.
I've dedicated my career to two things: Connection and Creativity.
My broader interests include things like space exploration, mixing realities, and the perfect bolognese. I find new things to get excited about every day. They all involve people.
I place great value in solitude. My creativity needs time and space to take root. That being said, I do my best work with other people.
A range of opinion and experience makes for healthy ideas. I'm constantly learning and sharing what I find. The world is a big, bright, curious place and I need to experience it with others.
In my spare time I love to ski steep things, read long things, and drink strong things.
I write and recite poetry, collect moments with a camera and cook as often as I can. One day I'd like to see how high I can jump on the moon. To sum up my philosophy, such as it is today, I would say, "Anything worth doing, is worth doing right."