Hello, my name is Graham and I am a Product Designer, most recently at Porch.com. I am passionate about solving problems and creating beautiful, usable experiences. Over the last 8 years, I have had the opportunity to work on products for a number of companies including Costco, Active Network and Porch. My experience includes working on e-commerce solutions, user interfaces, landing pages and an internet service helping to connect homeowners to professionals.
What I enjoy most about design and this industry is collaborating with teammates, storytelling, building creative products that both look good and function well and constantly looking to learn and improve my skills, something I believe should never stop. Recently I’ve also made it a point to branch out and be active in the Seattle design community. This includes going to prototyping and FramerJS meetups, and helping run the Seattle designers slack team.
Things I’ve learned and take with me to every project are:
Know the story you’re trying to tell. If you know that, then you will have an idea of who your audience is and the best way to reach them.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some people are more focused on visual design, where others are focused on whether or not the product is usable. Your product/site can be gorgeous, but if it’s frustrating to use, the user will go somewhere else.
Feedback is a good thing and don’t take it personal. I’ve learned to take extremely blunt criticism and not take it personally. If you’re receiving feedback it means the person is invested enough to take the time to tell you what they think.
Know the level of fidelity you need to communicate an idea. Whether it’s a paper sketch or an interactive prototype, the goal is to communicate, see how a user reacts and to know what level is necessary.
Not all ideas come from me. My job is to curate the ideas and determine which ones we should test and let the data inform the solution.
Outside of work I can be found playing drums in a bagpipe band, watching movies on the big screen, being an avid Seahawks fan and enjoying life with my wife Amanda.