As a lead product designer for NPR's user experience group, Neylan worked on the 2009 overhaul of

Interaction Design Initiative Lecture: Callie Neylan

November 15, 2012
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Callie Neylan will speak as part of the Sam Fox School Public Lecture Series, in conjunction with the Interaction Design Initiative.

Neylan is an interaction designer, researcher, and writer who has historically kept one foot in academia and one foot in industry. She has provided visual and interaction design for renowned design firms and non-profits including Gensler, Teague, and NPR. Her teaching career includes faculty appointments at the University of Washington in Seattle, and at MICA and UMBC in Baltimore. She is an award-winning designer, with work recognized by Communication Arts, AIGA, and I.D. Magazine, and featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, and Gizmodo. She served as a 2010 juror for the AIGA's prestigious 365 competition and as a nominator for the 2011 National Design Awards.

Neylan's research interests include ubiquitous computing, smart cities, aesthetics, and data visualization. She is a contributing writer about design and technology for NPR and AIGA and a senior user experience design lead at Microsoft.

She holds a BS, cum laude, from Central Washington University with degrees in business and French, and an MFA from the design program at the University of Washington. She is passionate about design in all its disciplines; technology; photography; fixed-gear bicycles; the outdoors; good, slow food; Weimaraners; and artisanal espresso.

Interaction Design Initiative

Interaction design is the emerging, interdisciplinary practice of understanding human behaviors in order to design digital interfaces, products, built environments, systems, services, and other tools that people use. The goal is to develop innovation through a collaborative process of imagining things as they might be in the future. The process is relevant to fields such as architecture, engineering, business, social work, the humanities, and medicine, as experts seek strategies to solve complex, human challenges.

During the fall 2012 semester, the Sam Fox School will host a series of workshops taught by nationally renowned professionals and academics. Open to all students in the University, the workshops will focus on a range of contemporary activities and methods in interaction design. Each workshop will feature a session with a national expert in the field and will be accompanied by a lecture that is free and open to the public. Pre- and post-class activities will include readings, class discussions, and presentations.

For more information about the workshops open to all Washington University students, contact associate professor Heather Corcoran at