Hello, my name is David and I’m a UX Designer and Researcher. I completed my Master of Arts in Film Directing & Design Research at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
I'm originally from Canada and now based in Osaka, Japan. I love spending time in parks and chilling with friends, exploring nearby Kyoto, going to the gym, and coming up with new film script ideas.
In the past, I co-founded TEDxOsaka and made short films, which led me to graduate design school in the U.K. My background in film directing rooted in design research has created a foundation of thinking and problem-solving that I continue to build on. Filmmaking is a methodical, step-by-step process. It’s a great framework to solve design problems across many fields. Ultimately, design is about learning problem-solving and applying those skills to whatever you’re looking at.
I’m currently focusing my skills on user experience design for AI driven conversational agents (chatbots). One of my goals is to build a conversational agent to help independent film directors. Also, to share best practices and use cases with other designers.
The design project I'm the most proud of is my short film Konoyo which was created with a design thinking approach. Also, Sushi 2020, which helps improve the process of locating and dining at sushi restaurants for tourists during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
As well, I'm interested in coding HTML & CSS, getting more involved in design and research practices within the design community through writing, speaking, mentoring and experimentation.
It’s a great time for people that build stuff. There are a ton of awesome tools available to help you be more productive as a developer or designer. Here are the tools I use at the moment, and what I use them for:
Several years ago I started using Photoshop and is the tool that helped me become a designer, so it will always have a place in my heart. However, when I’m designing an interface, I use Sketch. Sketch is really fast and intuitive when it comes to designing user interfaces for apps and websites.
When I need to quickly test a static user flow on a device, I upload all my app screens to InVision and run it on my phone or share it with the other people involved in the project.
So far, I have not spent much time with this software, however, it is tool that I will be adding to my list. Principle makes it easy to design animated and interactive user interfaces and ultimately express our intent.
My favorite UX Design book is Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug, it cuts to the chase and is filled with lots of insightful advice on the craft. Others include:
- Designing Bots Creating Conversational Experiences by Amir Shevat
- Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur
- The Elements of User Design by Jesse James Garrett
- Hooked by Nir Eyal
- About Face by Alan Cooper
- Other top books for UX Designers & Interaction Designers