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Our guest, Cheryl Platz, applies her extensive experience as a professional improv performer and educator to her design work in “unexpected” ways. Improv is more than a performance technique – it’s a mindset that helps us energetically embrace constraints and uncertainty. Join Cheryl for a Q&A session to ask questions about Cheryl’s DesignOps Summit 2018 improv talk, questions about improv theory, or how to apply improvisational techniques to your storytelling and facilitation.
Cheryl Platz is a principal interaction designer whose work on emerging technologies has reached millions of customers across multiple industries. Her professional passions include natural user interfaces, applied storytelling in design and research, and taming complexity in any manifestation. As a Principal UX Designer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she is tasked with exploring and improving the Foundation’s employee experience around the world. Past employers include Amazon (Alexa), Microsoft (Azure, Cortana), Electronic Arts (The Sims), Griptonite Games (Disney Friends), Disney Parks (PhotoPass), and MAYA Design. In her free time, as Principal Designer and owner of design education company Ideaplatz, Cheryl shares her experience with conferences and companies worldwide – providing designers with the skills needed to work thoughtfully (and responsibly) with emerging technologies. Cheryl is also a professional actress and improvisor: as a member of the Unexpected Productions ensemble and teaching faculty for over a decade, she’s entertained and inspired tens of thousands of audience members.
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