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Austin Design Week

Celebrate Austin design through a week of virtual and hybrid events this November as the city celebrates its creative economy in the fifth annual Austin Design Week. We’re inviting the community to propose and showcase the best in visual, interactive, product, industrial, fashion, architectural and civic design. Design Week provides the opportunity to bring together the Austin design community like never before. From the spaces we’re inspired by, to the images that leap from the page, the products we use daily and the way we interact with them, Austin is pushing the boundaries of design. Explore the cutting edge work being done through some of the city’s most innovative creators.

Meet The Founders


Grayson is a problem solver and ambitious mofo with a deep love for design, interiors, collaboration, Trixie, and/or Katya. After getting his start in fine arts, working for almost every non-profit theatre in Austin, he brought his storytelling talents to the tech industry. As a digital designer, his work varies from creating and testing custom content, high fidelity prototypes, and everything in between.

Previously Grayson was the program manager for ORANGE magazine. An Austin lifestyle publication with over 130k annual readers. ORANGE’s mission is to promote meaningful dialogue...

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Programming Lead

Jessica is a multi-passionate consultant with a professional background as a small business and nonprofit strategist. A local Austinite and an avid traveler, Jessica is passionate about making the world--and Austin--a smaller place through connecting people, ideas, and opportunities. Current projects, passions, and affiliations include serving as Managing Director for the Austin Smart City Alliance and the Austin Forum for Technology & Society, as well developing business strategies and leadership development programs for a wide variety of companies and organizations.

She is a...


CHead of Design A Thon

Alejandra (Alex) Del Taylor is a bilingual art director, graphic designer, and illustrator with a passion for poking holes and bridging gaps. She earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Art at SCAD-ATL and has more than 8 years of experience in Advertising. Her passion revolves around leveraging her skills to create lasting change within her community and empowering others to do the same.

Currently, she is working hard on the AIGA ATX Board as a co-chair for the Changemaker Series. When she's not volunteering her time you can find her laugh crying in a body of water or stuck in a Netflix...


Hybrid Events Lead

Emily has over 10 years in marketing, brand partnerships and event management in the entertainment industry. As the current Marketing Director for Luck Reunion, she has helped their brand successfully expand from live to digital events in order to continue to provide a platform for musicians, chefs, and artisans who are contributing to American roots culture in an authentic way.

Previously Emily worked as Special Projects Manager at SXSW and Associate Marketing Manager at C3 Presents. Born and raised in Texas, she has a BA in Public Relations from the University of...


Head of Design A Thon

Jennifer (Houli) Houlihan is an educator and freelance designer with expertise in UX design and research, facilitation, and content. Currently, she’s an instructor for the 12-week immersive program in user experience design at General Assembly Austin. Raised in Alaska, she has served in creative leadership for more than 30 years, working with non-profit organizations and social impact businesses across the country. An award-winning speaker, Houli has presented and lectured on topics from the nuts and bolts of successful database conversions to networking skills for introverts in classrooms...


Head of Volunteers

Kayla Shay is a visual designer currently working with brand and product design experiences. From a young age, she's been completely enamored with art, technology, and people-- always learning how these things come together to speak to one another. She's been a volunteer for ADW since its inception in 2016, and wanted to give back even more to a wonderful community of designers. She's currently working as a Visual Designer at T3 and spends her days daydreaming, creating, and petting her husky, Luna.

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Keynote Events Volunteer

As Director of Operations at dwg., Amy’s passions, skill sets, and design-oriented thinking are made clear daily.

With over a decade of experience, she leads HR, assists in the company’s financial management, and manages client and employee success. Beyond this, she is constantly motivating, leading, and maintaining a productive, happy, and well-fed team.

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Head of Volunteers

Before relocating to Austin, Dave spent a dozen years working for a global technology company where he led digital transformation across the globe.

Dave’s first real introduction to Austin was when he volunteered during the tail end of ADW ‘19 where he found an opportunity to support a community that inspired him.

He now works at Four Hands in Austin where he is part of the team that is modernizing the IT landscape. These efforts will enable Four Hands to remain creative, agile, and future ready.

Outside of work, Regardless if he back home in NY, or in Mexico or on...

