A Forum for Innovation
Introducing Member: Karen McGrane
Company: Bond Art + Science
Position: Senior Partner
City: New York
Cultural Ambassador: N/A
Interests: Agile and/or Rapid Application Development and Design, Data Visualization, Design (Visual, Interactive, UXD, Environmental), Executive Coaching, Media, Organizational Design, Sociology of Work, Sustainable models for business, design and development, Start-Ups, Technology, Writing
Questions and AnswersWhat will you say about the work you've done at the end of your career?
I was there! I lived through it! And (hopefully) I played some small role in making it better.Where do you go for inspiration?
Online.How do you build resilience into your work & company?
You have to find the sweet spot between wanting to be great and wanting to be sane. Maybe it's like the designer's version of the serenity prayer: God and/or Henry Dreyfuss grant me: - the serenity to accept the constraints that cannot be changed - the courage to fight the constraints that really need to be broken - and the wisdom to know the differenceWhat keeps you up at night?
Caffeine after noon.What gets you up in the morning?
The internet isn't good enough yet.How is your work cross-cultural?
I think everything is cross-cultural through osmosis, but nothing is really cross-cultural unless you explicitly set out to try and meld different influences.
I'm a user experience generalist, with a variety of skills across research, strategy/planning, interaction design, information architecture, content strategy, and usability testing. Most of my work is in digital product design for publishers, financial service firms, and other complex application design. My research focus for 2010 is around how digital technology changes the way people work together. I don't just mean tools like email or collaborative document editing. What I've observed is that the influence of the internet means that every company now is a technology company, every company has to design digital products, every company has to think like a publisher. How do successful companies make that shift, and how do relationships between business units, departments, and employees change as a result?