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Derek Alderton is the faculty director of the Anderson Strategy Group in the MBA program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Derek has been an adjunct faculty member at the Anderson School for 10 years, developing and teaching courses in entertainment strategy, entrepreneurship and venture initiation, entrepreneurial... Read More.
Enrique Allen is the cofounder of Designer Fund, where he invests in tech startups that are design leaders, including Stripe, ZenPayroll, Shyp, Omada Health, AltSchool, and Storehouse. He adds value by helping build and educate design teams through Designer Fund’s professional development program, Bridge, and their community of... Read More.
Gretchen Anderson is head of design for Pacific Gas & Electric, California’s energy utility. Gretchen spent the first part of her career in design consulting for firms like frog, Cooper, LUNAR, and Punchcut. Recently, she served as the vice president of product for GreatSchools and consulted on the design... Read More.
Judd Antin leads the Experience Research team at Airbnb. He and his team embed themselves in product teams to provide quantitative and qualitative research at every stage of the product cycle. Prior to joining Airbnb in May 2015, Judd was a research manager at Facebook and a research scientist at... Read More.
Jorge Arango is an information architect with 20 years of experience designing digital products and services. He’s a partner in Futuredraft, the experience design consultancy that solves complex problems using co-creation throughout the design process. He is one of the co-authors of “Information Architecture for the Web and Beyond” the... Read More.
Melanie Araujo is the founder of Front and Center, an organization focused on increasing diversity in Silicon Valley through design. Through Front and Center, Melanie works to demonstrate and promote high-tech career possibilities to low-opportunity young adults, primarily through a free, six-month intensive design training program. The program focuses on... Read More.
Irene Au is design partner at Khosla Ventures, where she works with early-, mid-, and late-stage startup CEOs. Irene has unprecedented experience elevating the strategic importance of design within internet companies, having built and led the entire User Experience and Design teams at Google, Yahoo, and Udacity. She began her... Read More.
Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Carl cofounded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Since joining the company, he has held several executive positions, including chief technology officer and chief operations officer. Carl serves... Read More.
Bob Baxley is a design executive who lives and works in Silicon Valley. He most recently served as the head of product design at Pinterest where he built, led, and managed a multifaceted design team responsible for both the consumer- and business-facing elements of Pinterest.
Prior to that, Bob spent... Read More.
Mike Bracken is chief digital officer for the Co-operative Group, the largest mutual cooperative in the world. Previously, he was executive director of digital and chief data officer for the UK government from July 2011 to September 2015. Mike was responsible for transforming public sector services to a “digital by... Read More.
Chrissie Brodigan is a user experience researcher and a former historian of airline stewardesses. Chrissie leads user experience research for GitHub. She previously worked at Mozilla and with a number of startups, designing experiences to help onboard new users. Long before she was a user researcher at GitHub, she spent... Read More.
Ben Brown is a veteran software designer and developer. Over the past 20 years, he’s been involved in almost every aspect of technology, from infrastructure to financing. Ben cofounded Howdy.ai, a tool for building customized artificially intelligent digital coworkers that live in messaging apps and chat rooms.
In 2006, Dan Brown cofounded EightShapes, a design firm based in Washington, DC. EightShapes designs digital products and systematizes design standards for Fortune 500 clients. Most recently, Dan has conducted user research for a major networking provider, prepared user profiles for an online media company, and led the design of... Read More.
Robert Brunner founded San Francisco-based design studio Ammunition in 2007 to communicate ideas through products, brands, and their surrounding experiences. His work as an industrial designer has spawned numerous brand-defining designs over the past three decades for clients including Adobe, Beats by Dr. Dre, Barnes & Noble, Polaroid, Square, and... Read More.
Omkar Chandgadkar is an experience designer at IBM with a background in computer engineering and information science who is on a mission to improve the user experience in developer’s tools. His work is inspired by the philosophy that designers are facilitators who enable their team to create better experiences... Read More.
Vanessa Cho is head of user experience and design for software and services at GoPro, where she is responsible for product design and research for web, mobile, desktop, and TV. In just 18 months under her leadership, the GoPro Software UX team grew from 1 to 18 remarkable designers focused... Read More.
As design team lead at Control Group, Mike Clare connects emerging technologies with consumers’ needs to create new experiences that solve problems and help grow businesses. He has taken projects from opportunity identification to concept creation, design, and final prototype. His tools include qualitative research, innovation strategy, user experience design,... Read More.