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Design-A-Thon Lead

Camilla Ferrero Rodriguez is a bilingual graphic/digital designer who enjoys bringing creative strategies to the branding industry.

Camilla started her career in Costa Rica working for design studios with a focus in digital design, re-designing websites and proposing brand strategies. She later decided to pursue professional growth by moving to Austin, Texas where she continues to network and learn from other designers about UX/UI design.

To give back to the community back home, Camilla uses her skills to volunteer at a non-profit that helps teenage girls in Costa Rica. She...


Design-A-Thon Lead

Born and raised in Austin, Kim Nguyen works as a UX researcher and designer in the education sector. Kim holds a BS in Psychology and a certificate in interaction design and social entrepreneurship from Austin Center for Design. At ADW19 Kim facilitated a round table discussion on sustainability in fashion. In her spare time, Kim can be found in the kitchen trying out new recipes or playing with her nieces and nephews.

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Design-A-Thon Lead

Matt Michalak, Assoc. AIA, is a Technical Designer at Gensler, a global architecture and interior design firm dedicated to creating a better world through the power of design. His day to day work is rooted in caring for and expanding the life giving qualities of urban environments by designing resilient buildings and public spaces that help provide opportunities of upward mobility for everyone.

Matt is a leader within Gensler’s Mixed Use Practice Area focusing on residential, commercial and retail projects, such as The Grove in North Austin, a legacy-quality mixed use neighborhood...


Hybrid Events Volunteer

Elise, a Texas native turned New Yorker, has recently returned to her Southern roots by way of Nashville and now to Austin. Elise spent the last two years with Dream Hotel Nashville from initial construction phases to successful launch; landing clients like the NFL Tennessee Titans, Nissan, and the Billboard Top 100 Awards along the way. Prior to her Nashville move, Elise was Event Sales Manager at the Time Hotel in Midtown, Manhattan.

At 18, Elise started her career in the Fashion Industry, living in Hong Kong, London and New York City. Fashion gave her the...


Programming Lead

Tulsi is a UX researcher at Blink who loves applying her systems-thinking perspective from mechanical engineering and manufacturing to understand how people use products and services. After graduating from Duke University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, she spent 5 years as a Manufacturing Engineer leading product quality and systems design improvements in the energy sector. Driven by the belief that human-centered design should be applied across all stakeholders - including those responsible for assembling products - she went back to school, earning her MS in Design Impact from...


Programming Lead

Susannah is a Web Developer at ShipStation, where she turns beautiful designs into responsive web pages, strategizes with team members, and helps to create solutions. She has a degree in Mass Communications from Oklahoma City University, and attended General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive. Susannah is a founding member and serves on the National Board of Together Digital. In her free time she volunteers at Austin Pets Alive!, cuddles with her rescue pup Lily, and takes in everything Austin has to offer.

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Programming Lead

Maddie Huey is a Senior Product Designer at H-E-B Digital, where her team aims to enhance the health and wellness of Texans through digital experiences. For over 5 years she has worked in digital healthcare – empowering clinical professionals to provide the best care and delivering seamless customer experiences to patients in their most vulnerable moments.

Outside of work, Maddie enjoys volunteering with Creative Mornings and Dress for Success. She also loves supporting and participating in the Austin dance community and kayaking on lake Austin.


Programming Lead

Abydjana is a freelance User Experience Designer and Co-Host of the “Hello UX Podcast, a podcast targeting people pivoting into UX. She has worked to provide branding, creative vision, UX research and UI designs for fin tech, events, and digital agency startups. She has a BA from Tufts University in Bio-Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Brain Sciences.

Currently, she is focused on exploring the cross section between UX Design and Event Planning to help create experiences that build community and foster meaningful conversations that diversifies the design field. It’s important...

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Head of Communications Strategy

Madison Scullin is a brand strategist specializing in concept and campaign development for brands who embrace big ideas. As the Head of Strategy for Austin Design Week, Madison develops multichannel brand strategies that grow the perception and awareness of the brand throughout the Austin creative community. Driven by a core belief that authentic storytelling is what makes brands memorable, she creates content strategies that evoke emotion and activate community. She daylights as a Brand & Content Strategist at Favor Delivery, where she defines and implements cohesive brand strategies,...


