Kevin Hoffman (USA)

portrait of Kevin Hoffman

Kevin is a design strategist based in Philadelphia. He’s been building stuff with pixels since 1995. He’s worked as Experience Director for the award-winning web design agency Happy Cog, and today he leads digital strategy projects for a variety of well-known brands.

How To Rebuild Amidst Crisis

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In April of 2012, my role as the experience director for a high-paying, well-respected web design agency ceased to exist. After 18 years of designing websites and the strategies behind them, I found myself in a strange place of incredibly high risk and tremendous opportunity. Do I seek out another full-time position? Write a book? Start my own company? Change careers? Pursue another degree? Will I be able to pay my bills and provide for my family?

Unexpected crisis has taught me invaluable lessons, but it can be tough to see them at first. For example, I was devastated when I lost my mother to a horrific battle with cancer in 2008. But I still find value in that experience, which helps me navigate complex professional challenges—like rebuilding my career from scratch. In this talk I’ll share the skills I’ve accumulated for:

  • coping with loss,
  • recovering from crisis, and
  • evolving—or holding fast to—my values to meet the unknown.

Who’s behind this?

At Together London we organise events to help you change your organisation. We’re here to make Dare Conference a safe space where everyone is treated with respect. Reach us at info@dareconf.com or Together London.

Jonathan Kahn

Jonathan Kahn

organiser
@lucidplot
David Caines

David Caines

branding and illustration
@salon16
Rhiannan Walton

Rhiannan Walton

co-organiser
@RhiannanW
Daniel Howells

Daniel Howells

digital design
@howells
Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Sara Wachter-Boettcher

content strategy
@sara_ann_marie