Jason Napolitano, Principal UX Consultant at Lab49
I've been a digital designer for 20 years. There, I said it!
Since moving to Austin from NYC a year ago, I've actually been shy talking about my career in public creative settings. For me, it's kind of like talking about my age. I've been around since the Dotcom boom doing print, web, app and mobile design. I've consulted, held full-time jobs and worked in many industries. I thought I did and saw just about everything. However, it...more
Austin’s inaugural design week was a success; bringing together over a thousand designers over five action-packed days. We're all a little more connected and a lot more in-the-know about what’s happening across Austin design.
Check out a few highlights from all five days of Austin Design Week where we toured some amazing design studios, got hands on with...more
Mary Bledsoe, RID, IIDA, LEED AP, Studio Director + Design Director at Gensler
How did you get involved with Austin Design Week?
I was recommended by friends at SXSW. Since they are the real cool kids I tend to follow where they lead me.
What is DesignThinking?
The top of mind concept as we approach the mentorship of Gensler designers: DesignThinking. What is it, how do we cultivate it, how is it part of the unique perspective of each of our...more
Danielle Barnes, Organizer and Co-Founder, Austin Design Week
Austin Design Week is just one week away. Our team has been busy getting ready for all of the incredible events happening.
Next week the best creative minds in Austin will come together to share their work, ideas and spaces with us. Each day we’re inviting the community to participate in riveting design talks from local leaders, hands-on...more
Kathy Hlavac, user experience designer at frog and instructor at General Assembly
Though hard to believe, when I graduated from SCAD there was no formal UX program offered there or at any other design school like it. Similarly, when I was applying for jobs most were a mix of research, visual design, and business with ambiguous titles (ones that rarely included the word “experience”) and a long list of desired skills. We learned about User-Centered Design in school through whatever skill or craft we were majoring in at the...more
Daniel Woodroffe, President, dwg.
As Austin continues to rapidly transform from it’s former alternative college town persona into a highly populated, world-recognized urban destination, the role and culture of our downtown has shifted. We are growing denser by the minute and the cranes in the skyline and renderings of fancy towers in the news indicate we are not slowing down anytime soon. With new office buildings, hotels and residential destinations springing up constantly,...more
Stacey Chang, Executive Director of the Design Institute for Health
Design is something my parents don’t get. Twenty years after I started my first design job at IDEO (and where I spent a dozen years in total, in three stints), they still struggle to explain to their friends just exactly what their son does. But not to worry - a year after co-founding the Design Institute for Health, a joint collaboration between the new Dell Medical School and...more
Julie Yost is the Design Program Curator and award-winning* Head of GIFs at SXSW Eco.
Design is a broad and nebulous term. I have to admit that my definition of design changes as often as buildings rise and fall in Austin. My work at SXSW has given me the opportunity to meet with and work with an incredible and diverse set of designers who never fail to introduce me to new ideas, methodologies and design philosophies. This constant discovery of new approaches to problem-solving through design is at the root of my ambiguity,...more
Doreen Lorenzo, Director of the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Integrated Design and Co-founder of Vidlet; Previously, President at frog design
I started my career in design in 1997 for frog, the iconic design firm known for their work with Apple. We had opened our first digital office the year before I started after acquiring Virtual Studios, a digital design company started by Collin Cole and Mark Rolston. frog was interested in adding digital interfaces to their products and Collin and Mark were local pioneers in that...more
Danielle Barnes, on behalf of the Austin Design Week founding team
When I first moved to Austin and asked a UX designer about the design community, I was surprised by his response: “There isn't really a community.” There are a lot of talented designers, and some great organizations, but not one community.
Design can be found in our living rooms, at the office, in our cities, and in our pockets; Innovation in design has radically changed the world we know. With this has come a shift in what...more