Although I'm formally a 'Design Director', like many in the digital media industry, I tend to wear a lot of hats, be it 'designer', 'researcher', 'creative director' or 'content strategist'. And during my 15+ years of hat-wearing in the digital space, I have been fortunate to lead projects for and collaborate with some terrific organizations along the way, including the National Screen Institute, DHX Media, the Stanford Research Institute, the Canadian Game Studies Association, Sony Pictures Animation the RAND Corporation and others.
While I love design practice on-the-screen, I take my greatest pleasure in applying research and existing theoretical work to a design problem, then leading a team to carry the resulting product vision from start to finish. I can't really understate the value of all the pre-emptive analytical and lit review legwork that lays out the fundaments of a project before it even gets off the ground. Always be de-risking.
As for personal hobbies, I love video games (and collect video game consoles), am a huge fan of bit tunes (8/16bit), love yakking with my 6 year old about Pokemon and am an avid Magic the Gathering Commander player.