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Designer. Strategist. Researcher. Planner. Astronaut.
I partner with clients to bring structure to the design process and maximize the value of creative efforts.
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What I Do

I help clients define and select their strategic opportunities, design and test concepts that their users will love, and build the culture and capabilities required for continued innovation.
Opportunity Framing

Defining the market opportunities that leverage your distinctive capabilities, serve your customer's unmet needs, and create lasting value.

Design Planning

Developing, de-risking and prioritizing new concepts and experiences based on proprietary insights about your customers and their needs.

Organizational Strategy

Understanding, practicing and promoting the organizational culture and processes needed to repeatedly launch successful ventures.

About

Business, people, culture, design, food—not necessarily in that order.

I grew up on the beachers of Long Island and went to school in the Garden State with dreams of becoming a screenwriter. When Spielberg didn't call, I began to search for other passions and after a few classes in New York, I began a solo career as a design and branding consultant where I helped start-ups and small corporate clients tell their own stories.

After a few years in the professional world, I began to feel that while I was able to help my clients with that "how" of design, I was was missing the "why" of strategy. So I moved to The City That Works to go to school, earning graduate degrees in business and design planning.

My focus for the last 10 years has been what's broadly termed as innovation, the "fuzzy front-end" of design primarily concerned with identifying the means of creating user-driven value for large organizations. I've held roles as a researcher, planner, designer and management consultant, and have worked with clients across multiple industries.

When not at work, I spend my time re-discovering my love for furniture design and construction, and am learning to appreciate the challenge of cooking a meal that will satisfy both my wife and 1-year-old daughter.


Approach

Every project is different, but I approach them all with a common set of values.
Empathy
Before you design the solution, you have to understand the problem. I get out of the office to interview and observe your customers to understand their latent needs and the broader context of the market environment.
Collaboration
I'm an expert at many things (ok, a few, very specific things) but I don't have all of the answers. Success most often comes when you work across the organization and resist the temptation to work in a vacuum.
Agility
The fuzzy front end is a scary place—it helps to be nimble. Continual testing and refinement with internal stakeholders and the end-users requires the ability to quickly prototype ideas and make changes on the fly.
Aesthetic
Because at the end of the day, it’s got to be sexy.

Experience

I’ve been lucky enough to work across a broad range of domains and industries with some of the largest and most innovative companies in the world.
Domain
Organic Growth Strategy // Go-to-market Strategy // Engagement Strategy // Business Model Design // Brand Definition & Design // Logo Development // Packaging Design // New Product Definition // Retail Experience Design // Online Experience Design // Workplace Strategy // Strategic Planning
Past clients
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