Doug Powell

IBM | Distinguished Designer


Austin | United States

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Doug Powell is a designer with more than 25 years of experience in a wide range of design disciplines. A recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis, and the 2014 Fellow Award from AIGA Minnesota, Doug is a lecturer, commentator and thought leader on design issues, having presented at a variety of national conferences and forums including the 2015 Beirut Design Week in Lebanon, the 2015 Offset design conference in Dublin, Ireland, Bright Ideas on Minnesota Public Radio, the 2011 Mayo Clinic Transform Conference, and the 2012 TEDx ArtCenter. Between 2011 - 2013 Doug served as the national president of AIGA, the professional association for design, the largest and oldest design organization in the world. He is currently a Distinguished Designer at IBM, directing the program to scale design and design thinking across the global tech company. 


Workshop | IBM Design Thinking: Responding to a fast-thinking World

To achieve our mission of cultural transformation at IBM, we are developing a practice of globally-scaled human-centered design which we call IBM Design Thinking. Join IBM Distinguished Designer Doug Powell to examine the question of how we create great user experiences at a global scale and at the speed of the modern enterprise. This workshop will be hands-on experience focused on brainstorming, collaborating and making. Participants will leave with an understanding of new methods of solving complex problems with a focus on real people. 

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