Working as a Designer in Tech

Being a designer in the technology field can take on many different forms. Come to our panel event at Barracuda Networks to hear from four women, each performing different designer roles in the tech world!

Alina Bochkacheva, Product Designer | DUO Security
Alina got her degree in computer science. At her first job doing front-end development, she discovered a new field of user experience design. She realized that this is what makes products the best of the best. She started spending more time designing interfaces and testing them with users, moving away from coding. By now, she has designed for EDU customers, social media, and now solving hard problems in cyber security space at Duo Security. At the end of the work day, you can find her snuggling her corgi, Argyle.

Lani Chisnell, Creative Director | Boxcar Studio
Lani is part-owner, information architect and creative director at Boxcar Studio, a web design agency in Ann Arbor specializing in non-profits and higher education. She holds her Master’s degree in Information and Library Science from the University of Michigan, and worked at Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village and Borders corporate office before starting Boxcar. When she’s not designing, she’s dreaming of living off-grid with goats, or working on her webcomic, The Flock. She likes dogs. A lot.

Lauren League, 3D Digital Artist | U of M Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Part designer, part developer, Lauren’s skillset lies at the intersection of technology, design, and behavioral psychology. In 2014 she earned a dual bachelor’s degree in design and psychology from the University of Michigan. In the years since, her career has been extraordinarily focused on UI design and code for the web. She lives for designing and building sites to work more efficiently, and have a knack for identifying and avoiding rabbit holes. Outside of work, Lauren thoroughly enjoys cooking, backpacking through the wilderness, and painting colorful medical art.

Stefanie Mitchell, Marketing Specialist | S. Mitchell Marketing
Stefanie Mitchell is the Founder & Marketing Specialist at S. Mitchell Marketing, an agency that helps brands grow their business by leveraging digital platforms. As an introvert, Stefanie developed a natural affection for social media and blogging, which led to her career as a digital marketer. When she’s not online, Stefanie spends her time mentoring youth in Washtenaw County, raising her 8 year-old daughter, and binging on Reese’s.

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