Be the person your dog thinks you are.

JW Stephens

HUMAN-CENTRED DIGITAL PRODUCT DESIGNER
Working to create intuitive digital experiences based on a solid foundation of research
About me

I believe that good design is iterative, ethical, and collaborative. I work in partnership with clients and stakeholders to understand their vision and communicate with them on behalf of their users so we can build unique experiences together.

I put people at the heart of my process. I work to understand them and their motivations so I can best serve their needs. I, like many in my field, have come to this career on an alternative path which has helped me to bring different experiences and perspectives to the work I do. More importantly, it helps me to appreciate the vast diversity in viewpoints offered by others.

After finishing my Bachelor's degree in Fine Art, I moved abroad and began to see the world. I taught English as a second language in Italy, where I spent time getting to know the people and culture (and even a little bit of the language!)

After a couple of years in Italy, I moved to the beautiful Bavarian city of Munich to work with businesses in Germany to help communicate in English. Some of my highlights were; touring the BMW production line after training a group of low-level students to describe their work in English, teaching an executive to have the speaking confidence in English that she has in German, and seeing a student accept a well-paying job abroad due to improved communication skills.

CURIOUS, CONSIDERATE, AND CAPABLE

Who I am and what I love

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SUSTAINABILITY

I am attempting to reduce my environmental impact and believe in treading lightly on the planet. I try to reduce my consumption and find inventive ways of re-using and re-purposing things. As part of my digital product design, I like to experiment with tech solutions to environmental issues.

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Listening

It's important to listen well, with an open heart, and the desire to understand. It builds stronger relationships and allows others to impart their knowledge to you. You can find me sipping tea wearing a large pair of headphones whilst listening to all sorts of audio content or chatting with someone who has the wisdom to share.

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Exploration

New places breed new ideas and understanding. I love to explore new places and meet new challenges. Over the last 5 years, I have visited 36 new countries. My grandmother tells me that I don't let the grass grow under my feet.

Up Next

I am looking for the opportunity to chat with anybody excited about design and products. Let's share and learn together!

It would be great to hear from you if you are working on projects that create positive social change. I am keen to use design as a force for good!👩‍💻