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Overview: This inspiring panel event series invites key players in Seattle'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. Plus, they’ll cover opportunities within the field and their vision for the future of the industry.
What You’ll Take Away: Gain practical tips and insight from expert designers on how they’re solving problems through design, and get inspired to take your creativity to the next level.
Why It Matters: Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives. It affects our morning commute, how we experience websites and apps, and how we communicate with each other. Gaining a better understanding of this universal force will help you see the world and your projects through a fascinating new lens.
Ron Wilde is a user experience designer and educator. He founded gap'cork in 2009, a design company specializing in product strategy, UX/UI, visual design and mobile.
Clients: AT&T, Samsung, Simon & Schuster, Friends of The High Line, Zahn Innovation Center, Perception, smartShift Technologies, Intigua
Ron teaches user experience design at General Assembly, Noble Desktop and the Zahn Innovation Center in NYC.
Co-Founder & Principal Designer,
Melissa Quintanilha is the co-founder of Dupla Studios and a User Experience Designer with over 17 years of experience. She is an accomplished designer with a proven track record of delivery using the latest technologies to produce experiences that are efficient, elegant, and user focused. She has worked as a designer both in Brazil and the United States, with most projects reaching a worldwide scope. She has tackled many different and challenging industries, ranging from IT datacenter management, to automotive, healthcare, and social productivity. Melissa strives to work at the intersection of design, art and technology. The combination of a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Interaction Design, and years of industry and academic experience, allows her to combine these disparate disciplines in a way that is accessible and enhances people’s lives.
Chad is a UX designer focusing on user research and interaction design for Oracle Bare Metal Cloud. In the past, he's worked with various small businesses to improve their understanding of their users and encourage core problem solving through Design Thinking. He graduated from The Art Institute of Seattle with a BFA in Media Arts & Animation, then graduated from GA's UX Design Immersive (UXDI) program. Chad is also a passionate teacher - most notably, he taught UXDI after graduating from the course. He keeps a lively classroom, encouraging a strong atmosphere of group participation through activities, critiques and conversations. His favorite animal is the giraffe.
Mark T. Smith
Founder / Chief Startup Officer,
Art, Commerce and Education. These are the three constant themes in my career. Art has always been the primary driver in my life. From an early age it was the focus of my passion and discipline. I have worked as an Illustrator, an Animator, a Fine Artist, a Designer, Art Director, and Creative Director over my career.
My passion for the Arts, coupled with a strong natural predisposition toward entrepreneurial activities lead me to start several businesses over my career. I have built several companies from start-ups to multi-million dollar enterprises and overseen the strategic growth of established firms. I have learned over the years that my expertise is best utilized creating new ventures and bringing the full force of innovation practices to bear on older ones. Put simply, I am an agent of change.
The third category of Education has been a constant in my career. Early on, I learned the value of a great teacher or mentor’s influence on my life and career. I have always taught or mentored throughout my entire career including institutions such as; Parsons School of Design, University of the Arts and Pratt Institute.
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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