A photo of Andy Wilbourn.

As a human

Outside of my professional and academic lives, I'm big on getting outside and working with my hands, whether that's in a studio or just going for a bike ride, hike, or walk around the city. I have a bad habit of collecting hobbies, and they just keep piling up.

As a designer

I'm deeply interested in helping guide products and concepts into experiences for the people who might need or benefit from them the most. I'm someone with experience developing concepts from needs, but also taking those concepts and growing them ground-up into fully-fledged products. The strategy and decision-making in the face of ambiguity, constraints, and tight timelines... that's the good stuff.

Previously, I was a biomedical engineer, leading projects developing life-sustaining products used by millions of healthcare professionals worldwide, while looking to push treatments for disorders like acute kidney injury forward. I've always been driven by curiosity and a passion for helping others to become what they want to be, even when faced with the adversity of physical or mental challenges.

Patents

These patents resulted from my time in the medical devices field. I'm someone who believes design and engineering are both different ways of saying "solving problems for end users," and while I haven't included that work within my projects, I lean on the human-centered nature of my experience in that industry every day.

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Catheter and method for inducing negative pressure in a patient's bladder
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Catheter and Method for Inducing Negative Pressure in a Patient's Bladder

Recommendations

Here are my top recommendations for early 2021.

1.
The Third Day

If you enjoy a good sense of dread and Ari Aster's Hereditary or Midsommar, this HBO series will be right up your alley. Not a one sitting affair, though.

2.
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Charles Mingus' 1963 album explores a continuous composition across four tracks and is one to put on for a night and just feel the emotion come right on through your speakers.

3.
Fall Walks

Taking a walk can definitely be something we take for granted, but being intentional about getting out and stretching your legs can provide a literal and figurative breath of fresh air.