Design the Future
January 19–20, 2016: Training
January 20–22, 2016: Conference
San Francisco, CA
Kristen Spilman

Kristen Spilman
Design Director, Dropbox


Kristen Spilman is the brand design director at Dropbox. She oversees a multidisciplinary team of creatives who focus on defining the Dropbox brand. Kristen and her team work with cross-functional teams to build high-quality experiences in Dropbox’s products and brand communications.

Before joining Dropbox, Kristen was a faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where she taught design courses at the undergraduate level. Prior to her tenure at MICA, she spent 8 years as a design associate at the world-renowned design studio Pentagram.

Her work has been featured in numerous design publications and exhibitions and has received awards from the Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, AIGA 50 Books, Society of Publication Designers, the Print Regional Design Annual, and I.D. Annual Design Review. Kristen received her BFA in graphic design from Boston University in 2001 and her MFA in graphic design from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2005.


1:15pm Thursday, 01/21/2016
Location: Fire House
Amanda Linden (Facebook), Katie Dill (Airbnb), Kristen Spilman (Dropbox), Silvia Vergani (IDEO), Melanie Araujo (Front and Center)
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