Surya Vanka is a global leader in design, best known for his groundbreaking work in user experience at Microsoft, for creating industry leading design practices such Design Swarms Workshops & the Design Value Scorecard, as an influential author, and as a design educator in over 20 countries.
Surya led Microsoft’s center of design excellence for several years, and helped to drive the transformation of the company towards an agile, growth-hacking, experience-first culture. Prior to that, he was a tenured professor of design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a fellow at the prestigious Center for Advanced Study. Surya is the author of two books on design and has won several international design awards.
Surya’s work has been featured in: Form, I.D., Design Council, WIRED, Interactions, TEDx, BBC and NPR. He sits on the advisory board of Design Management Institute, is president-elect of Design in Public, and chair of the 50th anniversary of design international conference.
Surya lives in Seattle and leads AUTHENTIC, a design studio that specializes in design strategy, user experience, futures prototyping, service design and interaction design for clients worldwide with practices in both business and social innovation.
Made in Seattle Week: Design Day
This panel discussion will focus around how the practice of design changes in a divisive political climate, and how Seattle designers can be more progressive about design.