Getting to Know You: Raphael Hyde, Product Designer

How long have you worked at Tallwave?
I’ve been with Tallwave since August 2016.

What is your favorite part of your current role?
Well I dare say, for starters the design team (secretly referred to as “The Untouchables”) is the perfect balance of spirited, sassy, and smart, funky folks you ever did see. This flavor most definitely extends past the creative corner, and that energy enables us to play and explore quite a bit. From experimenting with new tools and tricks, I’ve felt that I’m able to bring whatever crazy, holy cow, “who’d let the goat in the house” ideas forward and see what sticks.

What is one goal you’d like to achieve this year?
Aside from my personal passion of eradicating dark patterns while educating others on the emerging frontier tech (blockchain, AI, IoT, decentralized networks), I’m really excited to try and teach my teammates something new (unless they hate the idea, in that case I’ll have to trick them, hehe). I want to help be a part of the stimulus for bettering ourselves as humans.

What is one thing you are most proud of since you’ve been at Tallwave?
I’m super proud of our team and the types of clients we’ve been able to work with. Recently one of our largest clients mentioned our project/influence has changed their entire enterprise. That was pretty amazing, let’s go celebrate!

What is the strangest job you’ve ever had?
Let me tell you, from my early days of ropin’ steers as a rodeo clown, to swapping out gears in ancient clock tower mirrors there ain’t an odd job I haven’t scuffed my boots upon. Honestly… I’ve never really had a strange job, however when I was 18, I worked for an LA-based adventure company focused on helping troubled inner city kids all the way to celebrity addicts in rehab. That was a little strange…I guess my rodeo-clock-clown days will have to wait.

What are three words you’d use to describe yourself?
Monkey, compass, and toolbox

What is your favorite part of the AZ tech scene?
I don’t really have a favorite part, but I’m happy that there is a growing culture here. It’s very economical and ripe to be disrupted.

Family? Pets?
I guess I’m on the market for both. Maybe this year I’ll have more to add.

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you or do you have an interesting hobby?
Well I really like the challenge of bootstrapped backpacking (around $25 a day) ––the kind of experiences that test your limits, expose yourself, and learn what can’t be taught. Whether that’s getting lost in a new country, or climbing one of the landmark communist monuments –– I love the rush and stories that come with new adventures. A little goal I have is 50 countries before I’m 30, I’m four away, and hope to close that gap in Africa. Most of my trips have been to lost, hidden, or mysterious wonders that are deep into jungle, mountains, or lost cities. To find lost stories you have to seek them to the end, go find yours.