Aaron Blakemore — Principal Product Designer

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I'm a human-centred designer, building products and experiences for Smiling Mind. What that really means is I spend time working with and talking to people, understanding how they engage with our brand and turning that into transformative moments in time.

Prior to Smiling Mind I worked across a tech-start up landscape in various facets of design. Nowadays I am most excited about how we can harness technology to engage with young people and shape healthy habits for happy and smiling minds.

The best thing about working at Smiling Mind…

There are so many wonderful things, from the people, office dogs and plants to the daily stories from our customers. Best of all is the opportunity in front of us to have a profound impact on the mental health of young people.

If I wasn’t working at Smiling Mind I’d…

Either be solving interesting problems with cool businesses or singing and dancing with a bunch of kids.

Favourite meal:

At the moment I'm loving morning pasta, it's just the right way to start your day.

What I do when I’m not at work:

The highlight of my week is volunteering at a local community centre teaching kids and teenagers to sing, act and dance as part of a not-for-profit musical theatre group.

On meditation:

I am new to this practice and just beginning my meditation journey. I'm learning to find clarity through practicing to be present and in touch with my body and mind.

My favourite inspirational quote:

“Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.”
— Osho