14 Jun Now we are three
It would have been nice if we could have used the exact title of A.A. Milne’s book of children’s verse, Now We Are Six, but this is a big enough announcement (six is more of a number for another year’s time) as it is.
The first half of 2017 has been pretty major for us with a recasting of our name and offerings, a new website (you’re looking at it), and now, growth!
I’m very proud to announce that there are now two new team members at acidlabs Studios. Those two people are Nathanael Coyne, who’s on as a Senior Designer, and Kara DeFrias, who’s joined as a Principal Designer. You can read about them on our team page.
Nathanael is well known in Australian and NZ design circles and brings a combination of technical skills, agile expertise, design focus, and familiarity with both private sector and public sector design. He’s worked with a range of federal government agencies including Immigration and Border Protection and AMSA as a designer, and at Industry, Innovation and Science, Health and the ATO as an agile coach. I’ve known Nat for over ten years, and we’ve worked together on several projects, including some work for the ACT Government a few years back, and for several years as teammates at TEDxCanberra.
Kara joins us from San Diego (she’s still there) and provides senior level design experience to lead and support everyone here. Most recently Kara served as UX Director for Vice President Biden at the White House. Her background is a unique mix of private and public sector technology leadership experience, including four years with TurboTax, as the founder of TEDxIntuit, and an appointment to the first class of Presidential Innovation Fellows. In the latter she served as entrepreneur-in-residence, reimagining the relationship between the government and the people from a technology perspective. She’s done pro-bono digital and product strategy for orgs like Team Rubicon; spent ten days in rural India teaching micro-entrepreneur women product management and business skills; and guest lectures at UC San Diego STEM Academy for high school girls. Kara and I met through the TEDx community and have known each other since 2012.
Also published on Medium.