Doug Walston is the Design Director for Microsoft Software Technology Center Asia where he leads the Studio 8 cross-product and cross-discipline Design team. Prior to joining Microsoft, Doug led the Industrial Design, UX Design and Design Research teams in Lenovo Mobile Devices across several locations in China. Prior to Lenovo, he held Design leadership roles in Nokia and Motorola. In addition to his work on mobile devices, software and services, Doug has a broad range of design experience in multimedia, web and environmental graphics. A frequent speaker at Universities and conferences, Doug loves to share his experience designing in fast-paced organizations with diverse and geographically distant teams. When he’s not busy making technology accessible to everyone he enjoys traveling with his family and exercising culinary artistry.
Doug holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Texas at Austin (where he learned to cook ‘real’ barbeque).
Microsoft (Asia) Internet Engineering Institute is an important backbone of Microsoft's global product development, integrating the former Microsoft Asia Search Technology Center and Advertising Technology Center, and now has nearly 2,000 R&D staff located in Beijing, Suzhou, Taipei and Tokyo, China, and has built world-class regional R&D centres in Beijing and Suzhou. Studio 8 is a dynamic design team within the Microsoft (Asia) Internet Engineering Institute. A dynamic design team of the best designers and researchers who collaborate on world-class projects with advanced design concepts and methodologies to design a wide range of innovative, interesting and life-changing Microsoft products for the global market.
This design tour will take attendees through Microsoft's interpretation and use of technology, learn the secrets to creating strong design appeal without brand influence, and explore how this diverse design team leads designers through multiple roles and career paths.