Design Work 20 September 2017
Design Work: Getting into product design – Sold Out
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


130 Sutter Street, St 600 San Francisco

San Francisco

Event is over
6:30 pm
Doors Open For Mingling And Drinks
7:00 pm
Panel Discussion Begins
8:30 pm
Panel Discussion Wraps Up
9:00 pm
Event Ends // Doors Close

With so much of our daily lives being funneled through our smartphones, product design is increasingly becoming a major discipline within the field of design.

Join us on Sept 20th, 2017 as we ask a panel of senior product designers how they got into the discipline, and what you should be doing to excel in the field—as existing practitioner, or as someone who wants to move into it.

Topics include

  • What kind of software should I be learning?
  • What hard and soft skills should I be developing?
  • Are there groups I should join, blogs I should read or courses I should take?
  • What is the average week of a product designer like?
  • How are product design projects different from other types of design projects?
  • What kind of salaries, titles and career longevity can a product designer expect to have?
  • moderator
    Amy Stellhorn, Founder of Big Monocle
    Amy is the founder and CEO of Big Monocle, an award-winning creative agency with offices in San Francisco, San Jose, Redwood City and Provo. She works with fortune 500 brands and specializes in strategic, high-level brand and campaign thinking. This year Big Monocle was named Small Agency of the Year by the DMA.
    Hillary Lindeman Product Designer, Google
    Born and raised in New York, Hillary Lindeman is a Product Designer at Google. Hillary currently leads UX design for Android Messages and Rich Business Messaging at Google creating new innovations and experiences for mobile communication. Prior to designing messaging products, Hillary worked as a UX Designer on Google Maps and Google Search where she helped lead the application of Material Design to Google Maps. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from SUNY New Paltz and has specialized in user experience and visual design, advertising, branding, print design, and packaging design for the last 10 years. Design is Hillary's deepest passion, but when she is not crafting mobile products she enjoys ceramics, making pots for her many plants, traveling to far off lands in search of local artisan goods, and hiking around California's golden coast.
    Deny Khoung, Founder of Whitespace
    Deny has a passion for design, education, and calling out people's potential. He is the founder of Whitespace, an accelerator program that builds up designers in tech through mentorship, education, and community. He also serves as a Design Adviser to startups and a Designer in Residence at 8VC, a SF-based VC firm with over $1 billion under management. A Bay Area native, Deny is a graduate of San Jose State University where he earned a BFA in Graphic Design.
    Faith Bolliger Sr. Director of Product Design, SoFi
    Faith Bolliger heads up the Product Design at the FinTech start-up, SoFi, where she has been quietly building a powerhouse design team aimed to deliver a product experience that challenges all assumptions about financial services. Seasoned, Faith has a depth of experience bringing products and strategies to life, from her in-house tenure at McKinsey & Company to consulting at Cooper and McKinsey Digital Labs to later agency life at AKQA. Along the way, she has worked on a wide range of products, platforms, industries, clients: Audi, Best Buy, CIGNA, Home Depot, Levi's, Make Music, Nationwide, Nokia Siemens, Polaris, Task Rabbit, UBS, and a number of early start-ups. Over her career, her various job titles map an interesting progression of the industry - web designer, information architect, interaction designer, user experience designer, service designer and product designer.
    Loredana Crisan, Product Design Manager, Facebook Messenger
    Loredana Crisan is the head of design for Facebook Messenger, an app used by over 1.2 billion people around the world. In this role, Loredana leads her team in crafting innovative experiences, pushing the boundaries in modern-day communication. Prior to Messenger, Loredana led brand and mobile design at Indiegogo where she spearheaded the release of Indiegogo's native apps as well as the launch of Indiegogo's charitable fundraising site, Generosity. Loredana grew up in Romania, and she studied piano and music composition at the National Music University in Bucharest.