The Duncan Anderson Design Lecture Series Presents

Designers In Their Own Words

Through the years, the Duncan Anderson Design Lecture Series has invited top professionals to share their knowledge and experience with design students at CSULB. This coming year marks the expansion of that series to a bi-monthly event. Thanks to Cecelia Anderson-Malcolm and the Duncan Anderson Endowment, CSULB now has an ongoing design lecture series to rival those at private design schools. The CSULB Industrial Design Program is working closely with IDSA-LA, and its student chapters, to schedule an exciting line-up of speakers. Please let your chapter officers know of professionals you want to meet and hear at future events.

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SPRING  2015


The Department of Design at California State University, Long Beach is located at 6241 East University Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815.

Parking is available in the “Foundation Lot” located across from the Design building main entrance on E University Drive. Parking is $5.

Thursday, January 28th, 7:00-9:45pm

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery


Key Lime Interactive

Putting a PhD to Work:
One Designer’s Journey to UX Research

In this participatory lecture, Dr. Troy Abel will be discussing how his education and industry experience has led to a position at an Inc. 5000 Market and Usability Research Company. Dr. Abel will also discuss the
state of the User Experience market, disciplines involved, and ways to
break into a career in Market and Usability Research.

Dr. Troy Abel received his PhD in Human Computer Interaction and MFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University. Troy works with Key Lime Interactive as a UX Research Manager and Senior Strategist. His responsibilities include user research, usability research, strategic alignment for large Fortune 500 companies, resource management, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, participatory design, and other assignments as necessary for client engagements. His primary area of research and publication is Human Centered Design, where the needs and wants of the the user are placed at the center of the design process. In his free time, Troy enjoys tinkering with the latest in technology.
He is tinkering with Arduino’s and putting together robots from scratch.

Thursday, February 4th, 7:00-9:30pm

In Room 112 in the Design Building


UX Designer II at Microsoft

Designing and prototyping a mobile app from scratch

We’ll practice UX design by designing and prototyping a flow for a mobile app. Learn the basics and process of research, wireframes, and interaction design. See how to craft designs with Sketch App, build a mobile prototype from those designs, and then load it onto a phone to test the design. Walk away with the foundation to design your own app.

Jon Lee is a UX designer leading an iOS project on the Outlook Innovation and Growth team. He discovered that 20+ years of gaming was actually time well spent for a software designer. He has been sketching boxes and arrows at Microsoft for the last 5 years. He graduated from CSULB’s Industrial Design program.

Thursday, February 11th, 7:00-9:45pm

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery

STACIE DEPNER, Program Director

Nectar Product Development

Designing Beyond the Product

Always challenging the status quo herself, Stacie Depner has influenced hundreds of people to view the norm from a different angle. From the time in high school where she changed the foundation of the homecoming court to coaching CEO’s and Senior leadership teams how to set and execute their strategies, she has made a memorable impact over many years. Starting her career in manufacturing engineering, she became a Black Belt in Lean/Six Sigma which provided the tools to take her passion for driving change to another level. These tools became a foundation to accelerate her career successfully through product development and on into business management where she’s had the exciting opportunity to coach leaders on innovation in product development, business processes, and sales and marketing strategies. After moving from Minnesota to California in late 2014, she decided to set aside her independent consulting business to pursue her dream job working in a product development firm. Now at Nectar design, she’s influencing teams, clients, and the business as well.