Since everyone asks, I thought I would write a little post about it anyway… and dust off the old wordpress site at the same time.
I’ve changed jobs… again. No big deal, in the valley and in my profession, people change jobs pretty often. It’s not that crazy to see people in startups change a few times in a year. But this time is a little different. Not the job so much, I still do all the same stuff… but the mission.
Today I start as Head of Design for a startup called Grand Rounds Health. Grand Rounds is founded on a pretty simple principle, “to improve healthcare by connecting people with top-tier (like superstar level) physicians and experts”. So simple, so fantastic and so needed. Grand Rounds is founded, managed, and run by a collection of really talented and motivated people as well — I’m really excited to be here.
Paraphrasing Lloyd above, I got tired of trying sell people things they didn’t need or want. Or building things to take their money faster. That aspect of design just never spoke to me — It’s my job in some sense, and I’m pretty good at it but it just never left me fulfilled. I know I’m not a doctor, and I know I’m not going to diagnose or treat or cure anyone but I’m pretty excited to be part of a team that will — and in a really huge way!
At Herman Miller design is the language we use to ask questions and seek answers to the problems our customers face. The design process is a journey into the unknown—or as George Nelson once quipped, “I have never met a designer who was retained to keep things the same as they were.” Before we decide what we do and how we do it, we like to begin by asking the question “Why?” In Why Design, a new video series, we explore the world through the eyes of our designers, and share something of why we value their point of view.
I’m working on a lot of exciting examples of expanded spaces – and how users can interact with data in these spaces, but I’m not sold on the 3D aspect. Does it need to be a 1 to 1 map of our physical space? Or should we be striving to build a space for information that is specific to how we interact with our computers?
Lot’s of questions – I’m going to try and keep a detailed (as much as I can) log of out progress.