Hi, I'm Brandon Fiksel!
I'm a multidisciplinary designer, currently completing the Master of Human-Computer Interaction (MHCI) at Carnegie Mellon University, passionate about UX Design that infuses creativity into technology.
Since childhood I have been driven to create stories and express ideas, no matter the medium— poetry, prose, drawing, photography, video, music, and more. In parallel, I've been fervently exploring whatever technology I could get my hands on, especially computer-based programs which could enhance my creative pursuits in surprising ways.
I pursued storytelling with my undergraduate Writing degree at Johns Hopkins University and digital technology with my career as a Digital Producer in the medical marketing industry.
My first full-time job was at BGB Group, a medical communications agency in New York City whose tagline “creativity + science” resonated with my passions. After less than a year I was promoted from Associate Digital Producer to Digital Producer. I was responsible for the full development life-cycle, from conceptual brainstorming to client relations and onsite event support, including the minute details of execution and quality assurance testing, working closely with the UX designers. In 2018, I accepted a Senior Producer position at a company in the same industry, Medical Knowledge Group, where I took on broader project management responsibilities including detailed scoping, project planning, and client communication.
My professional experience has given me insights into the diverse internal disciplines that have a stake in user experience—digital strategists, account services, visual artists, copy editors, UX designers, coders, animators, QA testers. And through my studies and projects at CMU, I have learned invaluable practical research methods, both generative and evaluative, to ensure my designs will always put humans at the center.
To see a fuller picture of my experience and how I ended up in HCI, take a look at my resume.
And when I'm not designing... I like to make surreal photography
in Photoshop, curate my cat's instagram page
, produce and compose electronic music for my indie bedroom pop band, B.B. Park
, and play as Wii Fit Trainer in Super Smash Bros Ultimate.