Winslow Robinson, PhD

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Leveraging design thinking for social good
Winslow's Skills
Product Management
Design
Background

Startup Experience

Founded 1 startup

Age Group

25-35

About Winslow

Growing up, I can remember watching my mom draft logos for my family’s organic berry farm on Quark Express, my head barely able to see above the desk. My favorite was when she would let me delete a sketch using Quark’s easter egg alien, with a full-on laser blast of ROYGBIV. When she had finally settled on an image, with a strong preference for high contrast, she would proudly print black and white logos onto sticky paper.

Then the family collaboration would start in earnest, where my sister and I would apply the sticky labels to freshly made jars of jam. Not all labels were perfectly horizontal, but my mom knew that wasn’t the point. My dad and I would then sell our jams at weekend Farmer’s Markets on blazing hot July afternoons.

When my dad was diagnosed with ALS, the ease of family life changed. His five year battle ended the same year my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She would pass away when I was 24.

These losses taught me that the assumptions of safety and predictability every child should know don’t always work out as planned, and these adverse experiences with health created an interest in mental health, as a way for me to give back to people whose expectations of life had also become unpredictable.

Social work had found me, and while its mission of beneficence seemed clear, I’ve always felt the field lacked the toolkit to scale social change. Through my doctoral work, I believe this toolkit exists at the intersection of design and entrepreneurship, bringing my early family story full circle.

I am currently seeking career opportunities in the design field, leveraging the skills designers have used for years to make life better for people.

My nascent portfolio uses divergent-convergent thinking, as I generate prototypes and iterate quickly using the ‘move fast and break things’ mindset. Find it at: https://www.winslowrobinson.com/portfolio.

Check out my first Medium post, “Why your next UX colleague could be a social worker”: https://medium.com/@wsr/why-your-next-ux-colleague-could-be-a-social-worker-2e88c0fd3a65

More at winslowrobinson.com.

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Quote

Commit errors of commission, not errors of omission. - Harry Parad

Education

Connecticut College

BA

2004 - 2008

Columbia University

Master of Science of Social Work (MSSW)

2009 - 2011

Boston University

PhD in Social Work

2013 - 2018

Co-working Space

Engine Room (Portland, ME)

2017 - Today