The Future of the Design Agency

NOVEMBER 11, 2021 4:00PM - 5:00PM

  • Enterprises have more diverse design needs than ever before. As the race for in-house design accelerates, will design agencies adapt and thrive, or flounder and become irrelevant?
  • 916 Springdale Rd
  • Bldg 4 Ste 101
  • Austin, TX 78702

The Future of the Design Agency

The growth of product design over the last decade has created a competitive space when it comes to finding design talent. Because design needs are frequently shifting within growing companies, solving the Rubik’s Cube of project staffing is often a pain point for organizations with design needs.

The options of full-time hiring, working with individual contractors, or engaging with traditional agencies aren’t always ideal. Sometimes companies feel that all three approaches are like trying to force a round peg into a square hole.

It begs a few questions:

  • What is the most efficient and cost-effective way to do design work at scale?
  • How should companies go about finding the right designers for the job?
  • What role do agencies play in this shifting landscape?
  • How do they adapt to serve these needs?
  • How do contractors fit into the equation?

Following the theme “Futuring,” our panel will explore the future of the agency-client relationship within the realm of product design, and the unique ways in which two teams can work together to create awesome results.

To gather a range of perspectives, the panel will feature design executives from three local companies (Dell, Atlassian and and one agency (Funsize). We will explore, at a high level, the shared work we’ve done together so that attendees can get a glimpse of how these important partnerships could shape the future of the industry.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be requiring proof of vaccination at the door for this event. Attendees are welcome to stick around for Happy Hour after the panel.

  • Mari Chamoun, Partner & COO, Funsize
  • Joie Chung, Director of Product Design,
  • Joie is a product design leader currently focused on building a strong design team at to improve the home buying experience to be easier and more transparent for everyone. She enjoys growing talent and mentoring the next generation of design leaders, as well as facilitating a fun and creative environment for designers to do their best work.
  • Banu Alpay Waldman, Senior UX Principal, Dell Technologies
  • Banu designed her way through UX, advertising, branding, architecture, and urban planning. With 17+ years of industry experience spread across three continents, she finally found her happy place, leading complex UX projects here in Austin. She is a change agent in her design practice and a counter-intuitive chef at home. Lives in North Austin with toddler, husband, and cat.
  • Stu Smith, Senior Experience Design Manager, Trello
  • Stu is a designer, musician, and dad living in Austin, Texas. Across his career in design, he has worked with small business owners, startups, and major corporations to create valuable brand and web experiences. From running his own studio to working in-house, Stu has acquired a diverse perspective on design.

    • 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 4 Ste 101
    • Austin, TX 78702
  • DAY
  • Thursday, November 11th
  • TIME
  • 4:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Funsize
  • Design Leaders and product designers of all levels.
  • Yes

916 Springdale Road
Bldg 4, Ste 101
TX 78702