Social Media Lead

Alexis Simon is a WELL AP consultant with 9+ years of marketing and business development experience. She is originally from Mexico City, but she stayed in Austin after she graduated from UT. Hook ‘Em! She first volunteered with Austin Design Week in 2018. In 2019, she hosted the #ADWGameChangers event and curated a panel of empowered female entrepreneurs to discuss interior design through the lens of wellness. This year, she is embracing change and exploring new ways to engage a larger audience through social media platforms. She loves sushi, her cat named Jay-Z, and her fiancé, who she...

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Blog and Email Lead

With a background in PR, marketing, and editorial writing, Sam is dedicated to thoughtful storytelling and enthusiastic about all things content. She currently works with creative brands, small businesses, and publications to develop and execute content-driven communication strategies as a freelance writer and marketer. Sam is also the founder of Movers + Makers, a blog and event series dedicated to inspiring and connecting creative, entrepreneurial women. In her free time, you can usually find her reading, frequenting local businesses, or hanging out with her dog, Charlie.


Vice President, Urban Design, Downtown Austin Alliance

Michele is a Registered Architect and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional with over 20 years of experience in architecture, urban design and construction, specializing in sustainable design and operations. She leads urban design initiatives that advance smart, sustainable real estate development and infrastructure at the building and district scales. Michele coordinates partnerships with downtown business owners, stakeholders and city leaders to create vibrant, walkable, activated spaces. She also assists in advocacy efforts for development...


Service Designer + Creative Technologist, Austin Convention Center

Leslie is a storyteller and connector with interests in fashion, philosophy, design, and business. Thriving on collaboration and art, she founded a music and art production in her hometown of Brownsville, TX providing musicians, artists, and local businesses an outlet to showcase their talent.

Since then, she’s initiated collaborations such as Kookooka, a zine featuring poets, photographers, and musicians. Theory Garden, a company that produced block printing vintage blazers. Her latest collaboration is...

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Service Design Strategist, IBM

Alisha Moore is a Service Design Strategist creating the future of Support at IBM. She is passionate about the intersection of design and social good, and she works to build community and a more equitable world.

Alisha is also the Design for Good Director on the AIGA Austin Board.

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Founder and Principal of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

Michael Hsu, AIA, IIDA is the founder and principal of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, a fully integrated architecture and interior design firm. MHOA was founded in Austin in 2005 and opened a second studio in Houston in 2019.

Following graduation from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, Hsu worked at OMA in the Netherlands before returning to Austin where he has practiced since 1998. Hsu is currently a member of the University of Texas School of Architecture’s Advisory Council and is the immediate Past President of AIA Austin. His firm has received...


Head of Content

Brian McMullen is a brand strategist and operations specialist who cut his teeth as one of Uber’s first employees. Spending just over 7.5 years at the company, Brian helped to operationalize Uber’s community management role and then its global brand design functions before moving into brand strategy. Currently, Brian is putting all of his design thinking and patience to the test by learning video game development in Unity. Having taken on a design-related role at Uber without formal design experience, the support he received from the design community was key to Brian’s personal and career...


Design Director at Hai Hospitality

Amanda Woodward grew up on Marco Island, Florida, and worked as a graphic designer for Artis-Naples, a center for visual and performing arts before joining Hai Hospitality in 2015. When she’s not at work, Amanda enjoys practicing yoga, painting, and playing her ukulele. Casa de Luz is her favorite spot in Austin. Cuc Gach Quán in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is her top eatery in the world.


VP of Design, The Zebra

Matthew leads a team of designers, researchers, and writers who are focused on creating amazing experiences while providing creative vision and design strategy at the executive level. He establishes best practices and puts processes in place to ensure efficiency and excellence which are translated through his team’s work. With a strong focus on ethics, education, and diversity, Matthew fosters a collaborative, inclusive team that focuses on a set of core values, including empathy, efficiency, and excellence.


Senior Project Coordinator at GFF

Born in Banes, Holguin, CUBA. Ricardo’s genuine passion for service has allowed him to serve under various professional organizations and fundraise over $4,000 to establish The Pay It Forward Scholarship dedicated to alleviating the financial burden of architecture students at his HBCU, Tuskegee University. Ricardo is a dedicated and respected Associate member of the AIA Austin chapter where he serves on the Board of Directors as Membership/Community Building Commissioner. Formerly Chapter President with AIAS at Texas A&M University, his service includes the Hip-Hop Architecture Camp...

