Design Work 27 February 2019
Design//Work: Designing for Emerging Technologies
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

AIGA SF Office

130 Sutter Street

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 new physical gadgets and their software being pitched all the time we take a look how designers can stay current with the design skills needed to keep up with emerging technologies. Join us as we ask our panelists the following questions:

  • What new technologies are emerging right now?
  • What new design skills will designers need in the future?
  • How do you decide which technology to invest time and effort in?
  • How do you switch gears to embrace an emerging technology?
  • What emerging technologies will change the nature of design in the next 5 years?
    Getting to AIGA SF
    Street parking is limited and the nearest parking garage is located at Sutter & Stockton. We encourage guests to use car sharing or take public transportation. We're located blocks away from the Montgomery BART station. We cannot accommodate bikes in our space, however, secure bike parking is located at the Embarcadero BART station, a 15-minute walk to our office.

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
Sophia Levens, Design Principal & Program Director, User Experience Design , IBM Watson Customer Engagement
Sophia leads a global team of 50+ designers that drive the strategy and user experience throughout Watson Customer Engagement’s large portfolio of products. Her focus, making them inherently familiar and integrated to the vast set of fortune 500 customers. Sophia leads all disciplines of design to adopt best practices that support scalability, innovation and IBM Design Thinking. Sophia is also Head of IBM Studios San Francisco, focusing on bringing together the Bay Area’s design community and promoting both the internal and external eminence of IBM Design Thinking in Silicon Valley.
Jonah Becker, VP of Design, Fitbit
As VP of Design at Fitbit, Jonah leads the ID, UX, UX Research and Design Operations teams to deliver on the vision of making everyone in the world healthier. Before joining Fitbit, Jonah was VP of Industrial Design at HTC, where he was responsible for roadmap, future vision, and branding programs across smartphones, VR, imaging and wearables. He was also President and Partner at One & Co, a San Francisco design agency acquired by HTC in 2008. At One & Co, Jonah created successful, award-winning products for clients like Nike, Microsoft, Sony, Dell, and Burton Snowboards. Jonah has a B.A. in Philosophy from U.C. Berkeley and a B.F.A. in Industrial Design from California College of the Arts, where he has been a senior lecturer in the design program. When Jonah isn't thinking about design you'll likely find him cycling, running, playing guitar, or watching his daughters’ soccer games.
Alyssa Simpson, VP of Product, Figure Eight
Alyssa is a customer-driven product leader dedicated to building products that surprise, delight and bring new value to market. Her experience in scaling products from conception to large-scale ROI has been proven at both startups and large enterprises alike. As Director of Product Management at IBM Watson, Alyssa saw first-hand how thoughtful, sophisticated use of data has the power to transform industries. During her recent tenure at IBM, she oversaw the development of a large portfolio of AI products including vision, speech, emotional intelligence and machine translation. Alyssa was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in American Studies from Trinity College. When she is not geeking out on data and technology, she can be found hiking, cooking, and dining at “off the beaten path” restaurants with her labradoodle, Scout.