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Husani Barnwell not only has two impressive degrees under his belt from Parsons and Harvard, a mile long resume, but he continues to reinvent himself. He is a storyteller, a designer, and a leader in the industry. His passion and drive shine through in his work and in our conversation! He is honest and open, and our chat was an enlightening experience that I appreciated. His experience ranges from Creative Consultant to Educator and so many things in between. Talking to him highlighted the important work that is happening, and that still needs to happen, in this industry.
If you're not following him, you should be!
Designing for public safety might not sound like the most exciting job, but that's because you haven't heard Brett Marshall describe it. As the principal designer at CentralSquare, he helps design interfaces that are used by police officers, first responders, and public administration agencies across the country.
Brett and I talked about the unique challenges he faces with his work, and he also shared how he went from designing at ad agencies to winding up at his current role. We also discussed Brett's background, and he spoke about some his influences in the industry and what he wishes he knew when he first started as a designer. Learn more about him in this week's interview!
I first heard of about Shar Biggers from one of our past guests, Ida Woldemichael, and from just the first few minutes of our conversation I knew that this was going to be a great interview. Like Ida, Shar worked on the Hillary for America campaign, and helped to shape the messaging and visual style of the candidate during her most recent run for public office.
While we did touch on Shar's political design work and spent some time talking about campaign life, we mostly talked about her backstory and her newest venture — a brand consultancy and design firm called Provoke. Shar's knowledge of psychology and business also feeds into another one of her businesses — a line of premium designed phone cases called Aitarah. According to Shar, there's no reason to have design without strategy, and that's something she's definitely applied to her life and her career. Thank you Shar for being an inspiration!
Angelica Quicksey's insights into civic design are unique and insightful. She designs federal government services with a focus on digital transformation. As a recent graduate with two Masters degrees from Harvard University, she is also now co-teaching a course on technology and innovation in government.
Angelica is passionate and our conversation touched on the many changes going on in the industry. If you want to learn and be inspired make sure to give this episode a listen!
Abraham Abbi Asefaw is not only an inspiring entrepreneur who has founded two agencies but a relatable and inspiring voice in the industry. As the Co-Founder of The Pop Up Agency, which he created before he turned 30, Abraham has stepped into his role as a leader in the industry with gusto. His major clients include Facebook, Adidas, Nissan, and Sky.
During our conversation, we discussed his journey from leaving the legal field and taking the brave leap into entrepreneurship, the major differences between international clients and American brands, his unique vision for the Pop Up Agency, and his goal to re-define the role of creatives in the industry. Abraham is challenging the status quo and bringing us all along on the ride!
Kim Williams isn't just a design director but a thoughtful and sincere leader. She takes her responsibility and mission at indeed.com very seriously and graciously leads a team of over 100 people while trying to create a well designed and meaningful product that will truly change peoples lives. In this episode, we discussed everything from her history in the design sphere, navigating agency work vs. companies like eBay, and her personal journey as a campaigner for global societal issues.
As a native of Jamaica, Kim and her family moved to America in the ’80s, and she heavily contributes her career success to her humble beginning as a newcomer. Her experiences as an immigrant allow her to look at life from multiple perspectives, leading the conversation back to empathy and embracing our differences. This conversation was poignant and I truly hope you find her story as inspiring as I did.
Melvin Hale may say he's "a regular guy who beat the odds," but with twenty years of design experience and a decade of design leadership under his belt, he's so much more than regular.
We started off talking about Melvin's current work at Facebook, and quickly went on to a look back at his time growing up in Vallejo, going to college in the South, and his journey as a designer through the ad agency world before ending up in Silicon Valley. Melvin also shared tips on how he builds creative teams, spoke on some of his career influences, and even talked about whether or not his kids want to follow in his footsteps. Give this week's episode a listen and learn more about Melvin!
Dexter Ferguson’s enthusiasm for design and innovative spirit shines through in this latest episode of Revision Path! Dexter has been in the design world for only a few years but he’s already a passionate and knowledgeable voice in the industry. His life motto “Strive for progression, not perfection” perfectly sums up his approach to his career, design, and his hopes for the future. With a background in traditional graphic design, Dexter has navigated the ever-changing trends of the business and is now the Product Designer for Aerial, Airbus’s commercial drone startup service.
Our discussion ranged from career trajectories, design in academia, to his brilliant new startup DebtBennies.com where he’s taking on the student loan debt problem facing millions of millennials. His infectious attitude is matched only by his entrepreneurial drive to succeed, and help the world, on his way to the top!
A common theme on Revision Path is that there's no set path to being a part of the design industry. Will Miner, the senior director of UX at the education company 2U, is a prime example of this. As technology helps level the playing field for a number of different areas of study, professionals like Will help make sure that experience is simple and user-friendly.
We started off talking about Will's work at 2U, including building and leading teams while keeping diversity and accessibility in mind. He also shared how he first got into design via plant science, why he decided getting an MBA would help further his design career, and even shared news about his next big move. Will is a prime example that there are lots of ways to succeed in this field!
Dave Hall has his finger on the pulse of all things television and entertainment. His unique perspective as the VP of OWN’s digital design group allows him to watch trends unfold and evolve across different platforms. As a veteran in the design sphere, he understands the nuances in the market and the desire to push boundaries. As the industry changes, he leads his team into the future by adapting to new tools and tech, like the switch from Photoshop to Sketch.
Our conversation about the future of interactive television, user-controlled content, emerging technologies, and the future of media show his passion for complex narratives and smart storytelling. He himself is a published author and is currently working on an exciting new graphic novel. He also tells us about his love for Jordan Peele and the 3-dimensional Black characters he is introducing to audiences, who are hungry for representation and diversity. If the future is anything like Dave Hall’s leadership and enthusiastic attitude then we are all in for a treat!
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