Adam Connor, coauthor of Discussing Design: Improving Communication and Collaboration Through Critique, is a designer and illustrator based in western Massachusetts. As VP of organizational design at Mad*Pow, Adam combines his background in experience design, computer science, illustration, and film to help teams design products and services as well as... Read More.
For over 20 years, Darren David has traversed the blurry edges at the intersection of technology and design, exploring nearly every conceivable project role as both client and contributor. His rich and storied career has wound from paper to pixels to people, across a myriad of companies and ventures that... Read More.
James De Angelis is a friendly product designer who makes things for Pinterest on the virality/collaboration team. He has a passion for building interesting, memorable, and useful things.
With over a decade of industry experience, James has worked with big brands and tiny startups alike. He cofounded a design services... Read More.
As the head of experience design at Airbnb, Katie Dill leads the designers defining Airbnb’s digital products and services. Katie is responsible for the people, processes, and structures that help the team craft high-quality experiences in the online and offline worlds.
Katie joined Airbnb from Greenstart Venture Design, where, as... Read More.
Visual goal setter Patti Dobrowolski captivates and inspires audiences using the business leadership tool of the future: Drawing Solutions. Patti’s innovative visual keynotes, breakout and gamestorming sessions inspire employee and leadership creativity.
Patti received her MA in psychology with an emphasis in drama therapy from the California Institute of Integral... Read More.
As Director of Design, Susan and her team are reimagining the look and feel of health care. From user experience to product development, she is committed to creating a health care system designed for the people it serves. Prior to Collective Health, Susan was a managing director and practice lead... Read More.
John Edson is president of LUNAR, the global product design and development firm founded in Silicon Valley over 30 years ago. In May 2015, LUNAR was acquired by McKinsey & Company, creating a groundbreaking proposition for the integration of business strategy and design. John’s focus is helping clients... Read More.
Ame Elliott is design director at nonprofit Simply Secure, where she cultivates a community of user experience designers working on open source secure communication. Previously, Ame spent eight years at IDEO San Francisco, where, as design research lead, she delivered human-centered tech strategy for clients such as Acer, Ericsson,... Read More.
Olivia Erickson is a virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) developer evangelist at Microsoft. Liv is passionate about VR and AR technologies and builds applications for virtual and augmented headsets. She also teaches virtual reality development and has spoken globally on topics relating to the importance of VR development.... Read More.
Tony Fadell is the founder and CEO of Nest Labs, Inc., the company that developed the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm. Prior to Nest, Tony served as senior vice president of Apple’s iPod division, reporting to Steve Jobs. In 2001, after eight weeks... Read More.
Erik Flowers is a principal service experience designer at Intuit, a financial services company and maker of TurboTax, Mint, and QuickBooks. Through the lens of modern service design, Erik is re-envisioning customer experiences across Intuit’s diverse ecosystem, building the capability throughout the company to look at experiences from end-to-end and... Read More.
Mike Gadow is a senior interaction designer in the bursting-at-the-seams Fjord San Francisco studio, where he translates user goals into elegant experiences. Ever since designing the logo for his class section in the sixth grade, he has been in love with design in its many forms. Mike is passionate about... Read More.
Innovator, artist, protagonist, and positive provocateur Maria Giudice has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life. Her grasp of the pragmatic, the authentic, and the essential have kept her at the forefront of design and business for over 25 years.
Under Maria’s leadership, Hot Studio,... Read More.
Andy is a futurist. He’s been a digital native since 1994, when he wrote a documentary called “Secrets of the Internet.” Along with his love of digital, scientists inspire him: brilliant people who make extraordinary discoveries and work to transform reality. After many years in the design industry Andy now... Read More.
Dayna Grayson focuses on investments in both consumer and business services, including on-demand services, software-as-a-service (SaaS), vertical ecommerce, productivity software, and consumer applications. She is a director of Desktop Metal, Onshape, Glamsquad, Upskill, FiftyThree, and Framebridge. Dayna is the founder of the NEA Studio, a program to mentor designer-entrepreneurs,... Read More.
Erika Hall is the cofounder and director of strategy at Mule Design Studio in San Francisco, where she leads the research and information design practices. She is a natural problem solver with 20 years of experience in interactive strategy, technology, and design across a wide variety of industries. Recent... Read More.
Brandon Harris is a designer who specializes in community and social design. Brandon is made of steel wool and whiskey.
