Human centered designer

Human centered design is a way of thinking that revolves around human behavior rather than  methodologies, frameworks, and prejudged solutions. This emphasis on people deeply appeals to me.
My background is in both visual journalism at Newsweek and freelance illustration.  Both disciplines revolve around communication to other humans. The process of designing an interface for memory care patients, a children’s book illustration, or a graphic for Newsweek is remarkably parallel. At the core are the real needs of a specific audience. Those needs directly shape the product.
The author Donald Saunders writes “An artist works outside the realm of strict logic. Simply knowing one’s intention and then executing it does not make good art.”  UX requires the ability to suspend intentions until the research is done, in order to create a product that humans will both need and want to use.