James is a sociologist, design researcher, and musician.
After completing a bachelor’s in sociology and economics at Harvard University, James attended the HPI D-School in Potsdam, then spent four years in Silicon Valley as a design researcher at Proteus Digital Health. He currently works as an independent design and user experience consultant, which includes coaching design thinking and strategy workshops and contracting as a UX researcher.
James has extensive experience as an interview moderator, and enjoys the challenge of sense-making and pattern-finding in the synthesis phase. He often explores the intersection between mindfulness practices and design, especially how meditation and bodywork can moderate ego and improve empathy for immersive research and interviews.
James also brings design into music as an electronic music producer, DJ, and event organizer who has organized everything from intimate gatherings to 500-person open airs. Though his main love is performing music, he also loves the challenge of collaborating on interactive themes, decorations, and logistics to create memorable experiences for others.
James speaks English, German, Italian, and some Turkish, and feels most at home in Berlin, San Francisco, and his hometown of Boston.