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Design With a Big ‘D’: Meet 6 UX/UI Experts Delivering Solutions

The Dallas-Fort Worth region has no shortage of thought leaders who are helping create the solutions for some of today’s most popular products, from Ben Judy at 7-Eleven to Ron Dagdag at Thyssenkrupp Elevator.

Here are six you need to know.

The Design With a Big ‘D’ series digs into the scope and depth of the Dallas-Fort Worth UX/UI industry as the region becomes a hot spot for design talent and companies. To follow the series and get the news on what’s now and next in Dallas-Fort Worth, sign up for Dallas Innovates Every Day.


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UX/UI designers and experts are integral parts of many company operations and span across almost every industry. The Dallas-Fort Worth region has no shortage of thought leaders who are helping create the solutions for some of today’s most popular products. 

Here are six you need to know.

Ben Judy, 7-Eleven

Ben Judy, 7-Eleven


RETAIL
BEN JUDY // 7-ELEVEN

Head of User Experience

Ben Judy formed a new user experience team at 7-Eleven, taking the No. 1 brand in convenience retail from a UX team of one to a team of 18 designers and researchers in less than six months.

Marti Gold, Sirius XM

Marti Gold, Sirius XM


ENTERTAINMENT
MARTI GOLD // SIRIUS XM

Director, User Experience and Design, Connected Vehicle

Marti Gold is a UX leader with more than 20 years of enterprise-level design experience. She specializes in problem analysis, user interface and interaction design, rapid prototyping, and the development of corporate UX standards. Marti is the author of “UX Style Frameworks: Creating Collaborative Standards” released in September 2015.

Jeremy Johnson, Projekt202

Jeremy Johnson, Projekt202


PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
JEREMY JOHNSON
// PROJEKT202

VP of Customer Experience

Jeremy Johnson has been working in UX and digital products for more than 15 years. Starting as a designer but quickly moving to managing and selling, Jeremy’s scope of influence is now focused on moving organizations to experience-driven methods.

Ron Dagdag, ThyssenKrupp Elevator

Ron Dagdag, ThyssenKrupp Elevator


TECH
RON DAGDAG // THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR

Senior Software Engineer

Ron Dagdag is a Senior Software Engineer at ThyssenKrupp Elevator, where he supports developers with their Windows, Web, and 3D application development. On the side, Ron is a Hackster Ambassador and Littlebits Chapter Leader in Dallas where he organizes workshop events.

Debra Gelman, AT&T

Debra Gelman, AT&T


BUSINESS SERVICES
DEBRA GELMAN // AT&T

AVP, Digital Design & User Experience

Debra Gelman manages a team of designers and researchers who take a user-driven approach to design, using quantitative and qualitative customer insights to innovate and inform how products will look and function.

Sybil Mulokwa, Alkami

Sybil Mulokwa, Alkami


FINTECH
SYBIL MULOKWA // ALKAMI

Manager, UX Strategy & Design

Sybil Mulokwa and the UX designers at Alkami are user-centered to deliver products that make a difference and are easy, engaging, and delightful to use. Her team leverages the RITE methodology so breakthroughs are more process-orientated than product-orientated.


Photos were provided by the companies.
A version of these stories were published in September 2018 in a Dallas Regional Chamber brochure: “Design With a Big ‘D'”.


READ NEXT

PART 1: DESIGN WITH A BIG D
The DFW Experience

Part one examines DFW as a UX hotspot. Today, four out of 10 Texas user-experience professionals work in Dallas-Fort Worth.

PART 2: DESIGN WITH A BIG D
How the Big Design Conference Came to Be

Part two looks at the beginnings of the conference. Big Design co-founder Brian Sullivan shares its origin story.

PART 3: DESIGN WITH A BIG D
Corporate by Design

Part three shares insights for how design pros help companies such as Walmart, Accenture, Bottle Rocket, Sabre, and more gain competitive advantage.

PART 4: DESIGN WITH A BIG D
Leading by Design

Part four covers a few big thinkers who are leading by design at companies such as Capital One, BBVA, Intuit, and USAA. Whether it’s slaying piles of paper receipts at tax time or making shopping an adventure, these Dallas area thoughtleaders are making their marks in their respective industries. The common thread? Dogged persistence. 

PART 5: DESIGN WITH A BIG D
Meet 6 UX/UI Experts Delivering Solutions

UX/UI designers and experts are integral parts of many company operations and span across almost every industry. The Dallas-Fort Worth region has no shortage of thought leaders who are helping create the solutions for some of today’s most popular products. Here are six you need to know.

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