📝 Bio
Derek has a decade long career as an in-house and agency print, branding, web + digital, and UI/UX designer. 
He uses empathy, and a decade of design experience, to help people and businesses achieve their goals. He's worked in cities across the United States including Philadelphia and Chicago, but currently resides in Boise with his wife, daughter, dog, and Juniper Bonsai.

6  Career Lessons Learned:
1. Listen to people — their perspective matters.
2. Kill your darlings and keep pushing.
3. Emotions > Rational Thinking
4. Creativity is about respecting constraints.
5. Design is measured by its impact, learn to speak khaki.
6. Knowledge is power. Continue to learn new things.

🔎 Interests

Full Stack Design
I partner with developers often and speak the same language. While I have some skills in CSS, HTML, and JS, I'm raising my bar as a designer by completing courses in front-end development from SuperHi.

Design Systems
After attending Adobe MAX in 2018, I've been dedicated to learning all I can about design systems, the connected workflow, and how to design at scale. I've incorporated my learnings into my work at Clearwater Analytics on the Northfork Design System.

A11Y + Inclusive Design
Having a deep understanding of Accessibility and Inclusive design is critical for designers. Understanding how to design for accessibility and with (not for) a diverse set of people is something I strive to improve on. I've recently finished several good books (Mismatch and Building for Everyone) on the subject and intend on pursuing my CPACC Certification.

United Nations Foundation
Sustainable Development Goals
I am very interested in how my work can contribute to the 17 sustainable development goals for the next decade set forth by the United Nations Foundation. My personal goal is to be mindful of the impact my work has on the people of the world, and do my best to be responsible with my choices.
🎓 Education
BFA, Graphic Design
2010 — Cum Laude, Roberts Fellowship
Saginaw Valley State University

👨🏻‍💻 Current Company

Clearwater Analytics
UI/UX Designer
Rudel Creative Co.

👋🏼 Professional Groups
Sustaining Member, AIGA
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