Tristan Harris is a design thinker, philosopher, and entrepreneur—most recently focused on design ethics. Tristan was rated #16 in Inc. magazine’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30” of 2009, is a former Mayfield fellow in Stanford’s Technology Venture Program in Entrepreneurship, and graduated with a BS in computer science from Stanford... Read More.
Dan Hon is editorial director at Code for America, where he’s making better digital government that is easy to understand and easy to copy. Dan was previously a creative director at Wieden+Kennedy Portland, cofounder at Six to Start, and COO at Mind Candy. He is a recovered lawyer and... Read More.
Steve Johnson is a pop culture fanatic and avid musician whose career in user-centered design started as a skills trainer with autistic children at Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE). By redesigning and tweaking everyday objects for children with mild to severe autism, he developed a design philosophy focused... Read More.
Abi Jones is a designer and sprint master at Google Fiber, where she helps teams answer critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers. Abi specializes in product development via storyboarding. She illustrated the second edition of Understanding Your Users.
Karen Kaushansky is director of experience for Zoox, helping build an autonomous vehicle for the future. Named one of the “75 Best Designers in Technology” from Business Insider, Karen creates meaningful and connected experiences in the physical world spanning hardware and software. She worked for Jawbone, designing interactive and audio... Read More.
Rochelle King is VP of data, insights, and design at Spotify, where she manages the teams that are responsible for analytics, user research, and designing Spotify’s product experience. She is also working on the book Designing with Data and is co-chair of the inaugural O’Reilly Design Conference. Prior to Spotify,... Read More.
Simon King is a Design Director at IDEO where he helps organizations launch products and services that make the world more responsive, connected, and humane. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Western Michigan and an MDes in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon. He advocates for hybrid... Read More.
Dan Klyn has accrued 18 years of experience in information architecture practice and is cofounder of The Understanding Group (TUG). Dan is interested in planning, strategy, and architecture for places made of information, likes coffee an awful lot, and teaches information architecture at the University of Michigan School of... Read More.
Jennifer Kolstad is vice president and director of interior architecture at HKS, where she works in collaboration with HKS’s practice leaders and design directors to unify architecture and interior design.
Jennifer’s interests in material innovation, integrated technology, digital design, and fabrication provide the framework for an ever-evolving studio, delivery... Read More.
Braden Kowitz is a product designer, prototyper, and storyteller. At Google Ventures, he advises startups on UX design and product development. Before joining Google Ventures, Braden led design for several Google products, including Gmail, Google Apps for Business, Google Spreadsheets, and Google Trends.
Braden started his career building virtual reality... Read More.
Tanya Kraljic is a principal interaction and dialog designer for Nuance Communications. She leads a multidisciplinary team of designers and UX researchers in the strategy and design of speech experiences in mobile, wearable, in-home, and other emerging technologies. Tanya has helped clients from startups to Fortune 100 companies navigate the... Read More.
Mike Kuniavsky leads user-experience design in the Innovation Services Group at PARC, a Xerox company. A 20-year veteran of digital product development, Mike designs products, business processes, and services at the leading edge of technological change. Prior to PARC, Mike cofounded several successful UX-centered companies, including ThingM, which... Read More.
Livia Labate is a user experience designer and manager. She is currently a 2015 Knight-Mozilla fellow working at NPR. With over 15 years of industry experience, she has worked with large organizations such as Comcast and the BBC and heavily contributed to the development of the information architecture... Read More.
Danielle Latman is a design researcher at the consulting firm Lextant in Columbus, Ohio. In May 2015, she earned an MBA with a focus on design research and strategy from the Ohio State University. She has over 10 years of writing, editing, and project management experience. Danielle’s strengths are... Read More.
Amanda Linden is a director of product design at Facebook. Previously, Amanda was the head of design at Asana, an enterprise teamwork productivity app with millions of users worldwide, where she managed product and marketing design teams and led Asana’s rebrand, and a design director within Intuit’s Small Business group,... Read More.
Alexis Lloyd is the creative director of the New York Times R&D Lab, where she investigates technology trends and prototypes future concepts for content delivery. Her work is focused on creating immersive and exploratory experiences through innovative physical-to-digital interactions, data visualization, and screen-based interfaces.
In addition to her work at... Read More.
C. Todd Lombardo wears many hats, all at once: Author, designer, scientist, professor, and visualizer. After originally beginning his career in science, C. Todd shifted his focus to product and design, ultimately innovating, designing, and managing products for countless companies large and small. In his role as Chief Design... Read More.
