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Event: The Path to Product: Designers from Foursquare, Etsy, Kickstarter & Neo share their work

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Published on Aug 18, 2014

Metis hosted this live event exploring the product design projects and accomplishments of some of the most respected professionals in the field.

Speaker include:
Aaron Robbs, Design Lead at Kickstarter
Josh Seiden, Managing Director of Neo in NYC and author of Lean UX
Timoni West, Product Design Alumna of Flickr and Foursquare
Cap Watkins, Senior Design Manager at Etsy.

Each share specific projects they are working on, the role of the product designer, how they fit into the design and development team, and more.

Presenters include:

Aaron Robbs
Design Lead, Kickstarter
@aaronrobbs
aaronrobbs.com

Aaron Robbs is the Design Lead at Kickstarter in New York City. Prior to Kickstarter he was the Senior Designer at Mailchimp where he launched a total rebrand and led design on the Voice & Tone project. His work has been awarded and featured in publications such as .NET Magazine, Fast Company, Swiss Miss, CSS Awards and DesignWorkLife. He is from Chattanooga, TN.

Timoni West
Founder, Department of Design
@timoni

Timoni West is the founder of Department of Design, a studio that works with startups to design better everyday apps. She's previously worked with amazing companies around the country, including Foursquare, Lift, Flickr, Bitly, Airtime, and Burner. You can find out what she's reading and thinking about at www.blog.timoni.org.

Josh Seiden
Interaction Designer; Managing Director of NYC office of Neo
Co-author of leanuxbook.com
Josh Seiden is an Interaction Designer and Managing Director of NYC office of Neo and co-author of Lean UX. He was head of product design at Wall Street innovator Liquidnet, and lead pioneering interaction design teams at Cooper. He is a founder and past President of the Interaction Design Association.

Cap WatkinsCap Watkins
Sr. Design Manager at Etsy
capwatkins.com

Cap Watkins is an interface designer living & working in Brooklyn, NY. He's a Sr. Design Manager at Etsy, helping grow the team, develop designers, as well as ensure holistic product design as Etsy scales. Cap believes in thoughtful, user-centric design solutions that get out of the way and empower people to accomplish more. His past work includes Zoosk, Formspring and hush-hush stuff at Amazon.

Moderator:

Tyson Gach
Designer, thoughtbot
Product Design Instructor, Metis

Tyson is a designer at thoughtbot, building and designing digital products. Prior to that, he freelanced, designing websites and iOS apps for small startups and large companies. Tyson is passionate about teaching his craft to others and is picky when it comes to proper quotation marks and other typographical goodness. He’s a self-proclaimed foodie, primarily indulging in everything to do with coffee, cocktails and pie.

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