looking directly at current or potential users, interacting with your product or service, in the lab or in the wild
Work & References
I help companies create added value in understanding of, even collaboration with, their audience, customers & users. These are some of the many faces of that endeavour.
Skills & Powers
Users are your customers - the better your understanding of them, the better your business.
It’s really that simple.
Where your market research can tell you what your customers are doing, and data and statistics can tell you how they do it, user understanding can help you understand WHY they do it. WHY enables you to improve and expand your current business, and to find, or even create, new opportunities and avenues – WHY aligns your value proposition with the needs and desires of the people who buy your product.
There are many ways to better understand your customers – these are the four main vectors of Jesper W. of Copenhagen:
one tailor-made, user-centered brainstorming session, focused on your challenge, pure & simple
a fundamentally human-centered, creative problem solving process
To foment your user-centered value proposition within the company, re-examine it, be inspired, informed and enlightened
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Since sometime in the early 00’s I’ve often used the word “Playmaker” to describe my professional attitude – the concept comes from soccer and was once described thus:” – an attacking player who controls the flow of the team’s offensive play, and is often involved in passing moves which lead to goals. [….] – creativity is the only true requirement, and good passing ability and tactical awareness help”
In other words, my basic work ethic is “let’s get this done, together”.
Also, no experience is without use – over a career ranging across such disparate areas as army sargeant, musician, massage therapist, cabinet maker, furniture-, interior- and digital designer, project management, retail sales & management, webshop design & implementation and more, I found that, besides making my outlook and mind scope both wide and deep, the experience from all these fields could be forged into a comprehensive set of human-centered problemsolving tools.
So that’s what I did. My fuel is my determination, using these tools to solve the wicked problems of this world – and create good business in the process.
– Jesper Wille
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