Working as a Designer in Tech

Being a designer in technology can take many different forms, and while there are some similarities between careers, each path also has its own skill set and unique qualities. Join us at Atomic Object to hear from four women each performing different roles as designers in tech.

The Panelists:
Lani Chisnell, Co-Owner & 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.

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.

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. After her work day is done, Alina enjoys chilling out with her corgi, Argyle.

Lauren League, 3D Digital Artist | University of Michigan Department of Science & 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.

At Atomic Object (, our passion is to build great software and find better ways of doing it. We were early pioneers and continue to innovate with agile software development practices such as pair programming and test-driven, iterative development. We are at the forefront of integrating user experience (UX) design with the agile development process.

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