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Kade Schemahorn

Kade Schemahorn is a designer with experience tackling complex and messy problems. He enjoys working through high-level strategy as much as getting in the weeds. As an alum of AC4D, he believes in the power of design to drive the development of concepts that connect with people and that can lead to positive social impact. Today, he works with the team at Handsome in Austin, doing research and facilitating the design of products and services for a wide variety of clients. Bonus facts: Kade studied philosophy and gender, taught English in France, and will always miss living in Oregon.

Recent blog posts

Oh-hi: Helping military spouses meet new friends

For seven months, David Bill, Miranda Hoffman, and I have been exploring the world of the military family. Our goal was to learn about their challenges and explore opportunities to address those challenges through the creation of a product or service. One particular issue stuck out to us. The Problem Every year, a third of…

Oh-hi: Pitching and Piloting

Our team has been working on the development of a tool for military spouses to find each other in their respective communities with the express intent of making new friends. We’re currently in the middle of trying to get a pilot up and running and spent the last week iterating on several things… How we…

U.S. Bank Mobile Banking App: Design Strategy Feature Brief

We’ve been working for months on the redesign of mobile banking apps. We’ve gone from the creation of concept maps (high-level articulations of the app’s structure) all the way to a design strategy feature brief (a detailed articulation of the vision for the project). The design strategy feature brief is a satisfying document to create because…

Testing Friendship

This week, our project team got some traction around testing our idea. We’re working toward the development of a service to help military spouses make new friends in person. We have a pile of assumptions and questions around the idea that we’re working to better understand. To do that, we’re finding people that we feel…

US Bank Mobile Banking App Redesign: Product Roadmap

We are getting closer to the development phase for our mobile banking app project. My last post involved creating estimates for feature development across the entire system. Now, we’re working on turning those estimates into a product roadmap that will help guide the development process. A product roadmap lays out groups of features that should be implemented at one time in order…

US Bank Mobile Banking App Redesign: Development Resource Planning

We have been redesigning mobile banking apps, and so far, it’s been all about the user: What are the user’s goals? Can users accomplish their goals? How can we make the design even better? Now, it’s time to look at what we’ve got and figure out how to get it into the app store. That means code.…

Military Spouses Project Team Update

The process. Trust the process. Our project team has been working for months now to understand the lives of military families, spouses in particular. We are starting to gain some confidence around the path along which all of our research has led us. It feels like the process is paying off. Our guiding light, the…

Mobile Banking App: Opportunities for Improvement

Throughout quarter 2, we redesigned various mobile banking apps. We are continuing to build upon the redesigned systems this quarter through additional evaluation methods. To set some context, the following is the process we’ve used to arrive at where we are today. Process and Methods We went through the identification of user goals and the…

Rapid Iteration & Creative Problem Solving: The Final Iteration

While a design can never really be “done”, there may be an end state, a point at which you stop working on it. And because this was a pretty well-contained school project, this may be the final time this gets touched. Which is a shame because I made some pretty significant changes based on both…

Reflection: On the Value of Making Lots of Things

What I’ve learned this week is another thing that I already knew but now understand much deeper. Last week, I talked about the importance of iteration, of doing work early in order to have the time to do it again, better. Now, I more deeply understand the value not only of making a thing, but…

Banking App Redesign: Iteration 6

Full PDF of this iteration of wireframes: USBank_Wireframes_Kade_r6.pdf Last week, we had a curveball thrown at us. The idea was that our company just merged with another company and management is requiring us to integrate the new company’s product as fast as possible. Feature 1: Provide a snapshot of the user’s finances and their trends.…

Reflection: On the value of making a thing and iteration

This week, all three projects we’re working on got to a point where the ideas could be put into the world in some way and understood by people who didn’t create them. Here’s a rundown of the projects and how they’re currently manifesting… Rapid Ideation & Creative Problem Solving: I created a prototype that others…

Mobile Banking App: Iteration 4

Today, we’re delivering the 4th iteration of our wireframes for the mobile banking apps we’re redesigning. This round, I added recurring payments and built out the screens accessible through the menu. I tested these changes using think aloud testing (previous post on the topic) and made revisions. I’ll be presenting these revisions during critique this evening. Here’s a…

Service Design: Customer Journey Map v2

A few weeks ago, Miranda and I posted about the first full iteration of our customer journey map. That post is here: http://www.ac4d.com/2015/11/customer-journey-maps-forbidden-fruit/ We got a ton of feedback on it. We tried to tackle a few big pieces of criticism to create our next iteration: The density of information is pretty uniform. You have…

Mobile Banking App Redesign: Iteration 3

We’re continuing work on the redesign of mobile banking apps. Today, I wrapped up the addition of new functionality in my wireframes, which I’ll be doing user testing on this coming week: The original menu design was brought back in to house the Log Out button and three links, including Notifications. I also added the details…

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