Jason

Process

I follow a very simple iterative approach to design that involves deep immersion in the experience of the person or people I am designing for. Feeling the user's pain is essential to finding a way to alleviate it.

To transition from feeling the pain to fixing it, I employ a multitude of techniques for analysis and ideation, including persona creation, journey mapping, empathy mapping, morphology mapping, and forced morphology matrix creation, followed by rapid visualization, rapid pretotyping, and iterative prototyping.

Skills

Design:  Rapid Prototyping    Rapid Visualization     CNC (laser and router)    Solidworks   Rhino    Fusion360    Sketchup    KeyShot  

Business:  Strategic Planning   Contracting   Negotiation   Project Management

Notable Projects

2018 - 2019

Städa Kitchen: efficient design for adults in shared homes

Created a design philosophy and sample products to address the problems encountered by urban adults sharing their home.

2018-2019

President of Design Guild at San Francisco State University

Transformed a fading and inactive club into a thriving cross-campus and inclusive organization that promoted responsible design, fostered entrepreneurship, promoted students of design, business and engineering, and raised funds by inspiring students to practice the product design process.

2017-2018

Seven Bridges: an intergenerational community

Lead a team of designers in creating an app-supported community to reduce the adverse effects of isolation in teens and aging adults by bringing them together to help each other with ADL's (activities of daily living). This project was one of eight finalists in the 2017-18 international Stanford Design Challenge for Longevity.

Education

2017-2019

San Francisco State University School of Design

Master of Arts in Industrial Arts: Product Design

2007-2009

Naval Postgraduate School Monterey

Master of Business Administration: Acquisition and Contracting/Entrepreneurship

1988-1993

Villanova University

Bachelor of Biology: Pre-med/Marine Biology

Interests

Environmental conservation, ocean water sports, cycling, motor sports, aviation, economics, general study of the human social condition.. and Burning Man

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