This is our first post in our new blog series, Local Leaders on a Mission, where we spotlight a local leader who shares our kind of passion and drive to make the world a friendlier place. Everyone has a purpose and everyone has a story...
This is Patrick's story...
Originally he's from: Bismarck, North Dakota
He came to the Twin Cities: In 1999 "to live in a larger, more progressive community and to further my career prospects as an interactive designer."
What he loves about the Cities: I’m amazed how many outrageously intelligent, creative people live here. I can only hope to be counted among them. I love the diversity, and I love me some blue state living. Also the abundance of places to enjoy the outdoors — there’s nothing like a summer in Minnesota.
As a designer he's inspired by: Typography... novel, traditional, experimental, found objects, micro-interactions... He says,
"Microinteractions can make an ordinary user experience come to life."
[Side note] I became introduced with Patrick when I decided to do my first Ignite talk this May. He's the organizer and the man responsible for bringing this awesome event to the Twin Cities. He made me feel like a rockstar throughout the whole process. And I know so many who've come before me were met with enthusiasm and support.
This year, was one of Ignite MPLS' biggest events and I was so proud to be involved. I remain super impressed with everything Patrick's built..
When he realized this chapter was forming he immediately raised his hand to be involved. He's kindly contributed to making our event next week a night to remember! When I meet people like him, who are early adopters.. who are driven to do more... I get really excited about the possibilities.
Here's a bit about why Patrick started his business, what equality means to him, and what he'd like to see as our chapter grows.
Tell us about your business Artifact UX.
I started Artifact UX this year after leaving a 10-year job as an interactive art director / UX director. The idea is to never have a regular day job again and to work on projects where usability improves people’s lives. I want to make meaning. I’ve been designing web things since 1995, so I sort of do it all.
About 6 years ago I really found my sweet spot focusing on UX. Core offerings include user research, iterative rapid prototyping, mobile app and website user experience design.
I want to partner with development firms and agencies who need UX support, as well as start-ups who need to prototype products quickly. I want to do some non profit work as well.
Scenario: A newbie comes to experience the Twin Cities for a week. What do you suggest to them?
Listen to 89.3 The Current the whole time you’re here. Have a strange new beer and some blackened salmon pasta at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul – my favorite bar. Rent a canoe on Lake Calhoun. Go check out Stillwater.
In the dead of winter go to the Como Conservatory and bask in the warmth and lush greenery as a respite from the cold and snow. Attend The Moth, Policy and a Pint, or Ignite, or go listen to some live music – almost anywhere.
What does equality mean to you here at home and the rest of world?
Everyone has a story. And everyone, to one degree or another, lives in a bubble. Equality means being open to all stories as valid and meaningful.
What motivated you to get involved with MSP OpenIDEO?
We now live in a world where social media rants, sound bites, and video clips are the main ways we experience culture. Some people say things like "no-brainer” because they like quick fixes and they can't be bothered to think too deeply. The reality is that there are very few no-brainers in life. Truth is complicated, and the simplest solutions almost always belie great complexity just beneath the surface.
"Creating change requires openness, attention to detail, and a solutions-based approach. I want to add what I can, and learn what I can from others".
What do you hope to see as the chapter evolves?
People working together to make a measurable impact in our community. People making new connections and expanding their skills as leaders and collaborators. Sharing new methods of problem solving with a larger audience.
What are some community issues you care about and want to prototype solutions for?
Access to technology and information for underserved communities. It seems to me we've arrived at a time where access to information (the Internet) should be seen as a human right, just like access to clean water or legal representation.
- Opportunities to bring people together to share understanding of one another. People who judge generally do so because they don't know them. So let's fin ways to get diverse people talking to one another.
- Our economy of scarcity is fictitious. For instance, there is more than enough food to feed every person in the world. We already have the technology and the means to live in a world without poverty. Politics, greed, access to information, access to transportation, (and probably other factors) need to be disrupted, dislodged, and redirected in order to achieve that.
An economy of abundance is achievable. For instance, France has outlawed food waste by supermarkets. Crime (and prison populations) in The Netherlands are plummeting.
Well put. Congratulations to Patrick on taking the leap to follow his passions! We look forward to working with him, and proud to name Artifact UX a 2016 Innovation Sponsor. Get in touch at artifactUX.com for wireframes, prototypes, and UX research.