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.