Ruth Kikin-Gil

Ruth is a design strategist, digital product designer, and a practical dreamer that focuses on product innovation across devices, input methods and platforms. She spent the last nine years in Microsoft working in an innovation lab, on a strategy team, and now on future experiences in Office. In addition, she lectures at the HCDE department […]

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Pamela Drouin

Pam designs websites and apps applying user-centered design methods. She’s a co-creator of Open Design Kit, an open source toolkit, incubated at Bocoup, for sharing design methods with coworkers and clients, as well as anyone doing remote design. In her career, she’s partnered with organizations in the diverse fields of telecommunications, higher education, and software applications. Pam’s […]

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Amelia Abreu

Amelia Abreu is a design researcher and the founder of UX Night School, a community-based professional skills workshop for adults working in design and technology. Based in Portland, Oregon, she has worked with teams at Nike, Mozilla, Wal-mart, Microsoft Research and Intel, as well as startups and cultural organizations. She holds a BA from the Evergreen State […]

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Alysha Naples

Alysha Naples has spent a lot of time in the future, simultaneously pushing the frontiers of design within emerging tech while forging the path to adoption within industry and education. Her core philosophy is that products are a reflection of the cultures in which they were created, and that transformative products require an investment in […]

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De Nichols

Through multidisciplinary creative practice, De Nichols mobilizes global changemakers to activate ideas that address civic and social challenges within their communities. Based in St. Louis, MO, De Nichols serves as the Social Impact Design Principal of Civic Creatives, a design strategy agency that develops interactive experiences, tools, and initiatives to help communities engage issues of civic disengagement, […]

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Allison Shaw

Allison is a senior product designer with more than 10 years of experience across consumer and enterprise tech. She has a passion for design systems and a knack for shipping products with major impact for both customers and bottom lines. Currently, she leads design for Zendesk’s design system, with a focus on accessibility, design tooling, […]

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Rachel Preston Prinz

Rachel Preston Prinz is an architecturally-trained American designer working in architecture and design, placemaking, cultural and historic preservation, and community engagement. Rachel promotes the craft of architecture and the Genius Loci, or Spirit of Place, as told through photography, publishing, marketing, and design. In addition to running Archinia and the non-profit Architecture for EveryBody, Rachel […]

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Cathy Lo

Cathy Lo is a product designer at Facebook. She is also a contributor at the Analog Research Lab, a creative space for design and art-making that has strong influence on Facebook’s culture. She is the creator of the pride sticker pack for Messenger, developed the visual identity for the first Women’s Leadership Day at Facebook and […]

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Meena Kothandaraman

With 25 years of experience, Meena has consulted to emphasize the strategic value of customer experience across product, space and service. She truly believes that businesses can achieve greater focus by better understanding the behaviors of their customers, and those who create the products from within the business.  Experiencing the journey of conducting research can truly inspire! […]

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Veronica Erb

As a researcher and information architect at NPR, Veronica takes a long view on information structures, helps people communicate better, and gathers real stories from real humans to guide the products NPR builds. She is a recipient of the One NPR Award for her role as a “connector of people” and her work “spearheading and […]

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