Photograph of Scott NeilsonI’m Scott Neilson, a strategist and designer living and working in Portland, Oregon. Over the last couple decades, I’ve been fortunate to lead the design of many innovative product experiences across a wide range of domains. I have helped create consumer products used by millions of people and powerful business tools for smaller, more specialized audiences. I’ve worked with tech giants like Microsoft, Amazon and Google as well as numerous startups.

When my third grade teacher handed out paint and paper to my class, instructing us to “paint a picture of anything,” I thought for a moment about what I might paint but found myself truly appreciating the simplicity of that blank sheet. As my classmates began creating their paintings, I returned the paper to my teacher explaining that “I can’t improve on this.”

I like to think I still bring some of that discernment to my work. Experience has shown me that the most successful and delightful products are seldom those with the most features. More often, they are born of a human-centered mindset and a focused, uncompromising vision. I endeavor to bring both to the teams with which I work.
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