Why hiring a team diverse in perspective and background leads to a great culture.
Steve Johnson is a pop culture fanatic and avid musician whose career in user-centered design started as a skills trainer with autistic children at Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE). By redesigning and tweaking everyday objects for children with mild to severe autism, he developed a design philosophy focused on observing behaviors, mapping patterns, identifying goals, and testing key assumptions. After PACE, Steve worked in interactive gaming with Electronic Arts and later moved to Adobe Systems, where he led the User Experience Design Group, a team responsible for Adobe's mobile, consumer, and professional product lines. Now with LinkedIn, Steve leads a multidisciplinary team of user experience design (UED) professionals made up of marketing and brand communication designers, voice and tone specialists, user researchers, and product designers. Responsible for creating experiences across mobile, desktop, and the Web, the UED team plays an integral part in improving usability, growing member engagement, and increasing revenue across LinkedIn.