My name is Michael but people call me MJ.
I’M A DESIGNER
Growing up, I took everyday things apart to to learn how they work and function, appliances, electronics, my first car. In studio art, I learned how to express and frame an idea and feeling from empty space. The two worlds came together for me when I met Red Burns, was awarded an NYU, ITP fellowship and discovered Design Innovation. I've been hooked ever since, looking for new ways to delight and enrich every day life, moving from how things are and how they could be.
I'VE BEEN FORTUNATE
Over the past decade, I have studied under visionaries and pioneers including Hartmut Esslinger of frog and Bob Greenberg of R/GA. I learned how to take ideas from insight to sketch and prototype to product launch. My core depth is in user experience, interaction design and strategy. I've applied these at the ground level of new products including the voice recognition powering Siri, the first cloud services of AT&T and recently, the first connected city at sea for Carnival Corporation.
I BELIEVE QUALITY WORK IS A RESULT OF A THRIVING DESIGN CULTURE
At present, I lead Fjord San Francisco, a design studio owned by Accenture. I have grown the team from fifteen to seventy through a dedication to culture building, craft, and new practice experimentation. I work hands-on and through process and structure. I insist on solutions that are elegant, simple, and informed by emotion.
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