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Sustainabiliy Lead

Robert is a Service & Interaction Designer at the global design consultancy Fjord, where he helps the digital services of multinational enterprise clients become more human-centered, profitable, and sustainable. He has proudly attended Austin Design Week since its inception, and is optimistic about the ability of design to solve pressing problems like environmental protection, transportation, and personal wellness. He enjoys bicycling, camping, and thunderstorms, but not all at once. Learn the benefits of reducing car trips in your life at his workshop this year, “Roads are for...


Junior Account Strategist, Praytell

Isaac is a Junior Account Strategist with experience in public relations across tech, finance, food and beverage brands. His passion for creating and implementing stories for his clients has led him to place these narratives in Elite Daily, USA Today, Forbes and more. He’s excited to work with Austin Design Week to help further their mission and introduce ADW to new audiences.

Isaac lives in Chicago but enjoys all things Austin (especially the breakfast tacos).


Senior Director, Account Strategy, Praytell

Erika Morgan is a Senior Director with 10+ years of experience in public relations across tech, finance, healthcare, and consumer brands. With an innate passion for storytelling, she leads campaigns that speak to the essence of brands. One of her favorite hobbies is decorating and design and she is thrilled to help spread the word about Austin Design Week.

Erika lives in East Austin with her husband and two dachshunds Sophie and Penny.


Integrated Strategy Supervisor, Praytell

Katie Kahler is an Integrated Brand Strategist with 7+ years of experience building social/digital campaigns, influencer networks, and real time activations across verticals including CPG, Fin Serv, Tech, and B2B. Her love of the ATX creative scene lead her to Austin Design Week and she is excited to explore new ways to bring these events to a larger audience.

She loves the internet, Micheladas, and long hikes with her dog, Gaspode.


Account Strategist, Praytell

Marisa is a PR strategist, specializing in media relations and brand storytelling. In her current role at Praytell, she works closely with national media to curate meaningful coverage, landing pieces for clients in publications like the New York Times and Huffington Post. She’s excited to be working with Austin Design Week to continue exploring the role between media and brands to find new ways to expand brand dialogue among consumers.


Head of Partnerships

With a background in web development and design, Britney Jo has worked as a Front End Developer, Web Dev Instructor, Freelance Designer and, most recently, landed in Creative Recruiting. Whether it’s teaching others to bring their ideas online by learning to code or finding badass talent and placing them with brilliant companies, her passion lies in helping other people find theirs.

Britney Jo was a SXSW speaker in 2017, 2018, and 2019. She has been on numerous design/developer panels, as well as, moderated many panel discussions in the design community.

Outside of work you can...

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Hannah Sager currently works at SXSW as a Programming Assistant. In her role she runs Place by Design, a pitch competition aimed at showcasing innovative and invigorating design in the public sphere. These projects highlight the best and the brightest architectural designs in the world, shining a light on how designers can solve social issues.

Previously Hannah worked at AMD and PepsiCo, where she came up with sales marketing strategies to help humanize large brands while increasing their ROI. In her spare time, you can find her snapping photos, dancing at concerts or cheering way...

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Kelsey is an event producer with a passion for enhancing the creative community. Her favorite events create conversations focused on new ideas, community, and empowerment for individuals and organizations. Kelsey is a Texas native who fell in love with Austin after attending UT. After a 5 year stint in Chicago where she did her graduate studies at Columbia College Chicago and worked in the entrepreneurial community, she is back in Austin working as a marketing and events manager for LogicMonitor. She is also the proud owner of a retired pet model, Cooper, the chocolate lab. Photos readily...

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Head of Design A Thon

Nick Hahn is Design Manager and Design Thinking evangelist at IBM. He and his team craft enterprise scale experiences for IBM Cloud. He’s a nearly 20 year veteran of user centered design and visual storytelling. He’s gained a deep understanding of how technology is used in both B2B and B2C worlds, by overseeing the design of technology products and services projects for companies big to small (Fortune 100 to scrappy startups).

Beyond IBM, Nick also runs Austin Spark League - a design education program for teens run through summer camps, weekend long Design-a-thons, and an upcoming...


