One summer, I wrestled sea turtles on backcountry beaches in Hawaii for a half-decent living wage (and loved it). I survived a deadly bout of the autoimmune syndrome Guillain-Barre while serving as a missionary in Hong Kong. I was, at different times of my educational career, the class outcast and the Student Body President, and try to empathize with everyone in between. I have dabbled in filmmaking and photography, and believe that creation is akin to living.
Seven years ago, I married my incomparable wife Nicole, quit my job at the most valuable company in the world (and convinced my wife to quit hers) to become an entrepreneur, dedicated to chronicling every life story in the human race. Since then, I became a full-fledged product designer, cutting my teeth at Google and now designing experiences at Nordstrom.
I’m a firm believer that every product ties back in some way to a significant social issue, and that every product can and should be meaningful. I became a designer because I know there are powerful forces shaping our world that can shortchange us if we let our guard down. In a tech-driven world, design—human-centered design—is one of the last remaining citadels to defend our common humanity.