Who am I as a designer?
“I identify myself as a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) technology designer driven by data-driven solutions and machine learning applications. This can be explained as designing the technology used in products, exemplified by the NOISE-1 project, where data analyses were at the forefront of design choices, and machine learning techniques were utilised to optimize the product’s functionality.”
I envision a world where technology seamlessly integrates with society, addressing the current gap between technological advancements and societal needs. This gap refers to the challenge of ensuring that rapidly evolving technology is not only cutting-edge but also prioritizes user-friendly, intuitive design, ensuring seamless interaction with a diverse user base. My mission is to bridge this gap, utilising the full potential of technology to precisely meet the needs of society. An example of this is a thoughtful and responsible approach in response to the rapid progress in technology, e.g. artificial intelligence, which is also highlighted by influential figures calling for a pause in advanced AI development (Nolan, 2023).
In my vision, the key to this balanced integration lies in a dual expertise – a deep understanding of cutting-edge technology, including coding, programming, and electronics, coupled with a great awareness of societal needs through extensive data analyses. I believe that this combination enables the creation of products that are both technologically complex and user-friendly.
The world, in my view, requires designers to develop products that are not only advanced but also very intuitive. Through many exploratory prototypes and user testing, designers should aim to refine designs to their essential elements, creating intuitive products that fulfill user expectations. I believe that this approach ensures product alignment with the natural intuition of users, eliminating the need for a complex guide to understand the use of the product.
Moreover, I emphasize the important role of data in design success. Through detailed data analyses of user behavior, insights can be gained that inform the most effective interactions between products and users, leading to impactful solutions that contribute positively to society. Additionally, the world needs to embrace machine learning and artificial intelligence utilizing the power of data; I firmly believe that integrating these technologies into both the design process and the design itself can optimize product quality significantly.
I identify myself as a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) technology designer driven by data-driven solutions and machine learning applications. This can be explained as designing the technology used in products, exemplified by the NOISE-1 project, where data analyses were at the forefront of design choices, and machine learning techniques were utilised to optimize the product’s functionality.
My design philosophy is deeply rooted in biomimicry, drawing inspiration from the workings of nature to create intuitive and user-centred design interactions. An example of biomimicry in technology design is how the ultrasonic sounds utilised by dolphins and bats for communication is currently used for tsunami detection by the company Evologics.
One of my distinctive strengths lies in an iterative design process that heavily emphasizes prototyping. I firmly believe that tangible prototypes provide invaluable insights and immediate feedback into the choices made during the design journey. This is particularly evident in my use of foamboard to craft physical representations, providing immediate and tangible feedback on the design, and my use of SolidWorks to create digital 3D models, enabling detailed design analyses through simulation.
As a team player, I do well in a leadership role (CTO) within a small, multidisciplinary team. This leadership role is especially fulfilled in the early stages, when shaping the project. During these stages I prefer to take the leading role on managing the technical and societal realization.
I value diverse perspectives and believe that effective collaboration, accompanied by constructive feedback, leads to optimal outcomes. Acknowledging my openness to critique, I see it as a crucial element in refining decisions and achieving the best possible results.