Since leaving Coastermatic last August, I’ve been freelancing full-time, working for all sorts of organizations throughout New York, from startups to consultancies to Google. In many ways the most exciting aspect throughout has been the number of new beginnings, the blank slates and the constant reminder to think, make and collaborate in new ways. It’s this collection of starting points that’s helped highlight the roles and companies I’m more (or less) aligned with. But ultimately, it’s made me realize that too many new beginnings can detract from the middles and the endings, the moments of the design process where there’s deep enough knowledge of a human problem (and the technical and business challenges) to make real progress toward solving it.
With this hunch in mind, I recently began a conversation that’s led to the latest new beginning. That conversation was with Alex Rainert about joining the design team at Project Florida. I’ve long been excited about working with personal data and ecosystems of software and hardware to design products that solve real human problems and I can’t think of a better area to apply that to than preventative health. With Apple Health and Smart Watch on the horizon, this space is still just at the beginning so I’m incredibly excited to join such a talented team and to play a role in helping shape what some part of the middle looks like, and who knows, maybe even an ending?
This post was nudged into being by Write On! A group of friends trying to encourage each other to think through writing on a theme. Continue reading here: Tina, Tony, Prachi and Colleen.