dave.gottlieb@ac4d.com

Alumni

Dave Gottlieb

Dave was raised in upstate NY in a co-living community, born into a long line of carpenters and tradesmen. After graduating from University of Delaware, Dave embarked on a month-long backcountry trip and a six month adventure through Central and South America which solidified his passion for nature, conservation, and travel. His professional career started out on Wall Street where he delved into the world of finance and commodities trading, only to quickly realize that he was most interested in solving important societal problems rather than simply garnering wealth.

For the past 6 years, he has worked on greening both commercial and residential buildings in New York City. A firm believer of collaborative consumption, social ventures, and the local food movement, Dave co-founded the Ananda Harvest, a community garden focused on sustainable living and inspiring urban folks to get their hands dirty and learn about food and farming. Recently in Brooklyn, he has been working on backyard farming projects and teaching urban farming classes. Dave co-founded Impact Sessions, a monthly speaker series showcasing social entrepreneurs and disruptive start-ups that are tackling important issues, such as health care, clean technology, urban agriculture, education, and sustainable fashion.

Dave keeps active building cabins on weekends, running triathlons, and exploring nature.

 

Recent blog posts

Position Diagram 2: Infographic on Education

This diagram is not meant to tell a story that traditional educational systems are going away.  The purpose of the position diagram to show how innovation currently happening within education can disrupt larger institutions and get them to start thinking outside the box as well.  The opportunities come from design strategy and risk which lead to innovation.…

Data Data Everywhere!

We are bombarded by information from every angle.  The technological devices we carry are getting faster, cheaper, smaller, and more powerful.  They are an extension of our everyday lives, part of our cultural.  Do you remember the last time you rushed to work and forgot you smart phone at home?    I bet you felt…

Wireframe v.06

V.06 -Final Iteration. For  version six of the wireframes, attention was focused on the information, navigation, and the interface elements. The main goal was to create a fully functioning and comprehensive version of the wireframes. After going through the process of building the prototype, testing, and correcting it six different times, the process became more…

The Evolution, Methods, Processes, and Distinct Value of Service Design

Service Design The emerging focus on user experience will be the key to companies’ success as we move from an industrial to a service-oriented society.  Service Design focuses on the methods and processes of a service from the point of view of the user.  The goal is to make sure that when a client or…

V.04 Wireframes: Focus on Visual Elements

View Wires. For this iteration, I focused on the visual elements of the wireframes including changes to font type and size. To ensure the type wasn’t distracting,  I decided to go with Gotham which has a clean look. When reviewing this iteration, take note the following visual improvements: tightening of the header and global navigation…

V.03 Wireframes, start early and test

Click here to view my wires. Starting the process early helped me test my v.03 wires with 6 strangers at my favorite local coffee shop, Cenote.   I took the feedback from last week which was to focus on visual alignment, and attention to each element on the screen, and fixed those earlier.  I then…

Systems Thinking: Past to Present, Design in the age of Biology!

Traditional vs. Contemporary Design Past design language and systems  have focused mainly on creating products.  The language based around this type of product driven economy were mainly nouns consisting of shapes, forms, colors, and space. Contemporary design is starting to incorporate the needs of the user to create effective solutions for businesses and nonprofits.  In…

Course Scheduler Wire Frame V.01

http://www.slideshare.net/vasudave9/wireframe-greatmba-jonkolkov2 Here is what I learned from the first iteration of the wire framing process ver. 01.   Start early, and get it down on paper.  I was hesitant to draw out the wireframes because the first versions were so rough, they didn’t look like anything real.  It takes multiple versions.  Try to get clear…

Position Diagram: Where There Be Dragons

Kahneman:  ” Seek out new experiences and our biases will show up.  Experience and immersion adds or removes biases.” Laird:  The knowledge derived from tactical explorations yields constraints on the process of problem solving. Simon:   Defines Ill Defined problems vs Well Defined Problems Pacione:  “The practice of design is broadly applicable and once mastered can…

Start with the User in Mind and Get to the Point!

For the last studio class we had to build out the checkout process for a product we were “selling” online, this could be real or made up but the exercise was to take the user through that experience.  In this case the user were the teachers and students at AC4D. One of the themes that…

Is Smaller Better?

I had the opportunity to sit down with a local east side teacher and program manager for a school that works with a challenging group of teenagers.  I was able to ask her questions about her experience there, her challenges, and rewards. She spoke about this idea of Solution Focused teaching.  The school she works…

The Art of Sketching

This past week for Studio class our jobs were to get accustomed to the use of sketching in design by practicing the art of sketching itself.  Once again I was starting from scratch but I really enjoyed the process.   I started the week off with joining a life drawing meetup group here in Austin.…

Position Diagram #2 The Role of Ethnography.

Ethnography is piece of the market research puzzle.   It is used to gather data in order to understand human behavior.   The context is to observe people in their natural environment with a curious and open mind,  and document the process.    Ethnography is one piece of the design research model, it’s importance is still being…

Growing Pains!

When people ask me to explain what the experience here at AC4D in Austin is like for me, I tell them its a Mental version of NOLS.   At the age of 23 years old, I decided to take a thirty day mountaineering course, in the Wind Rivers of Wyoming, with the National Outdoor Leadership…

Coffee Talk!

So this past week I had the chance to have coffee with two new people that I met here in Austin.   Firstly I met with Jenna for a coffee, and she seemed like an old friend that I grew up with at Ananda Ashram, a yoga retreat center in upstate NY.   She is creating here…

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