Bo Lu is an interaction and graphic designer with a passion for helping brands manifest themselves across multiple touchpoints. She has more than 10 years of experience defining brands and products from tiny startups to large corporations. In 2008, Bo was part of the original team redefining Apple.com from both... Read More.
John Maeda is an American designer, engineer, and creative leader. An internationally recognized voice at the intersection of design and the technology industry, John works with early, mid-, and late-stage startup CEOs as design partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) in Silicon Valley. At the start of... Read More.
Roger Magoulas is the research director at O’Reilly Media and chair of the Strata + Hadoop World conferences. Roger and his team build the analysis infrastructure and provide analytic services and insights on technology-adoption trends to business decision makers at O’Reilly and beyond. He and his team find what excites... Read More.
Bringing over a decade of experience to bear on the next generation of designers, Danielle Malik founded a design studio called Design Equation, which pairs junior designers with nonprofits and early-stage startups in a mentored environment. She is, as they say, living the dream. Prior to founding this company,... Read More.
As Intersection’s director of design, Paul McConnell has helped build an integrated practice of strategists, interaction designers, and visual designers. Paul has led efforts for a range of projects, including web applications, products, services, and spaces. His clients and employers have included startups, universities, corporations, cultural institutions, and government agencies.... Read More.
Kathryn McElroy is an advisory designer for the IBM Mobile Innovation Lab in Austin, Texas. Kathryn is an award-winning designer and photographer and is passionate about near-future technology and building electronics and smart objects. She has published tutorials of her projects in Make magazine and Fast Company and is... Read More.
Scott Murray is a code artist who writes software to create data visualizations and other interactive phenomena. His work incorporates elements of interaction design, systems design, and generative art. Scott is an assistant professor of design at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches data visualization and interaction design.... Read More.
Greg Nudelman is a mobile and tablet experience strategist, Fortune 500 advisor, author, speaker, and CEO of DesignCaffeine, Inc. For over 17 years, he has helped his clients Intuit, Oracle, Cisco, eBay, USAA, Wells Fargo, Safeway, the Associated Press, and Groupon amass millions of satisfied customers. Greg recently... Read More.
Tim O’Reilly has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not... Read More.
Pamela Pavliscak (pronounced pav-li-check) is the CEO of SoundingBox, where she advises designers, developers, and decision makers on how to create technologies with emotional intelligence. Pamela is also on the faculty at Pratt Institute’s School of Information and is leading an effort for IEEE Standards for ethics and... Read More.
Suzanne Pellican is a Vice President of experience design at Intuit. For the past 13 years, she’s been redefining what design means at Intuit, transforming it from an executional function within product development to a mindset and capability that drives business strategy and innovation.
After coming of age as a... Read More.
Doug Powell is a distinguished designer at IBM, directing the program to scale design and design thinking across the global tech company. A designer with more than 25 years of experience in a wide range of design disciplines, Doug is a lecturer, commentator, and thought leader on design issues... Read More.
Most recently, Jay Primus worked for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) as the program manager of SFpark, San Francisco’s new approach to parking management, which uses a combination of better information, an emphasis on customer service, and demand-responsive pricing to make parking easier and more convenient. Jay... Read More.
Eric Quint joined 3M as chief design officer in 2013, following a distinguished career at Royal Philips of the Netherlands, where he most recently led the Global Design Management and Consulting practice as vice president of Philips Design. As chief design officer, Eric oversees 3M’s global design organization, representing a... Read More.
Joe Robinson is the VP of product at Circle, a startup in the personal finance space. He also organizes two of the largest design and technology communities in the country: Designers + Geeks and Silicon Valley NewTech. Joe previously worked at Square, where he was product lead for Square Dashboard... Read More.
Christian Roman has been involved in telling stories with animation since 1994. He got his start as a storyboard artist and supervisor on The Simpsons. He then helped create and direct two shows for the Disney Channel, Fillmore! and American Dragon: Jake Long, and worked on several other shows, including... Read More.
Claire Rowland is an independent UX design, research, and product strategy consultant working on internet of things products and services for mainstream consumers. She is the lead author of Designing Connected Products: UX for the Consumer Internet of Things, published by O’Reilly. Claire has a particular interest in the use... Read More.
