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 XDers at Havas – a global marketing agency. They are without a doubt some of the best in the business.
I was born in Japan and lived overseas for 20 years. I grew up in the Middle East and Europe.
I write here from time to time – https://medium.com/@twolongstrides
My Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/twolongstrides/
You can read more about me here.
You can read my profile on LinkedIn.
You can follow me on Twitter. Though I lurk more than I do the birdsong thingy.
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.