My name is Ziya Danishmend and I reside somewhere north of New York City. Not too far north to be removed from its influences. Thankfully.

I am a designer by training and a XD (experience design) strategist by profession. My passion is the design of products and experiences that address real human needs.  I practice lean methodologies because of my background and early training in anthropology (“get out of the building!”) and am a big proponent of Agile and HCD (human centered design). I’ve worked with startups and global brands and consider myself the gadfly of customer first.

I lead a team of kick-ass XDers at Havas – a global marketing agency. They are without a doubt some of the best in the business.

I write here from time to time – https://medium.com/@twolongstrides

My Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/twolongstrides/

My portfolio is here. My other portfolio is here.

You can read more about me here and see my resume here.

You can read my profile on LinkedIn.

You can follow me on Twitter. Though I don’t normally post there.

You can check me out on Pinterest.

You can see what questions I follow on Quora.

And you can see presentations I’ve favorited on Slideshare.