Sam Harvey
 
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About Me

I’m a designer who’s learned the power of research and listening carefully. I believe magical products and happy users are the outcome of teams who come together with good attitudes, wicked expertise across multiple domains, evidence-based practices, and a user-centered philosophy.

Previously, I studied Industrial Design with a focus in interface products at Georgia Tech. After working in industry as a consultant for both analog and digital experience teams, I returned for a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction. This program is doing its best to improve my command of research/design methods, while I am doing my best to unlearn troublesome biases and strengthen my understanding of processes that lead to responsible, delightful, and useful products.

 
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Graphic Comm.

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.

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Co-Design

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.


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Fostering Community

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 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.


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Interdisciplinary Collaboration

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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Email: sharveydesign@gmail.com