About the Speaker
Cheryl Platz is the author of Design Beyond Devices: Creating Multimodal, Cross-Device Experiences and a world-renowned designer whose work on emerging technologies has reached millions of customers across multiple industries. Cheryl’s professional passions include natural user interfaces, applied storytelling in design and research, and taming fierce complexity in any manifestation. In her current full-time role as a Principal UX Designer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Cheryl led the service design effort for the yearlong transition to modern remote meetings and human-centered design efforts to define the future of knowledge management at the foundation. Past employers include Amazon (Alexa), Microsoft (Azure, Cortana), Electronic Arts (The Sims, The Urbz), Griptonite Games (Disney Friends), Disney Parks (PhotoPass), and MAYA Design.Cheryl is also Principal and Owner of her own design education firm Ideaplatz, LLC through which she shares her expertise with the global design community via talks, workshops, writing, and limited consulting engagements. She’s delivered her sought-after talks and workshops in 16 countries across five continents.