I’m Tiffany, a San Francisco native who recently moved to Sydney. I’m adding a global perspective to my designs.
The foundation of my design career is in the Bay Area, California, where I have worked with one person startups to corporate brands. My diverse background helps me craft custom design solutions at the intersection of design, business, and implementation. At Autodesk I’m learning how to strategically advocate for and educate on good design while balancing needs of various stakeholders. What excites me lately is creating designs that are globally scalable.
I see my design thinking as ever-evolving skills that I can actively nurture, and continuing to nurture these skills with more global exposure is my main impetus for moving to Sydney, Australia. I want to explore design thinking through the lens of another culture, city and design sensibility. I am already impressed with certain Australian industries willingness to tackle design challenges in ways Bay Area tech companies have not.
WHAT DRIVES MY DESIGN THINKING?
All my free time is spent in social work and creative play.
Social work is an experiment space for me to challenge the familiar and what I understand to be true. I intentionally expose myself to different demographics and industries. My favorite spaces to volunteer are hospice and food justice. Volunteering sharpens my listening and empathy skills. It informs my design thinking by finding new way to connect with the audience or end-user.
One of my favorite projects to date is the cooking class I taught with the blind community. It was a beautiful intersection of design, food and community engagement. It was an exercise in re-designing the engagement with a standard kitchen as opposed to re-designing the kitchen itself. By creating new ways to re-engage with the existing world, the blind community can confidently and safely gain control of their own food choices and nutrition.
I was moved by the learnings so deeply I hosted a design talk about it at Autodesk.
WHAT IS MY SALAD PICTURE ABOUT?
I invite fun in all that I do.
When I was freelancing I underwent a brand identity exercise for myself. It was my interpretation of “Women laughing alone with salad”- a stock photography trend. I wanted in on the internet fun so setup my own photoshoot. Yes, my photographer friend did indeed throw salad at me with rapid fire timed shots. The multiple images were then combined together to create a “Pocahontas Colors of the Wind” movement.
WHAT AM I DOING THIS VERY MOMENT?