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What do you do with a degree in Physics? My answer was “manage a Biology Research lab at a Natural History Museum and go swing dancing a lot”. Eventually, this ceased to be a satisfactory answer. After a Masters Degree in Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York, I quickly realized that I was being asked to solve Interaction Design problems at my Industrial Design job…and so I went about becoming an Interaction designer to be able to solve those problems.

I’ve had the good fortune to work on mobile, web and embedded interfaces for clients as diverse as Volvo, GE, Motorola, Panasonic, Best Buy, Hearst, and Abbott Pharmaceuticals on interfaces of nearly every shape and size – from washing machines to TVs. And I’ve facilitated everything from 200 person hackathons, 100 person corporate innovation summits, to 15 person customer co-creation sessions for clients from Applegate to Marriott, Priceline, Capital One and Etsy.

I’m passionate about iterative engagements with users and stakeholders. I find it makes things better.

Things I do that are interesting:

1/4 of GothamSmith

1/5 of the Design Gym

I’ve been known to give workshops about Design thinking, Science Origami and Kefir at the Brooklyn Brainery, among other places.

I’ve been known to write for Core77 from time to time.

You can find me on twitter @dastillman or on Linked In. If you’re into that sort of thing.