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Adam Niederpruem

Adam is a lifelong learner with a penchant for chicken wings, designing education programs, and making up songs.

Adam’s projects have spanned a variety of roles, but share common threads. He wants to give others (and himself) permission to be creative, be resourceful, and have better relationships with others and our environment. The result is most often a life-changing or life-affirming experience. Adam uses his background in behavior change, education, and entertainment to design these experiences.

He joins AC4D after working at the intersection of education and public health in Austin for the past eight years. Previously, he ran a youth improv comedy program, AP Comedy, and has lived and taught in Japan and Tanzania. Recently, his work has revolved around implementing environmental and health programs into schools through creative means. Adam joins AC4D in an effort to ground his practice with more structure, greater precision, in a team setting.

Adam is passionate about family, free nationwide Pre-K education, the Buffalo Bills, and de-politicizing issues with a “common ground” perspective. While he’s worried about his lack of formal design training, he’s pretty sure he can make it up to you with an 8-hour red sauce and a bowl of pasta.

You can see his work at Apruem.com

Recent blog posts

The Future of Design (Or, How Things May Not Be That Different From Now)

I would like to tell you about a book I’ve just finished. It’s one of the finest books I have ever read. Reading this book also bolstered the belief that I’m in no position to make the previous claim. I’m a human, a fledgling designer, and a biological creature. Which makes me a product of evolution,…

Ally Bank: Mobile App Redesign Strategic Roadmap

In January 2019 our cohort at AC4D began the long process of designing a mobile banking app. Over two classes, Designing Digital Interfaces and Product Management, we’ve practiced a myriad of skills: designing concept maps, wireframes, user testing, adding additional app functionality, and meeting with developers for app development. This past work has culminated into this…

Mid-Term Progress Update: Optimizing Effective Advising

Cristina Suazo, Zev Powell and I are building a tool to assist advisors of non-traditional college students broach the topics of self-advocacy and social and emotional learning. Our tool is a questionnaire that optimizes the short time advisors have with their students, making sure that the sensitive root causes of problems are the center of…

Welcome to Toad Design: Your New Hire Training Video!

Welcome Toads! So glad you’re joining us. You’ve just been hired, in case you didn’t check your inbox today. You will be a junior designer at our office starting Monday! Get excited! In order to help prep you before meeting your fellow toadies, we put together this little training video. It’s just over 5 minutes,…

Three’s A Crowd: Designers, Developers, and Clients

Background So far in our Product Management class at AC4D, we’ve re-built and tested a banking app with wireframes (mockups of how a screen will look). Subsequently we met with software developers to gauge the feasibility of our new features. Over the last two weeks we’ve slowly added another perspective in our design mix- the client.…

Designer Needs Developer: My Blueprint for Building an App

Begin, Again. “Starting Over!? Nooooo!” said my internal monologue. I knew I had to begin again. In the final quarter of our year as Interactive Design students at AC4D; we’re learning the pathway to bring a design into the real world. And that pathway can have many restarts or forks in the road. In this…

Why We Need Help Helping

The internet is a mess. Empathy is commoditized. And awareness of systemic change hasn’t changed our systems. In our readings for Quarter 4 Theory class, we’ve discussed the above topics, and we are closer to articulating how design can impact our world for the better. Part of that realization is knowing our limits as designers,…

Impending Doom & The Future of Design

  I would like to tell you about a book I’ve just finished. It’s one of the finest books I have ever read. Reading this book also bolstered the belief that I’m in no position to make the previous claim. I’m a human, a fledgling designer, and a biological creature. Which makes me a product of…

Banking Not Budgeting: The Perils of Adding Features

Background Designing Digital Interfaces at AC4D is a mixture of visual design education, user testing, and like many of our courses, an exercise in asking “Why?” We’ve been tasked with redesigning a banking app of our choice. My choice is Ally Bank, an online-only institution. We redesign by creating wireframes- draft versions (either paper or digital) that can be…

Team Two Wheels: Prototyping Design Ideas

Context Over the past three months our trio, Team Two Wheels, has been researching how advisors can build effective and meaningful relationships with college students. This week saw us go into the field with 3 design ideas. We prototyped on paper, online, and using the application Sketch. Last week my teammate Zev Powell detailed the early storyboards…

Don’t Stand So Close To Me: And Other Lessons in User Testing

Intro This week was a high-speed crash course in building wireframes and user testing. Before any of us felt ready, we were showing our wireframes (in this case, draft screens of a banking app) to design professionals. By the following Monday, we had to test our wireframes with five users and present our findings. Running…

Wireframing: Simpler Than It Sounds

I admit it. When I heard we’d be learning how to wireframe at AC4D, I was intimidated. Sounds like architecture, sounds like engineering, sounds, difficult. In actuality, wireframes are just sketches of a digital product, typically an app or website. Designers, like writers, artists, and 147 other professions, make a draft before they create the real thing. Forgive…

Ally Bank Mobile Infrastructure: This Had Better Work

Intro: Ally Bank is an online-only bank. There are no physical locations besides a large impenetrable office in Philadelphia for employees. Being one of the first online banks, Ally’s mobile features have since proliferated all banking apps, most of which have physical branches. So for Ally, this app had better work, because there is no physical alternative.…

Impending Insights: Audio Reflections on our Client

Susi Brister, Kelsey Greathouse, and myself recorded a podcast to describe our insights for our design research client, Recycled Reads. We dive into our insights, the client reaction, and lessons learned.

Be Advised: Researching in Unknown Territory

Greetings, AC4D blog reader. You may have heard the penchant for ambitious projects at this school. You heard correct. The latest topic and mission will be with us through April 2019- college persistence and completion. Our focus is how advisors create a meaningful relationship with their advisees. In other words, we’re researching how people talk with one another. Or,…

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