IASDR 2017 Guest Speaker
Chris Rockwell is CEO and founder of Lextant, a human experience firm dedicated to informing and inspiring design through a deep understanding of people, their experiences and aspirations. For over 20 years, Chris and his team have developed leading techniques to connect desires to the design of product and service experiences for some of the largest brands in the automotive, consumer packaged goods, healthcare, and financial industries. A frequent speaker and thought leader, Chris was recently added to the Smart 50 list of innovators and was named a top executive in Central Ohio.
IASDR 2017 Guest Speaker
Kit Zhang is a Senior User Experience Designer and Design Manager at Amazon. She is currently working on Amazon Fashion’s personalized shopping experience, including Amazon's fashion service, “Prime Wardrobe”.
She was the solo designer and researcher on the launch team of Amazon’s first brick-and-mortar "Bookstore". Throughout her three year journey at Amazon, she has been advocating for design research through collaboration with researchers, as well as pioneering new research methodologies as a designer on startup-mode teams.
Kit has nine years of design industry experience in consultancies and corporations. She has designed and launched various consumer facing and enterprise products. Kit has a Master of Design degree from the University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP.
IASDR 2017 Keynote- Design in the 21st Century: Complex Sociotechnical Systems
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Don Norman is Director of the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego. He is co-founder of the Nielsen Norman Group, former Vice President of Apple and former executive at Hewlett Packard. Norman serves as an IDEO Fellow, an honorary professor of Design and Innovation at Tongji University (Shanghai), and is an advisor or board member of numerous companies.
At UC, San Diego, he served as chair of the Psychology Department and founder and chair of the Cognitive Science Department. At Northwestern University, he is the Breed Professor of Design, emeritus. He has been Distinguished Visiting Professor of Industrial Design at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He has honorary degrees in psychology from the University of Padua (Italy) and in Design from the Technical University of Delft (the Netherlands) and the University of the Republic of San Marino. He received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from SIGCHI and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer & Cognitive Science from the Franklin Institute (Philadelphia).
He is a member of the American National Academy of Engineering, and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Association for Computing Machinery, American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, and the Design Research Society. He serves on the Board of Trustees at IIT's Institute of Design in Chicago.
He is well known for his books "The Design of Everyday Things," "Emotional Design," and "Living with Complexity." He lives at www.jnd.org.