Programming Lead

Kaley is a UX designer, strategist, and educator based in Austin, TX. Her day job involves collaborating on and internal design system strategy for IBM Cloud. Prior to working as a designer, she spent a decade in the education space both locally and internationally, embedded in communities around the world. Kaley believes that the true power of design lies in it's ability to bring people together and empower community problem solving.

While not quoting podcasts or taking on new hobbies, Kaley likes to volunteer with some of her favorite organizations – Creative Mornings, and of...


Briana is passionate about creating community and empowering brands to make a meaningful impact. She​​ is currently the Lead Marketing Producer at General Assembly​ and the founder of Be Fox Marketing with over seven years of experience ​spanning ​brand ​strategy, client services, event management​ and digital marketing. She recently found a new home at General Assembly Austin where she is leading community engagement, event marketing, and short-form classes and workshops.​ ​​

​Previously she worked on the agency side on accounts such as Walmart, ​Cargill Foods​,​​ ​LS Tractor, and...


Kati Presley is a User Experience Director coming from a diverse professional background that blends together journalism, graphic design, personnel management and strategic planning. She heads up client design discovery, product architecture and feature definition while leading the UX team at Rocksauce Studios. Kati is a co-founder and owner of the Austin-based themed trivia company Get It Gals. She also has a pretty cute family and likes hanging out with them.

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Social Media Specialist, Lifesize

Erinn was born and raised in sunny Fort Lauderdale, FL, but has called Austin, TX home since graduating from the University of Florida as a double Gator. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Italian Studies and her Master of Arts in Mass Communication with a specialization in Social Media.

While in school, she learned the ins and outs of social media and communications and had the opportunity to work with several startups along the way. She currently works full time as the Social Media Specialist for Lifesize doing all things social media and content creation and is...

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Owner, Mark Odom Studio

Mark moved to Austin from in 2004 creating Mark Odom Studio, an award winning studio revolving around like-minded individuals producing both residential, commercial, & public art projects throughout the Texas region. Prior to m(ødm), Mark worked in Dallas, San Diego, and Hawaii on various urban infll, adaptive reuse, and mixed-use high rise developments with a primary focus on context and site-appropriate design. Mark has fifteen + years of experience in the architecture and construction industry and focuses the studio on collaborative efforts in quality design, material investigation,...

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Chief Innovation Officer, City of Austin

Kerry O'Connor is Austin's Chief Innovation Officer. She joined the City of Austin on March 24, 2014. Previously, Kerry worked at the U.S. Department of State, where she established an innovation unit called the Research and Design Center in the Office of the Secretary of State, which offers research, consulting, brainstorming facilitation, and strategic design services. She developed and managed an employee idea generation program, helped architect sustainable management reforms, coordinated logistics for the Pittsburgh G20 Summit, served as an executive staffer, and improved programs and...


Director of User Experience, Magento

Guliz Sicotte is the Director of User Experience for Magento, an Adobe Company. In this role, Guliz oversees the UX design, research and documentation for Commerce Cloud, Order Management, Business Intelligence, and Marketplace products. She joined Magento from Volusion, where she lead the UX design for commerce platforms and built a successful design and marketing services division. Prior to spending a decade designing experiences in commerce, Guliz has held several roles in agencies designing marketing experiences for enterprise software companies. She is passionate about Design Thinking...


Landscape Architect Designer, TBG Partners

Francisco J Rosales is a Landscape Architect Designer at TBG Partners. He was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas and at 14, moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Rosales graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. He is passionate about sustainable and low-impact development in combination with community involvement and has worked on an array of projects ranging from small scale mixed-use to large scale multi-family spaces. Along with design, Francisco's creative pursuits also include visual art through the collage medium and being a...


Jason Wilkins is a designer and educator. For nearly seven years he helped lead a wide range of design projects across strategy, branding, communications, and the built environment at Page/Dyal (formerly Dyal and Partners). Much of he and his colleague’s work has been for Austin institutions such as The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School, KUT/KUTX, People’s Community Clinic, Texas Appleseed, and The Holdsworth Center.

His enthusiasm in designing for cause-based organizations sent him on a path to co-found his own in the fall of 2018. Curb (...


