Andrea Small is a designer and strategist. Her passion is to answer the "why" behind design, creating brands, products and experiences that help people and companies take huge leaps forward. Andrea recently finished a year-long Teaching Fellowship at Stanford's d.school, tasked with creating new methods for teaching and learning design inside and outside the classroom. She was one of the first experienced professionals and non-Stanford graduate ever hired to the role. Andrea joined the d.school with 10 years as a practicing designer, most recently as Strategy Lead at Yves Behar’s fuseproject. At fuseproject, Andrea led strategic efforts for non-profits, startups, and Fortune 500 companies, including Nivea, Nike Girl Effect, Starbucks, British Gas, Herman Miller and Samsung.
What is your current state of mind?
Ready for change. I just completed an amazing year at the d.school, and I'm ready to wipe the slate clean and start a new adventure, personally and professional.
Which talent would you most like to have?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My mono-language fluency
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being a Teaching Fellow at the d.school.
Where would you most like to live?
Nowhere and everywhere. My ideal life would be wherever I need to be, when I need to be there. I would love a place in all climates.
What is your most treasured possession?
My Eames lounge chair and my mother's necklace from Italy.
What is your favorite occupation?
Design. This is what I am meant to be doing.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Curly hair. And I'm often called "tenacious" and "passionate."
What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty and loyalty.
Who are your favorite writers?
Margaret Atwood and Orson Scott Card.
What is your motto?
High hopes, low expectations.