I am co-founder and strategic director of the Rebus.Foundation, a non-profit organization bringing books to the Web. To do this, we deliver web-based solutions to the Open Education Resources and Open Textbooks movements, via a ”future of work“ collaborative publication platform and metadata standards.
As a designer*, I work primarily at the strategic level, synthesizing foresight, outlining paths forward and writing briefs. More tactically, I develop product & service experience architectures and consult on how to do that.
I know UX, EA, IA & IxD for mobile and web. I can throw the first lines of architecture for hardware, OS & service platform experience systems. I can show you how machine learning, augmented reality, robotics and blockchain might impact your life. But it'll cost you.
I know how to grow design teams not only ←out→ but up ↑, as well as bridge design, engineering and business cultures. I advise organizations on how best to place their design investments.
I played Design Lawyer between two of the largest tech companies in the world, negotiating our UX positions for a suite of maps and navigation services.
For all these sorts of things, I can be available for short gigs or consultations. Drop me a line.
I understand design as “figuring out how something could be”, not just “making drawings.”
My design practice is focused on 1. the object & its materiality (be it bits or atoms), 2. tool making and 3. modular systems. Always, modular systems.
Eager to share my experience and perspective, I mentor and coach a small number of individuals, broadly on critical thinking, analytical skill, problem solving, decision making and holistic seeing, sometimes also personal & professional development.
I’m always up for speaking engagements, public or private discussions, “outside perspectives” in brainstorming and workshops, as well as one-off or on-retainer pin-point insight and foresight research. Get in touch.
I'm from Montreal. I currently live in Berlin. I speak English, French and German fluently.
I am often in Japan. I am fluent in the culture, but not the language.
I thrive in diversity. It is life. Ask me how.
While at Nokia Maps/HERE, I ran several design teams both in product and strategic areas. While there, I developped the experience architecture for our suite of Maps & Navigation apps which was deployed on several mobile, desktop and in-car platforms. Over five years I worked hard behind the scenes, politicing to grow design from dev-team-level-only up through product, portfolio and finally executive level, serving on the VPs staff.
I designed, branded, built and maintained GlobalVoices and all its various parts for the first 3-4 years of its life.
Media Technology's role in Civics & Journalism.
The experience of reading and living with ebooks.
The ongoing evolution of Design, from craft, to discipline, to science to philosophy.
History, Critical Theory, Liberal Arts.
The important roles of the social sciences & humanities in society.
Cultural anthropology & Cognitive Psychology.
If all this sounds like too much bombast, please remember I am a humble Canadian. Our self-promotion skills are not as developed as some others, so I may have overdone it a bit. Sorry. ;)