Executive Director, Design Institute of Health at University of Texas at Austin

Stacey Chang is a designer, an unintentional academic, and an unapologetic ringleader for new creative solutions to age-old dilemmas in health. Until 2014, Stacey was the Managing Director of the Healthcare practice at IDEO, the global design and innovation firm. He left to found the Design Institute for Health at the University of Texas at Austin, a first-of-its-kind institution, dedicated to applying design approaches to solving systemic health care challenges as an integrated part of an operating health system and a medical education and training program. As Executive Director of the...

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Director, Austin Community College Fashion Incubator

Nina Means is an alumna of the International Fashion Design program at FIT and has designed for Rebecca Taylor, American Eagle Outfitters, and H by Halston for QVC. In 2016, Nina started her namesake label,

Nina Means, sold in specialty stores and online. As Director of the Austin Community College Fashion Incubator, she is developing a real-to-industry experience that provides students and fashion startups with the necessary educational experience and technology exposure to work efficiently in the fashion industry. The program also provides emerging fashion businesses the product...


Isabella is enthusiastic about exploring uncharted territory, whether it be on foot or within industry. A BA in Public Relations from The University of Texas at Austin paired with an eclectic mix of marketing experience has culminated in a holistic outlook that emphasizes meaningful relationship building, impactful storytelling, and thoughtful design. Her time spent working abroad at Edelman Barcelona, supporting the Global Sponsorship team at South by Southwest, and overseeing brand strategy and new product development at Ruta Maya Coffee brings a deep appreciation for culture in all its...

Eleni Gesch-Karamanlidis

Eleni Gesch-Karamanlidis is a consultant who helps people in organizations communicate and collaborate better as they tackle large-scale innovation. Previously, she was a conversation designer in the City of Austin's Design, Technology, and Innovation Fellowship, where she helped diverse groups work through their competing needs. She's also a communication researcher studying ways to better manage difficult conversations within and across organizations. In her free time, she coaches kids' rowing.

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Rose is a published, award-winning designer who, in her current role, serves as a Senior Design Manager at IBM. While at IBM, Rose has led and delivered design efforts tied to key offerings like Cloud Automation Manager, E-Discovery, Enterprise Content Management Solutions as well as other Analytics offerings. In her new role in the IBM Watson Cloud Platform she leads design for the Discover and Buy and Getting to Production squads. She was a professor for over 14 years and brings 20+ years of creative strategy to contribute expertise in design critique and professional development to her...


Ben Guhin is the Senior Advisor for Design & Technology at the City of Austin, where he founded the Design, Technology, and Innovation Fellows program and launched its new Office of Design & Delivery, establishing Austin as a leader in design and technology in local government.

Previously, he served as a Senior Fellow for Design and Technology at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where he helped build one of the largest in-house design and technology teams in the federal government. He started his career as an interaction designer at the global digital agency...

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Amanda works as a Content Designer at IBM. Her current work obsessions: instructional design and information architecture. Her current personal obsessions: Janelle Monáe and Twitter.

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Program and Communication Manager, Capital City Innovation

Victoria O’Dell is Program and Communication Manager of Capital City Innovation. In her role, she brings together diverse stakeholders to recognize the potential we have to transform the way we approach health in Austin and beyond. She believes residents, businesses, and government can work together to design resilient communities.

Previously she was an independent designer working with non-profits, small businesses and startups to create websites, applications, and graphics. Texas born and raised, she earned her B.F.A from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

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Prior to founding argodesign with his longtime colleague, Mark was the Chief Creative Officer of frogdesign, responsible for the creative direction of one of the most successful product design firms in the world. He joined frog in 1994 and co-founded the software design group, quickly establishing it as the largest part of frog's business and major force in its growth. Since then, he has continued to produce groundbreaking work for Fortune 500 clients, and guided the transformation of frog into a modern strategic design organization and one of the largest and most respected design...

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Beau Frail, AIA, is the Principal Architect of Activate Architecture, a design firm based in Austin TX, that collaborates with communities, cities and clients to create socially engaged, sustainable, and beautiful spaces. Beau has managed multiple complex adaptive-reuse projects in downtown urban cores, led public interest design charrettes and developed outreach programs with the City of Austin promoting affordable housing. Beau serves on the Texas Society of Architects’ Board of Directors and on the AIA National Associates Committee as the Regional Associate Director for Texas. Beau’s...

