Empathy in Design

Jun 20, 2019 @ 7 p.m. in San Francisco

Empathy is the secret weapon of great designers. The ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes and truly experience what they're experiencing is a powerful skillset, and one that can be quite difficult to cultivate when you're designing for a user that is not like you. The world needs more empathy. Join us for a session of Designers + Geeks focused on Empathy in Design, with great speakers from a variety of industries.

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Melissa Miyamoto-Mills

Designer at Ueno

Melissa Miyamoto-Mills is a motion and brand designer at Ueno in San Francisco. She focuses on projects at the intersection of art, design, technology and culture. Previously at HUSH, Office, and New Deal Design, she has a diverse design background working with clients like Nike, Viacom, Google, and start-ups such as Lumosity and True Ventures. Find her on instagram @m3lissammm.

Preethi Raju

Senior Product Designer at One Medical

Preethi Raju is a Sr. Product Designer at One Medical where she leads the effort to rethink healthcare and create a world class patient experience. She loves working with teams to design simple products that raise the standard, and even create some joy in the world. Preethi teaches design at CCSF, and holds a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to discovering her love for healthcare design, she led mobile design at MobileIron, re-designed Slant, and consulted for clients including Target and Goldman Sachs. She is passionate about design culture and it's ability to transcend throughout organizations.

Capri LaRocca

City Experience Manager at Minerva Schools

Imagine living in San Francisco, Seoul, Hyderabad, Berlin, Buenos Aires, London and Taipei over the course of your college experience. This is the journey of our students at Minerva Schools at KGI (www.minerva.kgi.edu), an innovative undergraduate program that combines four years of world travel with rigorous, interdisciplinary study. As City Experience Managers we design learning journeys for our students, who hail from over 40 different countries, to tackle projects with local professionals and gain new perspectives from each city in their global rotation. To prepare the future leaders of the world, we believe that education should be active and experiential. In order to accomplish this, we must make empathy a core part of our design process. We are excited to share with you how we create a student-centered college experience.

From communications and UX to permaculture and architecture, Capri LaRocca has experimented with many sides of the design landscape. She earned her Bachelor’s in Science, Technology and International Affairs from Georgetown University, went on to work in marketing communications and was an editor for thought leadership on the future of education. Today she designs systems and experiential learning opportunities for a diverse cohort of students from around the world to learn the practical skills you wished you learned in college.

Hannah Newman

City Experience Manager at Minerva Schools

Hannah Newman graduated from Middlebury College with a neuroscience degree, obtained her Master’s in Science Journalism from NYU, and then embarked on three years of leading experiential education programs — primarily in Latin America. Today, she works to facilitate project based learning opportunities for an international cohort of college students — connecting their structured academic learnings to challenges hosted by local organizations. In addition, she mentors students in their own initiatives and designs large community events for Minerva.