We teach UX, UI, and IxD for the digital age
Megan is a UX/UI Designer and DESIGNATION alum. Whether working for established corporations or assisting newly-minted startups, she has helped businesses and individuals bring their ideas to life by designing people-driven solutions.
Moving from a fine art background to human-centered design has allowed me to combine creative thinking with a healthy obsession of people watching. My goal is to bridge the gap between user and design by creating experiences focused on helping people connect with the world around them.
Zeke is an experienced interaction designer and front-end web developer who has been designing and coding for eight years. Formerly a senior designer at GrubHub, Zeke is currently Experience Strategy Director at Nelson Cash.
I became a designer because I wanted to influence the products and services around me. I love molding technology to better serve people’s needs.
I focus on combining methods from qualitative research, interaction design, communication design, and service design to create a design strategy that leads to effective and desirable experiences.
JJ is a story teller and brand strategist who combines creativity with design to create engaging experiences. He is currently a Product Designer at Higi, as well as a social entrepreneur who founded Chicagood
I'm a designer because I love problem solving, creating experiences, and getting my hands on the newest toys in technology.
As a UI designer, I’m not just making things look nice, but I’m thinking of strategy, layout, colors and typography to create something usable and intuitive. There’s nothing like the moment when someone touches a button and says wow. That’s what I do.
Mike creates change within organizations. Since 2001, he has devoted his career to nurturing and leading design communities and championing the talents and dedication of its designers.
Everything I do at DESIGNATION is based on giving students what they need to become not just skilled designers, but thoughtful storytellers, stronger teammates, and better citizens, engaged in the world and seeking opportunities to grow and lead long after their time here. It's an honor and a privilege to work on behalf of all our students, past and present.
Coming from a background in fine art and traditional graphic design, my introduction to the brave new world of user-centered design has me invigorated by the challenge of finding a balance between the beautiful and the useful. I have bits of knowledge and experience across the full DESIGNATION stack, so feel free to pick my brain at any time.
My design philosophy is pretty simple: people want to be understood and I want to understand people. Every product, service and interface is an opportunity to bring us together through mutual understanding.
James is a UX designer who has a strong appreciation for interaction design and experience architecture. He has a background in graphic design and psychology, and he previously worked as a content developer in a startup in his hometown of St. Louis.
Creating a beautiful interface is only as good as the functionality behind it. Designing around the user ensures a successful product with measurable results.
What I love most about design is its ability to transcend culture and touch something fundamental to what it means to be human. It's a universal language that let's you connect with anyone, anywhere, no matter their background.
Won is a natural-born creative geek and design and information junkie. He has spent over 15 years crafting digital experiences for clients both large and small. He loves the intersection of design and technology, and nerds out on beautifully designed websites and nicely animated buttons.
In this day and age, it's not enough to be just a good visual designer. One must also possess versatility in information architecture, interaction design, user testing, and so much more. I try to impart a multi-disciplinary design approach to all the students in the program.
When I was a kid, my father and I built our own computers and would write programs in MS-DOS. Things have developed so much since then, as programming libraries and the internet have matured. For me, digital design is the final frontier for technology. It's the ultimate way to distinguish yourself and be creative in our virtual world.