Tyler Besecker joins ThoughtForm
ThoughtForm is happy to announce that Tyler Besecker has joined our team as a strategist. Tyler recently shared with us a little bit about the journey that led him to ThoughtForm, examples of design work that he admires, and some thoughts for new designers.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
I began my design career in architecture where I discovered a passion for deeply understanding the experience of users. Naturally this led me to research and strategy, for which I pursued a Master of Design at the Institute of Design IIT in Chicago. At ID my field of design practice expanded to focus on method innovation, systems design, and adaptive research. Much of my career has been in the healthcare sector which has allowed me to develop an appreciation for approaching design through a humanist lens and holistic design practice. Moving through the design profession from architecture to strategy and research, all the while focusing on experience innovation, has given me a unique set of skills for finding clarity in complexity, approaching problems with a human-centered lens, and mobilizing diverse stakeholders. Outside of the office, I’m an art and design nerd, maker, and dog Dad.
What’s an example of a design you admire today?
I admire Ilsa Crawford and Studioilsa’s work a lot. They design very honest experiences and thoughtfully responsible products. You get a fresh but familiar feeling in their spaces which is often difficult to achieve. The design profession has become enlightened to the humanity of its users and that made design more effective, yet somewhere in that pursuit we negotiated out the humanity of the designer. I always admire any design that retains humanity in both sides of that relationship.
What advice do you have for someone just getting started down a similar career path to your own?
Design is ambiguous, so unlike some other professions there will not be a path or algorithm to begin a career in design. Because each designer’s journey is so unique, it’s incredibly enlightening to learn as much as you can from a diverse set of experiences. As cliché as it might be, build a network and chat with as many designers as you can. Our field is built on relationships and so will any successful career. Everybody loves to speak about themselves so ask for stories and ask for favors! Initiative is also important so explore what you want to do outside of schooling or work, once you start everything else will fall into place.
Who’s currently on your work playlist?
I’m a particular fan of Crime Junkies or any thoughtful storytelling podcast. Though you might most often hear a coffee house playlist coming from my desk!