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Michael Delaney is a Design Director at Nike in Portland, Oregon.
Effective design starts with the end in mind...Inspiration and creativity are common when you tune in, but a complete understanding of the consumer for whom your designs are servicing and the problems and objectives you are trying to address, is really what good design is all about.
Innovation lies in the efficiency, grace and wonder of the creative solution and the emotional and practical reactions to it. Michael Delaney's education evolved from a "learn by doing" philosophy to learn by listening. Cal Poly taught him the skills necessary to be a productive designer. Stanford taught him how to walk in another person’s sneakers. Through human centered empathy and first hand observation, a passion for curation and invention was instilled in Michael Delaney.
Most recent positions that Michael Delaney has filled focused on leading teams of designers creating digital content and physical experiences at consumer touch points for .com, retail and branded environments. For these efforts, Michael Delaney worked to craft the vision and strategy for each project, fostering each team member’s innate storytelling ability, coaching them through the basic design process of curation, inspiration, identifying patterns, exploring the options, developing ideas, communicating concepts clearly to build support and to execute, flawlessly.
Michael earned his Bachelor f Science (BS) in Graphic Design from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Product Design from Stanford University.
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