Senior Design Strategist, BCG Platinion – Pittsburgh
At BCG, Seekers go deep into the challenging issues our clients face. Their curiosity empowers our teams to facilitate change and add value to society. Nancy finds clarity in a complex world.
The best part about working at BCG Platinion is learning from people with such diverse talents. If you want to learn something new, all you have to do is ask.
My educational background is in fine arts, anthropology, and industrial design. My interest in visual design and ethnographic and user-centered research is what led me to BCG Platinion MAYA Design. As a design strategist, I have had the opportunity to lead user research—using a variety of human-centered design methods, and also to actively participate in the visual design process.
The best part about working at BGC Platinion MAYA Design is that I get to work in diverse interdisciplinary teams where I am constantly learning from my colleagues both within and outside of my discipline. Even though my business card says “Design Strategist,” BCG Platinion has given me the flexibility to learn about and participate in other disciplines. I was amazed when I told the talent lead that I wanted to sharpen my visual design skills, and she said, “Okay, let’s staff you on a project with a designer you can work with.”
Nancy has a bachelor’s in fine arts in painting and anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s of industrial design from North Carolina State University.
I chose to work at BCG Platinion because of the interesting, complex nature of the projects, and because I was able to work as both a researcher and designer. I was impressed with how passionate and intelligent everyone was, and I felt like I could learn so much from them while contributing to really exciting work.
My favorite part of my job is collaborating with my project team in front of a whiteboard and bouncing ideas off of each other. We build off of each other’s ideas to reach amazing solutions.
The biggest impact I’ve had with my work is being an advocate for the user. I keep the concerns and desires of the user at the forefront of the design process to ensure that the end solution meets their needs. I’m often the voice in the room saying, “But what about Julia? She wouldn’t understand that.”
Outside the office, I like hiking, running with my dog, cooking, and painting, as well as exploring new places around the city.
We sit in “neighborhoods” that are mixes of people from all disciplines. So we constantly overhear people talking about other projects and things we might want to learn more about. We also have team rooms and tons of whiteboard space for collaborating and brainstorming.