"The Design Gurus Summit is a great place to learn from the people leading the charge and shaking up our industry. Expect to discover new ideas and gain different perspectives on design, both as a speaker and attendee."- Frank Yoo, Director of Product Design a Lyft
Come learn from top Silicon Valley designers, thinkers and thought leaders who will share their insights on topics including product design, user experience design, design for emerging platforms, branding, marketing, creativity, entrepreneurship, design-driven startups, creative inspiration, and more.
A full-day event of both keynotes and panels from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. This year we have upgraded to the beautiful Kanbar Hall at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center. This is a world-class facility with a true stage and a professional audio visual team.
Event website: www.weareuncharted.com/dgs
2017 Keynote Speakers Include
World-Renowned Artist Who Created the Twitter Fail Whale & The Dumpling Emoji
Yiying Lu, Design Lecturer at NYU Shanghai Program on Creativity & Innovation
Yiying Lu award-winning artist and designer. Born in Shanghai China, Educated in Sydney Australia & London UK, now based in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Yiying Lu currently is the Creative Director at 500 Startups, the world's most active venture capital firm and startup accelerator. Yiying was named a "Top 10 Emerging Leader in Innovation" in the Microsoft Next 100 series. Her projects have been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, Forbes, The Atlantic, NBC News, TIME, Wired Magazine, and so on. Her client list includes Disney, PepsiCo, Microsoft, Twitter, Sony, Expedia, and so on. Her notable projects include Disney Shanghai Recruitment Campaign, the official Dumpling Emoji, the Twitter Fail Whale, Conan O'Brien's Pale Whale, and the SXSW Interactive Big Bag Art.
Former President of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) and currently on the IxDA Board of Directors
Nick Gould, President and COO at Cooper
Nick is the President and Chief Operating Officer for both the New York and San Francisco offices. Nick is a veteran digital business and product development leader with strong ties to the global UX and interaction design communities of practice. As an accomplished sense-maker and adept storyteller, Nick can masterfully find signals amidst the noise of customer input, stakeholder priorities, and competitor actions. Nick is the former President of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) and has served on the IxDA Board of Directors since 2009. Prior to Cooper, Nick held a variety of leadership positions focusing on Internet product development and strategic partnerships and joint ventures. Nick was VP of Internet Strategy and Business Development for Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing, and media company. Prior to that, Nick led business development efforts for BOL.com, Bertelsmann’s international online bookselling venture, and Citigroup. Before that, he was a corporate lawyer.
Author of O'Reilly's Information Architecture for the Web and Beyond
Jorge Arango, Information Architect and Partner at Futuredraft
Jorge Arango is an information architect with 20 years of experience designing digital products and services. He's a partner in Futuredraft, the experience design consultancy that solves complex problems using co-creation throughout the design process. He is a co-author of "Information Architecture for the Web and Beyond" the fourth edition of O'Reilly's celebrated "polar bear" book. Jorge has also served the global UX community as president and director of the Information Architecture Institute.
Founder of San Francisco's Most Sought After Creative Agencies
Trevor Hubbard, Partner + Executive Creative Director at Butchershop Creative
Trevor Hubbard is the founder and executive creative director of the fastest growing San Francisco creative agency Butchershop. A multidisciplinary designer, he has led hundreds of award-winning brand transformations, product launches, and marketing strategies. His work has shaped the trajectories of startups and global brands alike, including The San Francisco Giants, C3 Energy, Google, Microsoft, Lennar, Okta, Vodafone, and Zuora. Hubbard holds degrees in film studies and multidisciplinary design. He lives in Mill Valley, California with his girlfriend and their children. They love to ski and travel.
MFA faculty in the school of industrial design at the Academy of Art University
Shiz Kobara, Industrial Design and User Experience advisor to Savioke
Shiz Kobara serves as Industrial Design and User Experience advisor to Savioke. He advises the design team in matters of customer delight, user affordance, and design for manufacture. Shiz’s full-time career is divided between serving as Director of Business Development for the newly formed VENN Reactor innovation studio and as MFA faculty in the school of industrial design at the Academy of Art University, both in San Francisco. Six years ago, Shiz created a specialized design course focused on the future of robot design questioning how robots will live among us humans in our homes, office, and leisure. With over 30 years experience in industrial design/user experience management and strategy, and with design leadership positions at LUNAR, Intuit, and Hewlett Packard, Shiz has a design-led approach in looking at the potential for new trends in innovation.
Jackie Lamping, VP Marketing, Sojern
Meredith Black, Head of Design Operations, Pinterest
Carrie Whitehead, VP of Design, Westfield Retail Solutions
Melanie Williams, Senior Interaction Designer, Frog Design
Alexandra Anderson, Creative Lead, Airbnb
Jessica Karle, Digital Design Lead, Everlane
Kevin Fremon, Co-Founder & Design Director, Twenty20
Miha Feus, Interaction Designer, IDEO
Stephanie Engle, Product Designer, VR & Immersive Media, Facebook
Jessica Gaddis, Product Designer, Enterprise Platforms, Netflix
Thor Ernstsson, CEO and Founder, Alpha (former Zynga)
Puneet Lath, Product & Consumer Success Lead, Expensify
Jina Anne, Lead Design, Salesforce Lightning Design System, Salesforce
Sarah Federman, Experience Designer, Adobe
Pazit Kagel, Lead Designer, SAP Silicon Valley Innovation Center, SAP
Wesley Yun, Design Director, KPCB Design Council and (Former GoPro)
Pamela Jue, Lead Experience Designer, Capital One Labs
Stefan Kojouharov, Founder & Editor @ ChatbotsLife