UX / UI Design Meetup #4: Design education (Panel discussion)

Apr 27, 2017 · København, Denmark

18:00 Welcome  (presentation from the Zendesk)  

18:30 Pizzas & Beers  

18:45 News from the community group

19:00 Education panel

Panel: Tim Allison (Zendesk), Ather Nawaz (CBS & Mono Solutions), Helena Charruti Levison (CPHUX), Fanny Giordano (PhD student, Aalborg University)

20:45 Design battle

21:30 Say bye bye or stick around for a beer


Tim Allison is the product design lead at Zendesk in Copenhagen.

" I'm a business-thinking product designer with startup and agency experience. My startup experience notably is founding the mobile products Cupple and Plane. Cupple was acquired by YC Alumni 'Pair' in Feb 2013. Plane was a mobile social app that saw 1m messages shared between users globally and raised angel and early-seed investment. 

When looking to hire 'designers' at Zendesk  I'm looking for perspective and character. A diversity of thought and an openness to be collaborative and inventive. I followed a somewhat self-taught route into product design by actually designing and shipping products, building teams and raising investment. I never had one hour of business school in my life but I've created 3 companies and sold 1. "


Helena Levison is co-founder of CPHUX and master student at Kolding Design School in Communication Design. 

She has a very classical design background, but the previous couple of years she's been in a stormful love relationship with UX design and entrepreneurship. She's deeply passionate about UX design and after being burned by working as a junior UX'er at 2 startups she holds a strong opinion on the matter (Juniors & Startups) Being the main-organizer of Ladies that UX she saw a need for a community that's more than what LTUX could ever be (and also embraces the lovely company of men) therefore she co-founded CPHUX in February with the mission to bridge the gap between companies and UX'ers, unite UX'ers on a social plan, create transparency about UX and raise the industry level of UX.


Ather Nawaz is a lecturer at CBS and UX design lead at Mono solutions.

” I am a UX professional and researcher who likes to improve information alignment between users needs and product design through research, prototypes and common sense.

I love to work in collaborative environments to create products that people want. I have worked in the area of UX for large companies, startups, EU projects and in universities.

Currently I’m lead of UX/UI at Mono Solutions. I still get to keep my educational hat on and I teach UX and web Information architecture at Copenhagen Business School. I have a PhD within the area of UX and websites."


Fanny Giordano is PhD student in Service Design at Aalborg University, Copenhagen and independent Service & Graphic designer.

She is the kind of designer who will always find a way to keep a foot in design education while developing projects she finds worth investing time in. Currently, she is doing a PhD about Participation and Co-Design in Public Services at Aalborg University Copenhagen. In parallel she puts lots of energy in shaping the Service Systems Design Master, an unique educational program fully dedicated to service design in Denmark. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication from HEAD Geneva, which closely relates to her service design research and practice. Besides she is co-initiator of Service Design Conversations, nerdy events for service design lovers in Copenhagen. In the time left, she works on an exciting project for refugees in Switzerland together with the Swiss designer Judith Hunziker and the Geneva institution of social action Hospice Général.


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