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Vicki Tan

Vicki Tan

Senior Product Designer, Headspace

The challenges of designing for a meditation app on the device known for sidetracking you throughout the day can be tricky. Read on to discover how Headspace Senior Product Designer Vicki Tan relies on her behavioral psychology toolkit and the inspiration of others to toe the line between encouraging and distracting.

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Benjamin Evans

Benjamin Evans

Design Lead, Anti-Discrimination Team, Airbnb

As Inclusive Design Lead for Anti-Discrimination and Belonging at Airbnb, Benjamin Evans is working to help Airbnb achieve its mission of creating a world where you can belong anywhere. It’s no easy task, and we talk about how Benjamin uses design thinking to address the many challenges involved, as well as how his background in entrepreneurship influences his current role.

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Jehad Affoneh

Jehad Affoneh

Director of Design, VMWare

Jehad Affoneh is Director of Design at VMWare. He began his career in tech as a software engineer working on front-end development, and began taking leadership roles as he progressed in his career at VMWare. He currently leads VMWare’s User Experience team, and was one of the driving forces behind the creation of their design […]

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Jeremy Faludi

Jeremy Faludi

Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College

Could smashed pecan shells be as useful and strong as ABS plastic? That’s just one of the things Jeremy Faludi is trying to figure out as a sustainable design strategist who focuses on turning waste into working material. We chat with Jeremy about his work, green design methods, and how designers can think of digital design in a more sustainable way too.

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Gabrielle Guthrie

Gabrielle Guthrie

Co-founder & Product Designer, Moxxly

During her thesis project, Moxxly Co-founder and Product Designer Gabrielle Guthrie learned there’s a big gap in product development when it comes to women’s products. We chat with Gabrielle about being a hardware co-founder, making breast pumps more fit for the modern world, and simplifying systems as a way to create delightful products.

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Zack Onisko

Zack Onisko

CEO, Dribbble

After a year of business school, Zack Onisko dropped out—he was learning more, and faster, at the startup where he worked as a designer. Now as the CEO of Dribbble, he’s helping pave the way for other designers by building a rich community with education and growth at its center.

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Marissa Louie

Marissa Louie

CEO & Chief Designer, Animoodles

When it came to toys, Marissa Louie thought she had seen it all—until she started sketching and experimenting with her own ideas. We chat with Marissa about the creative road that led to Animoodles, along with skills she thinks designers need to become entrepreneurs and ways to develop critical thinking skills.

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Jason Mayden

Jason Mayden

Co-founder & CEO, Super Heroic

Jason Mayden is the CEO and co-founder of Super Heroic Inc., a business focused on creating quality play performance products, technology, and services for elementary school-aged children and their families. We chat about designers as entrepreneurs, what inspired him to start Super Heroic, and design in service to humanity.

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Joanna Peña-Bickley

Joanna Peña-Bickley

Head of Design, Internet of Things, Amazon

We chat with Joanna about how to design more magical IoT experiences, getting more young women into design and technology, and learning to speak design in the language of business.

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Timnit Gebru

Timnit Gebru

Postdoctoral Researcher, Microsoft

Timnit Gebru works in the Fairness Accountability Transparency and Ethics (FATE) group at Microsoft’s New York Lab. We chat about opportunities for designers in AI, algorithmic bias, and some of Timnit’s recent research using computer vision and machine learning to make demographic estimates.

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Bill Burnett

Bill Burnett

Executive Director, Design Program, Stanford

As the Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford, and author of the bestseller Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett has a lot of experience in helping students become leaders and take charge of their careers. We chat about leadership, bringing people into the design process, and more.


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