Geoffrey W. Brown | 2017

International Experience

Geoffrey Brown is an American human-centered interaction designer currently based in Oakland, California.

Geoffrey has studied written and spoken Russian for 2 years with a private tutor, and has independently studied written and spoken Japanese on and off for 2 years. He’s far from conversational in either. The good news is Geoffrey is incredibly eager to learn, explore and practice in all aspects of his life. Additional skills include an adventurous spirit and lots of passion.

Geoffrey’s international design experience stems from his time at IDEO and HTC. At IDEO, Geoffrey worked with large consumer electronics companies based in Taiwan on on-going client engagements. Geoffrey helped design and lead comprehensive on-the-ground qualitative research in Taipei, working directly with IDEO designers and client team members. In 2011, Geoffrey moved to Taipei for 3 months to actively engage in continuous on-site work. His time abruptly came to a halt in March of that year when Japan experienced the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

Geoffrey’s time at HTC involved frequent trips to Taipei as well. Geoffrey learned first-hand about working with non-US based executive leadership and engineering teams, and how to approach both successfully.

Geoffrey prescribes to the notion of “you gotta go to know.” He is currently interested in exploring projects that involve high levels of small team cross-functional collaboration that are predicated on design research. Interests also include design for emerging markets, extreme users, and work that directly impacts the intended audience.