Hi, my name is Steve. I’m a designer, product strategist, and social activist.
I believe in the tremendous power of design to shape behavior and improve lives. My work explores how we can do this responsibly, and how friction, confrontation, and human-centered design play a critical role.
Designing for Friction
In today’s increasingly frictionless world, it’s easier than ever to live a life of convenience and ease. But at what cost? (24min)
New York, Jun ‘17
Design for Confrontation
The products and platforms we love are tearing us apart. But what if they could help us come together? Here’s how. (48min)
New Orleans, Sep ‘18
On Vision & Values
OKRs, metrics, and goals guide us when we’re optimizing our product. But what about vision? And what happened to values? (19min)
Google’s “Design is” Series
San Francisco, Nov ‘17
A Muggle’s Guide to Product Design
My dear muggle, what I’m about to share with you is neither profound nor true. But then again, things aren’t always what they seem.
The Fiction of No Friction
When we remove all friction, we remove moments for serendipity and self-reflection. At scale, this can erode our social values and increase our tendency toward intolerance.
Human-Centered Design: Why Empathy Isn’t Enough
The human-centered design process demands more than just empathy with others; it requires a deep understanding of our own selves.
Hosting an event?
2016 and earlier
CIID Impact Minds
Auckland, New Zealand
Designers + Geeks
San Francisco, CA
UC Berkeley guest lecture
TEDx Alva Park
Alva Park, MI
Mayo Clinic Transform