I champion the design journey with a fervent belief in conquering challenges. I uphold the principle of simplicity, channeling an unwavering commitment to refining my craft, infusing it with a personal touch, and genuinely investing in the outcome. My designer's mindset is characterized by insatiable curiosity, empathetic understanding, and a relentless drive to experiment and innovate. Within collaborative design teams, I thrive on adopting holistic methodologies to address intricate design challenges. I gravitate towards swift design processes, agile thinking, and the dynamic realm of rapid prototyping, all while valuing and respecting a designer's intuitive instincts.
As a design leader, my guiding principle is a steadfast commitment to discerning what resonates, magnifying those triumphs, and promptly adjusting course when shortcomings arise. I prioritize assuming ownership of creative excellence at each juncture within the design process. As a design leader, I try to push the boundaries and design experiences when needed, delving into the intricacies of user experiences, consumer behavior, emerging trends, competitive landscapes, and cultural subtleties. By actively listening, continually learning, and extracting insights, my commitment revolves around guiding design initiatives that inspire my team to showcase their utmost potential.
I assume the role of a committed leader for creative teams, having spearheaded the design and development of the new Oracle Redwood Design System, which now encompasses over 400 designers globally within the company. In this role, I lead the design team, driving a transformative impact on the creative culture, community, and overall work quality. My responsibilities include providing leadership, vision, and support for the Visual & Experience Design team, ensuring that our design practices consistently surpass industry standards and to build the state-of-the-art design system. I actively contribute to attracting and retaining top-tier designers.
My advocacy extends to championing Design Thinking, Visual Design, and User Experience Design, playing a pivotal role in shaping the vision for customer engagements, company communications, and studio culture. This involves defining and promoting industry-leading design practices, articulating these standards within the design community, collaborating globally to establish practice benchmarks, and advocating our prominent position in the industry.
Despite my leadership role, I remain deeply involved in day-to-day operations, maintaining a hands-on approach with pixel-level attention to detail.
I've accumulated over 30 years design experience of industry experience across various domains, including digital, web, interactive, UI, connected product interfaces, mobile/tablet/tv design, traditional graphic design, kiosk, software & application design, brand identity, and interactive service/product/platform design.
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