D.Talks 27 June 2019
Design//Work: Transitioning to Design Management
9:00 am - 11:30 am

AIGA SF Office

130 Sutter Street

San Francisco

Event is over
9:00 am
Doors Open
9:30 am
Panel Starts
11:00 am
Panel Ends
11:30 am
Event Ends // Doors Close

As most designers grow their skills and experience their career inevitably evolves into a management position. This panel is for designers hoping to transition into a leadership role and also for designers who already have that role but want to learn more.

Join us as we ask our panelists:

  • How do you aim for a more senior role?
  • How do you pivot from individual contributor to managing peers?
  • What will the main difference in my day-to-day be?
  • What are the new skills needed?
  • Can you still be some kind of individual contributor?
  • Is it easier to pivot within the same company or go elsewhere?
  • 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.
    Patrick Wong, Design Manager, Lyft
    Patrick Wong leads the team of product designers working on the driver experience at Lyft. As Lyft's first Design Manager, he developed many of the team's early processes and helped scale the team and culture to where it is today.
    Travis Ortiz, VP of Design, Affinity
    Travis is a San Francisco based design leader and has been a designer in tech since the early days of e-commerce on the web. He recently joined Affinity, a relationship intelligence platform that helps people and companies better manage and leverage their networks, as their new VP of Design. Previously, Travis lead design efforts for Prosper Marketplace and Snapfish. Outside of work you can find Travis DJing, writing, publishing, and hiking.
    Kristen Spilman, Head of Brand & Communication Design, Stripe
    Kristen Spilman is a creative leader with a history of breathing new life into major technology brands. She currently leads the team of designers working on site design, brand content, and visual systems at Stripe. Before Stripe, Kristen lead design teams at Facebook, and built the multidisciplinary Brand Studio team at Dropbox. Prior to her time in San Francisco, Kristen was an Associate Partner at Pentagram, as well as a faculty member in the undergraduate graphic design department at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
    Alice Bybee, Senior Manager Brand Design, Slack
    Alice leads the Brand Design team at Slack whose recent projects include the Slack rebrand in addition to events and product marketing. Her previous experience includes creative direction, branding, packaging and interactive design for clients such as The North Face, Microsoft, Genentech, Levi’s and more. Alice also served as social impact co-chair and president of AIGA SF.