The d.school community is constantly growing, and we're always happy to see folks share their stories. This month, we welcomed eight new fellows to the d.school, including Jason Mayden.
An alumni of Stanford's Graduate School of Business, Jason came to us from Nike, where he was the senior design innovation lead for Jordan Brand. He was also an advisor to the d.school fellows program before becoming a fellow himself this year. You can read more about Jason here on the whiteboard. But you can also read more about his experiences as a fellow on Hypebeast.
That's right, Jason has his own blog, which is aptly titled "The Design Fellow".
The blog is an exploration of Jason's experiences both personal and professional. In his first post, Jason writes of his experience leaving Nike, recapping the first time he visited Michael Jordan's home:
"There were no words spoken amongst my peers. They had been here before. To them this was business as usual. But for me, it was a childhood dream coming true right in front of my eyes. I went from a child growing up on the South Side of Chicago who never could afford to attend a Bulls game to a grown man who was about visit the private residence of Michael himself. I couldn’t believe that this was happening to me."
I won't ruin the ending, but it's worth getting to.
In another post, Jason describes his path away from Nike to MarkOne, where is currently Vice President of Design. He includes a key moment with his son, which sparked his passion for tackling childhood obesity:
"...out of the corner of my eye, I noticed my son standing motionless in front of the bathroom mirror, wearing only a towel and a look of absolute defeat. A look that would break the heart of any loving, involved parent. At this moment I slowly stood up and carefully walked towards him knowing that the words that leapt from my lips had to be lovingly curated. “Whats the matter?” I asked in a sincere tone. “I don’t love who I am, I’m not like the rest of the kids. Why do I have to be fat?” my son responded.
That simple but earth-shattering statement became the rally cry for a massive shift in my professional trajectory."
Jason will be blogging from The Design Fellow on Hypebeast, so be sure to check it out.