Meet your troublemaker
Dream big. All or nothing. If you're planning to do something, do it with passion. Don't stop half way, finish it! Life's too short for half-awesome work.
The world is your oyster for discovering the unknown. Use data to your advantage and use failure as insight not barrier. Think deeply and stay open. Be hungry.
There's nothing more satisfying than crossing goals off a list. Live in the present, stay productive. Be a goal digger. Be romantic about the process, don't chase fast success.
Everyone has their own narrative to tell - it's what makes humans unique. The more time you spend comparing your success, the less time you have to craft your own.
Innovate. It's okay to take the first step, raise the bar, be bold, be weird. History was made memorable by troublemakers and changemakers, not guardian angels.
Stand by your thoughts. Tell the audience what you mean, not what you wish you told them because you were beating around the bush. Always think win-win.
Not everything needs an answer, sometimes silence is golden, and sometimes.. less is more. If you can't explain it simply - you don't understand it well enough or you've over-engineered its beauty.
Lead from the trenches, never from the pedestal above. Seek to understand first, listen and have empathy. Teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime. Serve your team so they can serve you.
Samantha always provided strategic and tactical design insights that allowed us to launch and iterate products fast and well. She has a great balance of aesthetic design skills, user-focused design, teamwork and execution management - making her an invaluable team member for any product and design team.
Samantha is the swiss-army knife kind of designer for a project - she is a talented and versatile designer that is able to implement growth techniques, UX practices and good design standards. Sam has always taken a true interest in each task to deliver designs that have truly changed the outcome of our products for the better. Sam has the ability to intuitively understand problems faced by users, project stakeholders and manages tight deadlines very well.
Fast with incredible design intelligence, Samantha is the type of no-BS designer who is able to drive deliverables with minimal direction. As the Acquisitions lead designer she took new ideas and scoped them into fully fleshed out features. Samantha is incredibly driven and pragmatic; she became a favourite amongst product managers and design leaders as not only the designer for getting things done but for being an awesome no-ego team player. A must hire for anyone looking to drive design culture at their company.
Sam is the #1 draft pick of designers. Incredibly quick on her feet, she can effortlessly juggle projects with tight timelines or entire brand guidelines with ease. She lives and breathes great UX and can create a beautiful design out or nothing or disseminate whats wrong with a current design and give actionable insights. Truly a delight to work with, I would highly recommend Sam and would love to work with her again.
Austern International has now hired Samantha as a photographer and videographer 3 times in various locations; to Singapore, Hong Kong and New York. Each time she has not ceased to amaze us with her professionalism and quality content. She is truly a gem to work with, and always keeps our needs in mind to deliver work that is above and beyond.