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I help early-stage design teams elevate their UX Design, UX Strategy, and Design Ops from 😐 to 😍!

Ash Delvillan

Co-Founder at Two Evils Games

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"Dylan is an unmatched idea generator: he seeks out feedback in the early, ugly, and uncertain stages of a project and pursues new data on which to build a solid foundation for solutions."

"It’s a great pleasure to recommend Dylan Cooper for the role of UX Designer.

There are two things you should know about Dylan. First, he is an unmatched idea generator: he seeks out feedback in the early, ugly, and uncertain stages of a project and pursues new data on which to build a solid foundation for solutions. Second, his curiosity is infectious. Whenever I planned cross-functional team placements, Dylan was my secret weapon: a cure for what ailed a team stuck in analysis-paralysis.

Because Dylan fails fast, he succeeds often. In his work on my Product team, Dylan redesigned a complicated and thorny navigation system for our flagship product. The product’s existing navigation struggled under the weight of redoubling its functionality each release, and additionally, serviced more than five personas, each with differing levels of system access. Dylan navigated the complexity with curiosity, unafraid of failing even in the face of something as intimidating as global navigation. Dylan’s discovered direction was added to the roadmap in the following quarter.

Dylan’s impact is not limited strictly to the product itself. In Dylan’s most recent placement on a cross-functional team, I did not select based on Dylan’s exceptional breadth of knowledge or thick UI requirements, as I certainly could have. Instead, I placed him alongside a struggling peer: a growing designer who was grappling with feedback skills and confidence issues. Over the development of that cycle, I watched that uncertain designer sketch more confidently, participate more comfortably in critiques, and self-report higher engagement and self-assurance week over week. I directly attribute this to Dylan’s restorative, stabilizing, and empowering impact.

While I have taken a great deal of space in this letter to share what I have personally found most unique in Dylan as a designer and team member, I will take this last moment to confirm I am roundly confident in his skills. He is a clear and expeditious prototyper and Figma expert. He has shown extraordinary proficiency developing an in-flux design system with the team as well as working with established standards. He is effective in both the first diamond and the second, with the skills and the open-mind to validate and test his team’s solutions. He is equally invested in the details of improving a mature product as much as he is in the large unknowns of an immature one.

Should you be looking for someone with these hard skills plus a contagious curiosity, I recommend Dylan highly."

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At Work

I specialize in designing complex enterprise apps for early-stage design teams. With enterprise apps the key is to zoom out. I'm never designing a solution to a specific problem, but the general solution to the generic problem across the application.

Early-stage design teams require me to zoom in and examine the details of how our work gets done. I need to treat my design team as a product itself and create the systems and processes to help designers enjoy doing their best work.

At Home

I'm still designing or reading a great book. There's always an idea I want to work on or something new to learn.

When I'm not designing you can find me watching classic NBA games on Youtube, puzzling over my next chess move, or laughing with my girlfriend fiancée.

MY STORY

What's The Most Important Second of Your Life?

I can give an almost exact answer — January 31st, 2015 at 12:05 pm when I sustained a concussion at a college track meet. 5 years would pass before my life returned to anything resembling normal.

I couldn't work, but I fell in love with UX and spent the next 5 years learning everything I could about it. I made it my mission to become a world-class designer and have been working in the industry ever since.

If you know anyone suffering from this tragically misunderstood condition, feel free to reach out and I'll help however I can.