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Adam Chasen

Adam has been an educator for over 15 years. He has taught people around the world, from kindergarten through graduate school, including middle and high school math, English as a Second Language, and graduate education classes. Four years ago, Adam began leading design thinking workshops to help students, teachers and professionals develop creative confidence and growth mindsets. His life’s work so far has been to ensure all citizens are equipped with the skills to adapt to our ever-changing world. Now, he wants to transition to design in order to find ways to work at a different scale. He is inspired to design for social innovation and create a world where all people, no matter their circumstance, have access to services that lead to a higher quality life.

When not working, you can find Adam biking, climbing, photographing, eating quality food, and engrossed in philosophical conversations.

Adam has lived in Western Massachusetts, Montreal, South Korea, and Brooklyn. He is a world traveller and is excited to try living in the south for the first time.

Recent blog posts

How I built a system to help users save money

This week, I had a whole new experience when the bank I have been building wireframes for chose to integrate a new core product as fast as possible. The new product has four key features: user financial trends, analysis of specific transactions to see if they are historically anomalous, a “what-if” financial modeling system, and…

Wireframing: Iterating on visual design and workflow

This week, I took what I learned from last week’s critique and applied the numerous suggestions to my wireframes. In last week’s blogpost, I discussed how I’ve been evolving my visual design skills. I went deeper into this aspect of my flows as I tried to also figure out how to make my workflow more…

Usability testing: how I used paper prototyping

This week, I did my second round of usability testing. I revised screens according to what I learned from critique and from testing and then, made my concept map reflect the changes I’d made. If you recall, in last week’s blogpost, I said that I would build out some more of my flows and try…

Iterating to awesome: How to do Usability Testing

In this week’s blogpost, I am going to describe my process for iterating on my Navigation and Information Architecture Map and the wireframes for the TD Mobile Banking App. This builds on two previous blog posts; the first was on my process for creating the original concept map and the second was for my process…

My wire framing process: from lo-fidelity to slightly higher fidelity

Last week, I built concept models of banks, the current state of the TD bank mobile app, and a future state of the app so that I could build background knowledge, make sense of complexity, and envision how to create a more usable application. This week, I began the process of redesigning the TD bank…

Reimagining the TD Mobile Banking Application: from sense making to a future state

In this week’s assignment for Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving, I practiced systematic knowledge creation in order to develop a vision for the future state of a mobile banking application. The process to come to this vision was driven by my own sense making and belief that when a digital product is developed with…

The Digital Cave: Math vs. Design Literacy

When I started my career as a math educator fifteen years ago, I was motivated to change how my students saw math, to see that  is math all around, to feel that understanding math matters, and most importantly, everyone can learn math. I wanted my students to read the world through numbers. I was driven…

Empowering the poor

What if business could offer an honorable way out of poverty? This week’s readings in Design, Society and Public Sector offer compelling arguments in favor of this notion.  Through the research of Le Dantec and Spears on poverty and homelessness and unexpected perspectives on business from Yunus, Martin, and Prahalad, I can imagine a way…

My evolution as a design researcher

As I am halfway through my first quarter of Interaction Design Research class, I am reflecting on my evolution in terms of what it means to do design research as well as how my current project researching the animal product food chain has evolved. As a budding design researcher, I am beginning to grasp what…

The designer I want to be

As a student in his first quarter at the Austin Center for Design, I am beginning to develop my own philosophy for how I want to be a designer when I enter into the professional world. In the course titled Design, Society and the Public Sector, I read foundational texts written by design practitioners and…

Where’s the value? Or how I got lost in the haze.

As a student at the Austin Center for Design in his first quarter, I am learning how to practice design research. Design research is a process for uncovering opportunities for innovation within complex human-based systems. As fledgling design researchers, my class was tasked with understanding the animal product value chain within Austin. My team decided to…

Design in society

In my first assignment for Design, Society and the Public Sector, I summarized six design theorists through a story about aliens that visit earth to bring back knowledge to their dying planet. As they speak with a wise person, the aliens make idealistic statements based on rumors they’ve heard about the good life of earthlings.…

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