I am a firm believer that we are defined by our actions, as well as the experiences and insight we seek – both in and out of the workplace.
For you to best understand who I am and why I would a valuable asset to your team, I will highlight the most important aspects of my journey through my
1. the more I learn...
The more I learn, the more I realize (1) how little I truly know and (2) the importance of a broad
My academic experience has been defined by a resilient work ethic and a strong sense of curiosity.
My strong sense of focus and drive enabled me to graduate from UC San Diego with honors one year ahead of schedule.
As a graduate student, I was awarded the Presidential Scholarship from BI
1. work hard. And smart.
In any job position I have held, I have always strived to push myself above and beyond expectations.
While at X.Y.ZERO.ONE, formerly known as thebrandproject*, my work has included:
As a freelancer, I have worked with engineering firms to local businesses.
TIDAL* TurnUp is a (hypothetical) synchronous music streaming experience that revolutionizes the way we listen to, share, and discover new music. Practically speaking, TurnUp seeks to combine the best aspects of music streaming and live video to create a more interactive, social, and connected audio experience.
*This is an independent project and has no direct relation to TIDAL
City Lines is a collection of minimalist posters inspired by photographs I have taken during my travels around the world over the past few years. I wanted to challenge myself to create a collection that tied together my love for photography, travel and minimalism. I could not be happier with the finished result and I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoyed creating it.
Each piece is available for print. If you would like an autographed edition
An step-by-step framework for how I created my personal brand identity. Learn about the meaning and inspiration behind each carefully selected element of the "Eric Stein" brand.
step 1: empathize
I approach any challenge with a proper design thinking attitude; I keep an open mind and always "get out of the building" to interact with or observe potential end-users. Combining qualitative research with quantitative data analysis wherever possible ensures I fully understand my client's goals and those of the optimal user base.
step 2: define
These empathy-based research findings are taken into consideration in order to define the target user segment and which of their needs should be addressed by the future design. I use this research-derived insight to define a problem statement, relying heavily on "How-Might-We..?" questions and plenty of sticky-notes.
step 3: ideate
Once the problem has been defined, it's time to generate ideas and potential solutions. Sketching and mind mapping are accompanied by a productive mix of imaginative creativity and acute rationality - that is, both in the traditional and economic sense of the word.
step 4: prototype and test
After selecting the most promising idea or ideas from Step 3, I begin working on a minimum viable prototype. Depending on the requirements and restrictions of the design challenge, I may choose to create an interactive prototype using InVision, KeyNote, or the ever-dependable pen and paper. Once the prototype is in the hands and screens of my test participants, I may use a "hands-off" moderation technique and strictly observe their interactions or a "hands-on" approach to walk through a specific user flow.
step 5: refine and repeat
As latent needs become apparent through prototype testing and ongoing personal interactions with users, the prototype will be improved until the final design handoff. Although "design is never done," this human-centered design process ensures that I consistently meed the needs of my clients and their target audience with a satisfying user experience and, consequently, a delightfully invisible design.