"The theme [Design Belongs] brings to mind inclusion and how design belongs to everyone. I thrive on making things easier, more beautiful, for people – not clients, not brands. People are what matter."
Jenny Lam is Design Director at Amazon in the Devices group working on FireTV, Tablets, and Echo products.
She was previously co-founder of Jackson Fish Market, a small software startup having shipped dozens of software products in addition to partnering with small and large clients. Before Jackson Fish Market, Jenny worked at Microsoft from 2001–2007 as Creative Director of the Windows User Experience team shipping two versions of the Windows OS and 2 versions of MSN Explorer.
Jenny has served on the national board of directors for the AIGA and mentors national & local organizations like TechStars and Startup Weekend to foster the next generation of creative design talent headed for the tech industry. She has co-authored two books on User Experience Leadership with a third book on the way. Jenny was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Technology by the Puget Sound Business Journal and was honored on the 40 under 40 list of Seattle Business Leaders.
When Jenny isn’t shipping product, she’s figuring out this parenting thing with her husband Adrian Klein and wrangling her twin 3 year old girls, Sawyer and Seneca from beautiful Bainbridge Island, Wa.
Tell us about a favorite project or accomplishment from this past year.
I joined Amazon this past year! Working on Amazon devices such as FireTV, Tablets, Echo, Echo Show and many other products.
What is your favorite color, and why? Pantone numbers and Hex codes totally allowed.
Red. It’s the color of love, passion, danger, strength and desire.
Share a saying that inspires you, or theme song that gets you moving.
“You have to be true to yourself. You have to be enough in touch with who you are and what you want, how you want to live and what’s important to you, to make your decisions based on that. Sometimes that’s very difficult.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton
“If I wasn’t a designer (or in the design world), I’d be ________________.”
Running a restaurant.
What’s your superpower, or one you wish you had?
The power to read minds.
This year, the theme of Phoenix Design Week is “Design Belongs.” What does “Design Belongs” bring to mind for you?
The theme brings to mind inclusion and how design belongs to everyone. I thrive on making things easier, more beautiful, for people – not clients, not brands. People are what matter.
All two-day tickets include entrance to the Method + Madness Conference, PHXDW 2017 Kickoff Party, Method + Madness Evening Reception, and the PHXDW 2017 Closing Party. One-day M+M conference passes, group and AIGA discount opportunities are also available at the tickets link.
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