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.
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:
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