Futures, Research, & Insight-Driven Design

Shawn Cole

Co-founder at Humanistic – I am endlessly fascinated by new technologies. My imagination runs wild with possibilities and applications that make things better, makes things easier, or just makes things awesome.

I create products and services people love by better understanding the people that use them. I thrive when ideas are fuzzy by developing strategies to define the right problem to solve.

Previously, as a product design leader, I worked closely with executives and clientele who required expert advisory & implementation services in strategy, research, product & experience design, and product development support.

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My Work

Wave Financial

Exploring the future of small business finance.

Developed technology investment strategies that anticipate coming tectonic shifts to the economic paradigm. Explored the application of machine intelligence research for future SMEs. Developed 40 new growth opportunity spaces.

Strategic Foresight

R&D Commercialization

Huawei

Simplifying life by predicting intent.

Explored & developed novel interactions for a next generation operating system governed by machine intelligence. Features will be integrated with the OS on 300M+ Huawei smartphones worldwide.

R&D Commercialization

Product & Experience Design

Helpful

AI enabled video messaging for teams.

Created a fun and fast video messaging platform for connecting people at work. Launched on iOS, Android, & web. Leveraged machine intelligence R&D to create novel skill-based search capabilities. Helpful was acquired by Shopify, Q1 2019.

Product Strategy

R&D Commercialization

Product & Experience Design

ALDO

Reimagining retail: the store of the future.

Design and development of market leading store layout, technology, and architecture. Designed next generation retail service and experience. Global store rollout. iOS App Store 2015 App of the Year. Wildly successful associate system and app.

Strategic Foresight

R&D Commercialization

Product & Experience Design