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This inspiring panel event series invites key players in Boston's design community to offer a rare insider’s look at how they work and create. From branding to user experience to city planning, panelists will discuss how they approach projects from a design point of view, how design thinking methods help with problem-solving, and much more.
Join us for a discussion with some of Boston's design leaders and get acquainted with the Boston ecosystem. We will give you the inside scoop on key events/Meetups to attend, people, companies, blogs, resources, and more. Meet fellow designers and leave feeling empowered to continue learning and pursuing your career in design.
At Upstatement, Will defines creative strategy, creates design systems, leads workshops, and writes front-end code. He designed Since Parkland, a platform for teen journalists to tell the stories of child gun violence victims. He also designed live election data visualization for PBS NewsHour.
Previously, he worked at PillPack designing the mobile app, defining service communications, and designing and coding web apps for pharmacists. He studied graphic design at MassArt.
Chiranit Prateepasen Lead User Experience Designer at Pegasystems, President at AIGA Boston
Chiranit Prateepasen is a user experience research and design leader, focused on exploring new business opportunities and discovering unmet needs through a human-centered design approach.
Her current role at Pegasystems has her obsessed with user behaviors and using data and technology to create engaging end-to-end experiences responsibly and ethically. For the past 23 years, she has worked on improving experiences in healthcare, retail, automotive, financial services, and telecom by considering every step that users take — designing services and digital experiences to meet their needs.
Chiranit holds a BFA in graphic design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and a Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson College. Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, Chiranit brings a rich mix of cultural influences and empathy to her work. She has taught and given lectures on topics such as Design Thinking, Service Design, User Experience Research and Design at Tufts University, Babson College, Lesley University, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Senior UX Designer,
America's Test Kitchen
Kate is always thinking about how to make the little things easier and more fun. At America’s Test Kitchen, she works to make the home cook’s end-to-end cooking experience (and the life that surrounds it) more rewarding. When she’s not at work, she’s hanging out with her two awesome cats, making more room for women in business, coaching students at Harvard's Technology and Entrepreneurship Center, and imagining what a crossover Twin Peaks / X-Files episode might have been like.
Lead Product Designer,
Kira MacLean is a product designer who works on personalizing learning experiences at Pluralsight. She is obsessive about using qualitative research to create memorable experiences that marry functionality with aesthetic design, especially in the education space. She also strives to help companies develop design systems, strategies, and processes to create more empathetic and interesting applications for their users.
Before working at Pluralsight Kira informed design and development as a UX engineer and designer at Gradifi, A First Republic Company. She was also a pharmaceutical scientist in a past life, with stints at AstraZeneca and Harvard Medical School. When she’s not designing, she moonlights as an Instagram documentarian, cross-cultural emoji analyst, 90s hip-hop scholar, and aspirational globetrotter.
Steve Molter is a Product Designer at Vyasa Analytics where he designs deep learning AI software for the healthcare and life sciences space.
He's also an accomplished musician who has performed around the US and EU, a photographer who has worked with clients around the world, and a podcast host who's interviewed Oscar-nominated composers, best-selling authors, and influential musicians and artists.
When he's not doing all that cool stuff, he volunteers as the event manager with CreativeMornings Boston and spends the majority of his free time reading the never-ending throng of articles about his beloved Boston Red Sox.
Kanwaldeep (KD) Singh Arneja
Director, UX / Product Manager,
KD Singh Arneja has been in the tech industry since 2003. While working with large and small companies, he has built delightful products that have been the culmination of Agile Product Management and Design Thinking, all while working in and building high EQ teams. He is also a CSPO and CSP.
KD regularly presents in Agile New England, local UXPA chapters and Customer Experience conferences.
KD is currently the Director of UX and a Product Manager at a Burlington, MA-based health care IT company where he has been busy executing a UX strategy in Healthcare Payor and Clinical Solutions domain while working with Product Owners and Engineering in delivering value with apt experiences. Prior to HealthEdge, KD has held UX Architect and UI Engineer roles with various startups and large companies.
We understand that, sometimes, plans change. If you can no longer make it to a class or workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of the class or workshop.
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