david.bill@ac4d.com

Alumni

David Bill

David’s background is in teaching, school administration, and strategy. He has led incubators and student digital media projects, helped organizations rethink where and how they work, and hosted weekly yoga and flea markets in a parking lot. As an educator, David’s work in schools was focused on instructional models and educational technology. He ensured that his students developed an ability to identify and solve problems while using technology to enhance their understanding of a subject matter. His innate curiosity and willingness to explore new ways to solve problems led David into the world of design thinking.

As a design strategist, David has helped schools, 501c3’s, and start-ups develop unique solutions to address their particular challenges – from prototyping classroom designs and developing training programs to leading community activation projects. While David’s work has empowered others to problem-solve, his current goal is to do more than facilitate solutions: it is to design them. And at the Austin Center for Design, David seeks to learn the skills that will enable him to achieve that goal. He is excited to be in Austin to work with his classmates and faculty at AC4D.

 

Recent blog posts

Navy Federal Credit Union: Design Strategy Brief

Five months ago we unwittingly began the process of developing a mobile app from end to end. At first I thought we were just learning how to design an app but as we wrap up our third quarter, we have learned so much more. In particular, we have not only learned how to research, design,…

Matching Matches

  Last week we shared the progress we made to identify some participants for testing. Of the six people who agreed to sign up, four agreed to meet up with another person. To begin to process of setting up the “friend date”, we formatted an email theme and sent our invites. The idea was to…

Launching A Product Roadmap

As I mentioned in my last post, we are in the process of completing our banking apps. Last week I introduced the core capabilities of the app and their intent. This week, we are sharing our product roadmaps. A product roadmap is a detailed outline of what, how, and when you will release various versions…

Taking an App From Concept to Reality

  In my last post I shared the steps I took to evaluate my banking app. The goal of evaluating our app was to ensure that it was in a state where it could be taken to the final stage of this design process – development. In particular, at this stage we are looking to…

Military Spouses Update: Q3 Week 3

As we (Kade, Miranda, and I) shared in our most recent blog post, last week we presented four different concepts. From those came two areas of focus: military spouses & their service member and military spousal communities. Based upon that critique, we decided to focus on military spouses and their ability to connect with others…

Evaluating A Mobile App

During the second quarter our class was tasked with the challenge of redesigning a bank’s mobile app. We began by identifying the structure and intent of the app, creating scenarios upon which we would frame the new design direction, a concept map to guide us, and finally the redesign itself. Over the course of seven…

Final Version: NFCU Mobile Banking App

During our second quarter at the Austin Center for Design we took a class called Rapid Iteration and Creative Problem Solving. The core concept of the class was to build upon the research process we had learned in the first quarter – to arm us with the tools to design and wireframe a mobile app.…

NFCU v5

For the past seven weeks we have been redesigning Navy Federal Credit Union’s banking app. Each week we have been iterating upon our prior attempt, improving missteps within a function, the visual design, and in several instances new functions. Last week I presented an app that had had a visual makeover, you can read about…

NFCU v4.1

Last week I wrote about the drastic change I made to my banking app. While the architecture of the app was sound, the visual design and terminology was less than desired. Over the past week I completed the redesign and added an additional task – reoccurring payments. Changes Below are two examples of the changes…

NFCU App v.4

In our rapid ideation class we have been creating banking mobile apps. Over the past four weeks we have gone from mapping how a redesigned app would manage five discrete tasks to building wireframes illustrating those tasks. Each week, for the remainder of the quarter, we are adding a new level of fidelity to our…

Q2 | Week 4

We are now just passed the half way point of the quarter. This week was all about preparation. In each class we either focused on refining our app or finalizing our insights for our two research projects.  There is also an added level of pressure because I will be going home to Thanksgiving next week,…

My NFCU – Version 3

This past week we were to revise our banking app. This time we were asked to share the design with 5 random people and based upon their feedback adapt our designs. While the core of each task was successful, the ease in which one was able to accomplish was not so. Several of the participants…

Recap: Q2 | Week 3

We are currently in, as it was said to us this week, the hardest few weeks in the hardest quarter of the year. While it definitely has not be easy, I feel more in control of the work than I did last quarter. But my guess is that that is only natural as we have…

Scenes and Frames

Last week, our first assignment for Rapid Ideation was to develop an initial concept for a redesigned banking app of our choosing. I am redesigning the app for Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) This week we were to refine that concept, create five distinct story theme that frames the concept’s use, and wireframe that map…

Q2. Week 2.

Over the coming weeks, my classmates and I will be documenting our progress through our second quarter at AC4D. I will use this blog to reflect on the week and provide some insight into what we are exploring and learning and how all is woven together. My hope is that you are able to find…

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