nstephensonI view design as a way of thinking… thinking about how current situations can be transformed into preferred ones.

My work focuses on the principles of human-centered design, which put people at the heart of decision making. When you focus on the people affected by a design and their needs, then work backwards from that understanding, design can be utilized to help people have more positive experiences.

My research interests include service-learning in design education, empathy in design thinking, visuals that simplify complexity, design for the aging population, human-centered design, user experience (UX), design for social change, service design and brand strategy.

I enjoy spending time with my husband, son and our three cats, discovering new music, looking at maps (I’m not kidding), experimenting with new design tools and web technologies, watching basketball, hanging out at the soccer field, running, drinking coffee, and learning about Australian culture.