adam.chasen@ac4d.com

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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

KeyUp is growing up!

Since we last week’s post, team KeyUp has been developing an MVP based on our learnings from last week, continuing to build relationships, and revising our story for the final AC4D presentations next week. First, we have been working on creating a library of videos of people who are currently in our highlighted careers of…

TD Bank Redesign Strategy Brief

TD Bank Strategy and Feature Brief Back in October, I started the process of redesigning the TD Mobile Banking Application. To do this, I worked through creating an ideal vision of what I believe the banking application should be through an information architecture, storyboarding and wireframe development. I set out into the streets of Austin…

KeyUp joins Impact Hub!

Since we last week’s post, team KeyUp has been out in the field building partnerships and testing different hypotheses. First, we have some exciting news. On Wednesday, we joined Impact Hub’s Workforce Accelerator. We are one of 9 amazing ventures developing solutions to Austin’s workforce issues. In our first session, we listened to a panel…

What limits what I can imagine?

In this week’s theory blogpost, I am reflecting on the question “what limits what I can imagine?” To me, this is the heart of the dilemma of a human centered designer. I believe that design is all about tensions – tensions between what can be and what is, what I want to express and how…

Building a draft of a product roadmap: How to (and not to) do it

As a follow-up to my blogpost on feature and capability and sizing summary, I am going to discuss my process for building a product roadmap for the TD Bank Mobile App I wireframed in quarter 2. A product roadmap is a visualization of how a product builds over time. This means that I had think…

Towards a Personal Code of Design Ethics

This week’s blogpost for theory is providing me an opportunity to be able to sketch out my own code of design ethics. In order to do this, I have been reflecting on why it matters that I develop a code of ethics, what a beginning code of ethics might be, and then, I will apply…

The first step to ship my TD Mobile Banking App Re-design: sizing

This quarter, I am returning to my redesign of the TD banking application for my product management course. In this course, we are shifting from user-centered designer to product manager. We will ask ourselves what it will take to actually build this product, how do we communicate with developers to determine cost and length of…

How to have an impact on identity development: an untested theory

As I write the first blogpost on theory for my last quarter of AC4D, I must start with a disclaimer: What you are about to read is purely theoretical. It has, of yet, been untested in the field. Any semblance to truth or facts are incidental. Please read with caution. Keeping this disclaimer in mind,…

Go-To-Market Plan: KeyUp

Over the past 8 weeks, team MMA has been clarifying and de-risking KeyUp, a service that connects young adults without college degrees to middle-skill careers. We have co-created with young adults, interviewed stakeholders, and found influencers who have been actively seeking opportunities to work with us. We have found that there has been a lot…

KeyUp: A recruiting service for young adults to find middle skill careers

This week was a turning point for our project. After last week’s flurry of stakeholder outreach , our experiments this week laid to rest the last of our concerns about the fundamental desire on the part of working young adults to connect with training programs and services to help them get through school. Our meetings with…

Connecting young people to services: reflections from stakeholder and user interviews

This past week, Mary Hannah, Mariangela and I delved deeper into building relationships with key stakeholders and gleaning insights from intercept interviews with users. As a recap, we started our research last quarter investigating how young adults without 4 year college degrees civically engage. We found that the channels through which young adults can access…

Testing Our Problem-Solution Fit: Do young adults want a service to help them find a stable job?

Last quarter, we (Adam, Mary Hannah, and Mariangela) investigated how young adults who do not attend college do or don’t civically engage in Austin. Last week, we ideated possible solutions to help them become more engaged. After evaluating our ideas, we all recognized that until these young adults had stable and secure jobs, civic engagement…

Developing ideas to help young adults to become more civically engaged

This week we focused on the ideation process for our Civic Engagement project. For a quick recap, our team (Adam, Mary Hannah and Mariangela) researched how how young adults without college education go about engaging with their community, how they conceived of civic engagement and when they might politically engage. Last quarter, we developed opportunity areas.…

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…

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