For 20 years, Dan Saffer has been designing everything from apps to robots and everything in between. Dan is the author of four acclaimed books on design, including his latest, Microinteractions, which Scott Berkun called “the best design book in years.” He speaks and teaches workshops on design around the... Read More.
Eli Schiff is a UX/UI designer and consultant, design critic, speaker, and author of the forthcoming Humanist Interface.
Sapna Singh is currently a student in the MFA program at the Ohio State University specializing in design research and development. Her research is focused on exploring the future of graduate design education and its value. For the last 12 years, Sapna has been working in human-centered design and... Read More.
Danyel Smith is a cofounder of HRDCVR, a design-centered hardcover media project created by diverse teams for a diverse world. Danyel, most recently a John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University, has served as editor of Billboard, editor-at-large at Time Inc., and as editor-in-chief of VIBE. She... Read More.
Alastair Somerville uses his experience with accessibility projects and research to inform new ideas of multimodal user experience for wearables and postscreen interaction. He is a specialist in sensory comprehension and haptic design.
Alastair works with museums and schools to develop inclusive interpretation, using novel ways of both designing and... Read More.
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... Read More.
Molly Wright Steenson is an associate professor at the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. She researches the history of architecture, design, and computing from the 1950s to the present and is writing a book titled Architecting Interactivity. Molly was previously an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass... Read More.
Margaret Gould Stewart currently serves as VP of Product Design at Facebook, where she leads Business Design for Facebook, creating tools that allow businesses to make meaningful connections with people all around the world. She previously served as Director of User Experience at YouTube and prior to that led Search... Read More.
Ben is Group Design Director at the Co-operative Group working to re-create the Co-op for a digital era, and demonstrate a different way of doing business for an increasingly connected community.
Scott Tong leads a team of designers at Pinterest that focuses on new-user onboarding, education, and viral features. He and his team collaborate closely with design research, product management, growth engineering, and data analytics to build experiences that help people understand the value and mechanics of Pinterest.
Previously, Scott was... Read More.
Mary Treseler is vice president of content strategy at O’Reilly Media, where she leads an editorial team that covers a wide range of topics from DevOps to design, and the chair of O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference. Mary has been working on technical content for 25 years, acquiring and developing content in... Read More.
Jeff Veen is a design partner at True Ventures, where he spends his time helping companies create better products. He does this as an advisor, as well, for companies including about.me, Medium, and WordPress. Previously, Jeff was VP of design at Adobe after they acquired Typekit, the company he cofounded... Read More.
Silvia Vergani is the head of Design Research at IDEO in Palo Alto. Silvia is passionate about helping clients uncover users’ needs to shape insights that inspire new products, services, and systems.
Silvia has worked across multiple industries, including transportation, technology, finance, entertainment, tourism, and government. She is now... Read More.
Xiaowei R. Wang is a designer at Mapbox. Her work and research is at the intersection of participatory geography, interactive art, and information ecologies. Her work has been featured in IEEE publications, the New York Times, and the Guardian and on the BBC and CNN. Recent projects... Read More.
Dan Watson is a designer who enjoys working across a broad range of fields. He currently works as design lead at the Satellite Applications Catapult, a UK-government-funded independent body with a focus on growing the UK space economy. He also runs his own tech startup, SafetyNet Technologies, a London-based organization... Read More.
Russell Wilkins is a senior product designer at Uber with years of experience storyboarding for animation and building enterprise software. Russell specializes in combining service strategy, product design, and engaging storytelling. Prior to product design, Russell was a service designer at Fjord, helping clients define better services in the healthcare,... Read More.
Maurice Woods is the executive director and founder of Inneract Project. He created Inneract Project’s design education framework, which serves as the program’s core curriculum. As executive director, he provides leadership for volunteer staff, helps set organization and education policy, and develops IP’s strategic vision. Maurice graduated from the University... Read More.
Wesley Yun currently leads the UX effort for hardware at GoPro, designing for all of GoPro’s amazing cameras, quadcopters, and accessories. His goal is to create a vibrant culture of creativity, transparency, and collaboration.
Previously, Wesley led design at companies including Lytro, Samsung, Motorola, RIM, Palm, and Helio, working... Read More.
Julia Zorzanello Byron, an idealistic industrial designer, switched to software when she saw the opportunity to practice and spread empathic design at IBM. Her first order of business when she arrived was to establish user research across her team. She recently dove back into design, doing UX for IBM’s... Read More.
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