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Nat Wittstruck is Creative Director at GPJ Experience Marketing where his team concepts and designs over 175 annual events across North America. As executing large-scale experiences requires the diverse talents and interlocking efforts, Nat orchestrates a creative collective of designers, builders, doers, dreamers, makers, developers and artists to combine into massive moments of impact and engagement. He continues a decade of designing experiences for clients such as IBM, Spotify, Time, Google, Bravo, Charity Water and Fox. Returning to Austin in 2015, after cutting his teeth in NYC, Nat...

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With more than 12 years of experience, Bart Kibbe brings a solid background in branding and identity design, art direction, visual design, and print production.

Bart started his career at Central Austin Management Group, designing for local household brands such as Uchi, Ace Tailors and The Belmont. From there he transitioned his love for art and design to the nonprofit world and worked in-house for Austin Museum of Art (now, The Contemporary) producing the look & feel, collateral materials, and print and digital advertising for ‘La Dolce Vita,’ its signature annual fundraising...

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I've been in the industry since 2007 and taught myself design and front end development back before code camps and Google Chrome were a thing — back when we all had the title “web designer”. Nowadays, I spend my time leading and mentoring designers of all ages and abilities.

As a design leader I work directly with product leadership at every level: product managers, development managers, and c-suite executives. I build and manage those relationships and work with leadership to strategize and drive the product roadmap. I work with my design teams to deliver excellent user experiences...

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My name is Adrian Armstrong and I am an artist from Omaha, NE now living and working in Austin, TX. I graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 2014 with a BFA in Fine Arts. I consider myself a “creative” of all kinds often working in painting, drawing, graphic design, set design, sculpture, and more. I am also the co-founder of Brown State of Mind, a creative agency and lifestyle brand dedicated to the advancement of creatives of colors and their ideas.

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Design Director, thoughtbot

Sameera is a designer and educator living in Austin, TX, originally from the Dutch island of Curaçao. She is currently a Design Director at thoughtbot. She writes and speaks about Responsive Web Design, Diversity and Inclusion in Tech, and design research and process on her blog and on The Pastry Box Project (2015, 2018). She shares her thoughts on the web in the documentary, What Comes Next Is The Future and formerly wrote a monthly column for net magazine print and online. She makes playlists and travels a lot. She also cooks and dines out and photographs it all.

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Ilse Frank, PLA, ASLA, Assoc. AIA, has fifteen years of experience working and teaching in landscape architecture, urban design, architecture, and planning. Falling in love with cities while traveling in the UTSOA’s Study In Italy and Europe Program as an undergraduate student at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, combined with a formative Professional Residency Program experience at West 8 in Rotterdam led her to pursue two master degrees. While a graduate student at PennDesign, Ilse and three of her classmates won the first prize in the Andrés Bello Foundation’s...


Founder & Lead Organizer, Communications

Danielle is passionate about empowering designers, through education and community building. She is currently the CEO of Women Talk Design, a new social enterprise on a mission to see more women speaking on stage.

She co-founded Austin Design Week in 2016 while she was the Regional Director of General Assembly in Austin, an education institution that empowers individuals to pursue the work they love through education and opportunities in design, tech, business and data. At General Assembly, Danielle...



Design Strategy Lead for Client Services at IBM

Amber Atkins is a Lead Design Strategist at IBM Design for Services where her team delivers on delightful experiences for clients who are curious about becoming a design lead entity and breaking free from "business as usual". For almost 10 years, she has helped build communities for creative education and design as the Vice President of Education and Mentorship for AIGA Colorado and now in her role on the AIGA Austin board. Amber believes in the power of what a diverse group of humans can do when they challenge one another to think -...


Founder & Lead Organizer, Programming & Partnerships

Partnerships & Events Manager, Vapor IO

Candice has over a decade of experience spanning marketing, advertising, sponsorship development, partnerships, programming, artist and event management. Candice has worked in magazine publication, music/film festivals and global productized events.

In 2011, she helped to open and run artist-owned record label, The Noise Company. In this role, Candice realized her passion for finding innovative platforms to support artists. She took her drive for fostering creative communities to education and startups to General Assembly where she...


The 2017 Advisory Board