Lise Pape

Lise Pape is a Product designer who created the business WalkwithPath

Information about Lise Pape:

Lise Pape is originally from Copenhagen and feels London is her home. She didn’t originally start as a designer but held an interest in mathematics and natural sciences, which grew into her interest in biology. She was interested in creative endeavours. When she had to choose between design and biology, she chose to study human biology at kings college and then went on to work in a neuroscience lab. She then worked in advertising at AOL. Moved to work at JP Morgan in Finance for 4 years. Worked in the dutch embassy in London.

At night she would do evening classes in the creative areas and wanted to merge her analytical and creative processes.

Found a masters in 2012 that would allow her to pair together both areas of interest. She had to learn functional skills like putting together objects that she hadn’t previously learned.

It’s okay not to know something, just aim to learn.

Lise Pape, 2021

Her final project was close to home, involving her father and Parkinson’s. She wanted to create something that would assist issues that happen with Parkinson’s as well as multiple sclerosis. She undertook people lead research to find comparative areas between the two areas. She made the comparison for issues with movement that could endanger the person with the condition.

Developed Insights – Very scientific take on a tiered system, that involved observation of the condition. You can see by looking at her process that she has great problem-solving skills.

Mind-mapping is a key skill she uses to create rudimentary concepts.

After undertaking a large set of user research concepts for these projects:

Path Finder product that would assist movement in people with Parkinson’s disease. It allowed for a much greater breadth movement using lasers that mark the floor.

Path Feel is the next project she is working on, it assist movement using vibration on the insole. This insole will also be connected to a data collecting app that would help monitoring conditions in the home instead of just at doctors appointments.

Working iteratively is super important, and user input is key. Get under the skin of the problem, and don’t assume things from surface research.

To make her business, she didn’t know everything ahead of her, which she is actually grateful for. She felt if she knew the challenges that she knows now it may have put her off.

She is managing to fund and connect her hardware, as well as working her product into healthcare.

Recruitment is an important part she has to work on while searching for a co-founder.

Working in finance is when she realised that interests change with age and to create a career that is flexible around those interests. It helped her get her next job as well as understand large company culture now that she is working as a small business that engages with larger ones.

Budgeting became a key part of the whole process of making her startup. The experience helped her when starting up. Working relationships can be difficult to handle as a founder, as peer to peer is outside of the company.

Women in innovation as an event that allowed for connections with her business peers.

Using all sorts of skills from her background, she finds that she is using her design aspect less and would like to use it more in the future. She considers the future of her business to be fluid that can change. An issue with running a business is that responsibility falls to her and be able to switch when she needs to. Being versatile as the founder is important.

My Thoughts

This was a very business-oriented lecturer that really gave food for thought around the concept of running a product-driven company and the areas of higher business culture that are involved. A big part of that has interchangeable skills that are important to my career. Networking and managing clients are key areas. User research is another topic she covered that would be key to my future plans in UX design as it is heavily research-based.