DiscoverAustin Art TalkEpisode 79: Oen Hammonds - Design Thinking
Episode 79: Oen Hammonds - Design Thinking

Episode 79: Oen Hammonds - Design Thinking

Update: 2020-01-01
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"There is nothing wrong with failing. Failing is a learning moment. If you failed and you took the time to reflect and learn why you failed, and what you can do to change that course, and who can help you with that, most importantly, then you haven’t failed. You’ve just learned something."




Oen Hammonds is a Design Principal at IBM here in Austin where his job focuses on employee experience design. As early as High School he found himself designing for others, and after an eight year stint in the U.S. Army, he picked up where he left off and studied design in college. The jobs he has had since have all challenged him and have added to his skill set in different ways. He talks a lot about his path to the success he has found today and how important it is for a designers to have humility in their work. We delve into the subject of Design Thinking and all the ways that framework can be adapted to peoples careers and everyday life. Oen has also been sharing his knowledge as a teacher for the last fifteen years and is married to accomplished artist and teacher Hollis Hammonds.









About text courtesy of Oen's website



Designer | Advocate | Educator



Knowledgeable Design Principal with solid grasp of development, implementation and optimization of communication and leadership skills. Goal-driven Graphic Designer successful at applying technical skills to create work that informs and engages customers. Clear communicator and collaborative team player with an eye for detail and skill in customer relations. Ready to bring 20+ years' experience to dynamic position in fast-paced environment.









Some of the subjects we discuss:



Designer

Advocate

Teacher

Student diversity

Art vs Design

Humility/Ego

Mad Men

Meeting needs

Telling a story

Buyer loyalty

High school

Mac Classic

Getting paid?

Joined the Army

College/NKU

Design style

Early influences

Benchmark

From large to small

Move to Austin

Y&R experience

Agency vs In-house

Move to IBM

4 different roles

Design Thinking

Team activities

Empathy map

Useful in life

Being reactive

Constructive meetings

EDT development

Open source/badges

It’s a Framework

The Loop

Observe

Reflect, Create

Solving a problem

Loosely held

Courage/slow down

Oen’s career course

Failure/goals

Mentorship

Using EDT in life

Year end review

More time for fun

Personal work









This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.



Intro music generously provided by Stan Killian



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Episode 79: Oen Hammonds - Design Thinking

Episode 79: Oen Hammonds - Design Thinking

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