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Joshua Browning

I enjoy outdoor activities and spending time with my family. I love to rock climb, play basketball, and go to lake with my dog Indy. When time and money permits me to travel I enjoy experiencing new cultures and trying new things. I am not much of a food person, though I will say that pesto in Rome is one of the best things I have ever tasted.

I am a native Texan born and raised. I spent four years completing my undergraduate degree in Business Administration at the University of Utah. I came back to Texas in 2016 to begin a career in Graphic Design and after many months of grinding I understood that I did not want to be a Graphic Designer, I actually wanted to fix big problems through interactive and experience design.

I am incredibly passionate about where my life is heading and I am hoping that, in my time spent with AC4D, I can acquire new skills and habits that will allow me to make an everlasting impact on the world for good. I am excited to learn the skills to be an interactive designer and social entrepreneur because, to me, solving those “wicked problems” is more important than any amount of money or success. In the end it will not be my career’s success or height of social status that gives me satisfaction, it will be whether or not I spend my resources and efforts helping others.

Recent blog posts

How We Arrived At Comedy As A Concept

Understanding Civic Engagement It is our understanding that voting, volunteering and being a sustainable member within neighborhoods and communities are all ways that residents can give their voice back, find resources for aid, and lean on their community for help in trying times. By focusing on how residents currently participate civically, or if they even…

Designers Are Just Doctors With Different Tech

What limits what we (as designers) can imagine?   To answer that we have to defamiliarize ourselves from the constructs of profession and what a “Designer” truly is. I’ll do this by focusing on a separate but equally relevant profession. Doctors.   Far back to when doctors first came around they didn’t start off by…

Slicing Flows To Ship Minimal Loveable Product

After the developer meetings I had a few weeks ago and putting together our estimates for my  mobile banking application I was instructed to take my mobile banking application redesign wireframes and “Thin Slice” the hero flows in order to ship a minimal viable product. Then I was asked to create a product roadmap illustrating…

It’s Not Personal. It’s Just Design.

We are taught as designers that we should not ask the user what they want because, in the words of Henry Ford, “If I had asked my customers what they wanted they’d have said faster horses.” I love that quote and to me it sums up the value of a designer. A designer has the…

Communication and The Process of Shipping Products

Shipping My Banking Application   I have returned to my Randolph Brooks Wireframes for the first assignment in our Product Management class of Q4. The class teaches us the fundamental methods of product management and what it takes to understand the scope of big workings like taking a product from wireframe to market. It’s a big…

Masquerading as a Social Entreprenuer

What If I Cave?  The most provocative that the readings brought up in my mind was this idea that Jessi Hempel mentioned in her article. She writes, “The only thing worse than not asking the questions, is not paying attention to the answers that don’t fit into their world view, because it’s inconvenient.”   The overall message…

The Value Of The Comedian

Overview The main assignment for this week was to map out the concept from start to finish in a service blueprint that included all key customer touch points and the players involved. However, in addition to that assignment, we needed to accomplish some things from last week that we did not successfully run through. We still needed…

Last Week Tonight With Josh, Scott, and Maria

We decided to venture into our idea from last week, Civic Night. The high-level concept of the idea is Trivia Night + The Daily Show. The goal is to create an event that brings people together on the issues surrounding Austin but in a fun, light, and entertaining way. We have several assumptions about this…

A Shift In Scope

This week, instead of wrapping up the remaining screens needed for the app we were given a scenario. Our task was to implement new features from a company that our bank had acquired. The features revolved around financial modeling, statistical trends, and managing spending habits. To create these screens I looked at several apps and secondary…

Civic Engagement Project Wall Presentation

Background In the past six weeks Nicole Nagel, Scott Reed and I have focus on how low-income citizens articulate their viewpoints through city government. Our research started on the subject of civic engagement as given to us as a topic of research for our quarter two Studio project. Our team focused primarily on those citizens…

Wireframe Iterations

We continue to make iterations for our mobile banking app wireframes. Much like my last blog post I performed usability testing on complete strangers. This time, however, I tested with five individuals instead of three and I focused mainly on the overall navigation of the interface. Last week, as mentioned in the previous post, I focused…

Mobile Banking App Redesign

  In our Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving class we are focusing on redesigning a mobile banking application. My design focuses on the Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union mobile banking app. In previous blog posts, I highlight making concept maps and wireframes in order to understand how the current app works and what areas…

Wireframes

The second assignment in Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem solving was creating wireframes. I started this process by creating three distinct people. John, Elle and Frank. By creating three individuals with individual backgrounds and characteristics I was able to understand what goals they (and potential users like them) may have in interacting with the mobile app.…

Trust the Process & Always Be Moving Forward

I went into the first assignment of Rapid Ideation and Problem Solving feeling great about my role as a designer. I knew then, as I know now, that I have a great amount of work ahead of me if I want to achieve the goals I have set for my career. One of those goals…

Poverty = Profit

It’s December. Rick is laying in bed at his window looking out at the night sky as the cars go by. He can hear city lights and faint noises just off in the distance. Just then he sees tiny snow flakes fall from the sky. It’s beautiful. Rick pull the covers closer and snuggle in tight as he slowly drifts off…

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