Written and interviewed by Kim Heng

In this installment of “Illuminating Design,” Stanford Womxn in Design’s interview series, we reached out to Kaixi Yang, a recent graduate of Stanford’s Product Design program, to understand how she balances being an artist, entrepreneur, and interdisciplinary designer.

Below, you will discover Kaixi’s varied and vibrant journeys into design, insights into her current roles, and where she sees design headed.

Kim Heng: To start, could you tell us a little bit about how you got into design? Where are you now, and what was your path to get here?

Kaixi Yang: I grew up…


Interview by Liv Jenks

This fall, SWID’s Design Partnerships team launched an interview series to connect our community with influential designers. We cast a wide net, talking to industry leaders in health, wellness, education, tech, and social entrepreneurship to bring you answers to big design questions, including: What is “good” design, and how is that definition evolving? How can intersectional perspectives be incorporated into the design thinking process? How do we design for social good? How does design thinking differ at start-ups versus larger firms?

In this installment, Emily Rapada, UX Research at Disney+, sat down with us to discuss…


Written by Liv Jenks with interviewing help from Kim Heng.

The poster design for Stanford Womxn in Design’s 2021 conference on “Designing for Inclusion.” Branding by Kelsey McGinley.

For our annual conference, Stanford Womxn in Design chose to focus on designing for inclusion — how we can re-think, challenge, and extend traditional design thinking practices to address systemic race, gender, and disability discrimination.

With people tuning in from across the country, keynote speaker and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab Antionette Carroll began the conference by sharing a video where she describes how her lived experiences “are her superpower” that motivate her to design for justice and change.

Carroll emphasized how systems of oppression are by design — and…


Written by Liv Jenks and Kelly Niethammer

This fall, SWID’s Design Partnerships team launched an interview series to connect our community with influential designers. We cast a wide net, talking to industry leaders in health, wellness, education, tech, and social entrepreneurship to bring you answers to big design questions, including: What is “good” design, and how is that definition evolving? How can intersectional perspectives be incorporated into the design thinking process? How do we design for social good? How does design thinking differ at start-ups versus larger firms?

For this installment, we talked to Margaux Giles, a lead designer at…


Written by Liv Jenks and Kelly Niethammer

This fall, SWID’s Design Partnerships team launched an interview series to connect our community with influential designers. We’ve cast a wide net, talking to industry leaders in health, wellness, education, tech, and social entrepreneurship to bring you answers to big design questions, including: What is “good” design, and how is that definition evolving? How can intersectional perspectives be incorporated into the design process? How do we design for social good? How does design thinking differ at start-ups versus larger firms?

For this first installment, we talked to Katherine Liu, a product designer at…


30 initiatives. 90 team members. 500 community members and alumni. 1 kickass year.


Stanford Womxn in Design Annual Conference

Written by Maria Metzger

Photo: Jensen Neff

Design as an interdisciplinary field manifests in countless ways, even within the framework of sustainability. I’m a member of Stanford Womxn in Design, an organization of undergraduates, alumni and mentors. We focus on forming community and connections while providing opportunities for design education in the Stanford community at large. We are composed of six teams that work together to inspire creative confidence in designers, and our biggest event of the year took place Friday, Nov. 15 in Paul Brest Hall.

I feel lucky to be an intern for the Special…

Stanford Womxn in Design

Stanford’s largest organization focused on empowering future design leaders.

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