Celebrating all Design Disciplines
Indy Design Week is a week-long, city-wide festival with independently and collaboratively organized events celebrating and exploring the practice of design across all disciplines. Our mission is to strengthen our network and increase awareness and appreciation of design and its potential impact on business, culture, society, and people. Through a celebration of local and regional talent, we are connecting the Indianapolis Design community.
Your festival ticket gains you access to our full week of events including the opening party, partner events, Friday's conference, and closing party. Workshops and some partner events are an additional fee, so be sure to reserve your spots!
May 13th 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm
May 14th, 2019
May 16th, 2019
Community Leader | Professional Coach | Indianapolis Film Commissioner
A Certified Professional Coach, Creative Strategist, Women’s Advocate and Writer. Nothing is more important to her than making the world a better place through the collective impact of powerful, creative individuals.
Sr. Product Design Partner, Innovatemap
Always asking ‘why’ before asking ‘how,’ Evan translates high-level visions into products that speak to a user’s needs, wants, and goals. He helps companies with concept designs, UX renovations, and UX strategy, and gets excited by taking a complex problem and turning it into a simple solution.
Competency Manager UI/UX, Fusion Alliance • Founder, Indianapolis Coffee Guide
Scott Soltys-Curry is somewhat of a Scott of All Trades in the digital space -- including UX/UI design, product design, front-end development, business strategy, and marketing. (See what we mean?) He’s a Tennessee native transplanted in Indianapolis, where he lives with his husband and their two four-legged children.
Owner & Art Direcor, Second Street Creative
Ryan Hunley is owner and art director at Second Street Creative, an Indianapolis-based creative boutique, specializing in web and brand development. While he has collaborated with clients from all over the world, Ryan takes special pride in his work focused in Indianapolis.
Owner/Founder, United States of Indiana
Graham Brown is the founder and co-owner of United State of Indiana, a purposefully small clothing and screenprinting company in Indianapolis. At that job, he's shipped thousands of t-shirts and gifts to Hoosiers living around the world. He tries to be an advocate for the benefits of small, local commerce and the transformative effect it can have in a messed-up world. Although his job is cool, Graham would much rather be a member of Metallica or a successful video game developer. If you have leads on either of those positions, please let him know.
Design Strategist, RATIO Architects • Co-leader, Indianapolis Service Design Network
As an industry-leading Design Strategist, Andrea leverages her graphic + service design background and public engagement experience to uncover powerful insights that shape end-user experiences and generate opportunities for design innovation. Andrea’s expertise in research and human-centered design empowers RATIO to make informed decisions that focus on the holistic user experience of our clients.
Product Designer, Salesforce
Her passion for creative problem-solving stems from her previous experience as a graphic designer and her 7 years of experience as a mother. In her role at Salesforce, she leads design research and UX activities for tools that support internal sales teams across the organization. Amanda’s passion for teaching kids about technology shines in her time outside of work as a volunteer for Techpoint Foundation for Youth, Junior Achievement, and her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.
Sr. Industrial Designer, Delta Faucet Company
Jordan was drawn to design as a way to blend the logic of problem solving with the empathy of art. In addition to designing Delta® and Brizo® products, Jordan currently serves on the Design Arts Society Board at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and on the national board of directors for the Industrial Design Society of America. She resides in a 1900s farmhouse in the heart of Indiana with her husband, three children and barn cat.
Robert Negron, Artistic Director of Indy Convergence, will examine some common problems in the ‘artist as community builder’ model and share examples of a more intentional approach to engagement strategy and in designing community focused arts programing.
Time and intentional design need to be our new watchwords as artists working in community.
Jordan Ryan serves as the architectural archivist and coordinator of the Indianapolis bicentennial project for the Indiana Historical Society Library & Archives. She has a master's degree in Public History from IUPUI and a bachelor's degree in Art History from Herron School of Art & Design. In her free time, she enjoys restoring her 1867 Fountain Square workers cottage.
SEP, President and CEO
Raman Ohri, President and CEO, has been leading the software product design and development company since becoming President in 2015. Throughout his tenure at SEP, Ohri led the firm’s recruiting and training efforts as well as championed the development of SEP’s Career Path, a system that guides the firm’s staff through technical growth and career advancement.
Gautam Rao is an artist based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He recently exhibited his work at the Art Director’s Club in New York, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, The South Bend Art Museum, The Swope Art Museum, in Typeforce 5 in Chicago and in Art from the Heartland at the Indianapolis Art Center, curated by Sarah Urist Green.
Workshop: OMG! Font Design Within Illustrator
Coming to UX Research by way of Aerospace Engineering, Liz has worked in numerous fields ranging from unmanned aircraft to interactive fashion. Currently, she works as the Senior UX Researcher for L Brands and is using her experiences to lead efforts in the UX Research department. Liz's unique perspective for research blends her systems thinking with a strong focus on empathetic investigation.
Workshop: Organizationally Inclusive User Research
With 5+ years of experience in design and innovation my dedication and passion for design drives me to learn, grow and add value on a daily basis. My background in design innovation consulting allows me to think strategically when solving problems and my understanding in human behavior gives me the edge to produce solutions with the end user in mind. I've worked with a range of clients from startups to fortune 100 companies such as Samsung, Pepsico, and Target.
Josh Miles is a caffeine and Twitter addict and Chief Marketing Officer at SMPS. Josh previously co-founded MilesHerndon, an Indianapolis-based branding firm specializing in brand strategy, corporate identity, website, and user interface design. His expertise is highly sought after by professional service firms including architecture firms, legal practices, engineering offices and software companies. Josh is also involved in several other start-up tech companies based in Indianapolis.
Workshop: Obsessed With Podcasting: The secrets to launching your own designer podcast, from Obsessed Show host
Joel has 12 years of leading and designing web and mobile experiences for businesses and running a startup called ShoutNow. His clients have included Delivra, DyKnow, JCPenney, Klipsch, LocalMind, and Neustar. At Design On Tap, he leads our website and application UX projects, creating and implementing design and research processes.
Workshop: Design Leadership Intensive
Poppe works as a Sr. Interaction Designer for SEP helping clients path their way through swampy software and product waters. Co-founding Indy Design Week, and leading the charge as our Director, she's passionate about building the Indianapolis Design community through strengthening our network of support for practitioners through IDW and IxDA Indy.
Workshop: Design Leadership Intensive
Chris is a practitioner and maker. He is a thought leader and continually initiates new ideas and continuous improvement at SEP. His experience comes from building products with many large clients in a variety of industries: aerospace, medical, healthcare, finance, etc. He introduced and guided SEPʼs adoption of Agile software development practices in 2004 followed by Lean and Kanban in 2007.
As SEPʼs Director of Innovation, Chris leverages many community ideas helping SEP engineers and clients delivery better products. Chris speaks at conferences across the United States promoting Agile, Lean/Kanban, Product Management, and Design Thinking. Chris was an inaugural members of Indiana's Techpoint Tech 25.
Workshop: User Story Mapping