I’m Sam, a designer that’s learned the power of research and careful listening. I believe successful product experiences are the outcome of interdisciplinary product teams who come together with teachable attitudes and an obsession for grounding every decision in evidence and a user-centered philosophy.
Some of my Passions
Crafting VISCOM Materials
I love building graphics and other visual assets from scratch that effectively communicate complex ideas in a delightful fashion. In the last few years of working in professional and academic spaces, I gained a reputation as the guy who takes on the responsibility of planning and creating visuals that tell project stories.
Left: Poster I created for Interactivity, a career fair for UX/UXR hosted by the HCI department at Georgia Tech.
Whiteboard sketching is one of my favorite ways to think critically, especially in group settings. Some problems require an additional mode of communication beyond emails, phone calls, and table-talk. I get great satisfaction from facilitating group sketching efforts towards solving tough problems.
Left: an evening’s worth of problem-solving for a client from the NASA Kennedy Space Center.
During undergrad, I served 200+ design students with a team of peers as President of IDSA’s Georgia Tech chapter. That was my first encounter with building community and culture for a group of quirky designers, and I loved it.
These days I’m serving as an elected representative for the HCI Council at Georgia Tech, and working for the HCI administration to foster the program’s continued growth in a cultural and professional sense.
Left: Launchpad, an annual design event I helped organized for showcasing projects and professional networking.
There’s nothing that sharpens the mind quite like working with someone from a radically different discipline than your own. For the last few years I’ve made an effort to seek out teams with diverse expertise, because I enjoy challenge of learning new jargon and working styles. In my experience these sorts of teams are worth the effort, and they create the highest likelihood of yielding great, innovative, and delightful products.
Left: me (left, UX Designer) and Sam Lutes (right, Mechanical Engineer) with a new emergency medicine delivery service and a packaging system we designed.
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