Our spotlight on Philadelphia continues this week with design strategist and hybrid thinker Natalie Nixon. Natalie has an impressive body of work ranging from fashion to anthropology, and her consulting and research lies at the intersection of creativity and strategy. Aside from her work as associate professor and founding director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University, Natalie is also the editor of “Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond”.

We touched on a lot of different topics: the importance of strategic design, her experience as a Black woman at the Ph.D. level of design, embracing failure, and much, much more. It’s an honor to speak with someone at this caliber of design, and I think you’ll learn a lot from her words and from her work. Class is in session!


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Philadelphia’s own Ron Tinsley is no stranger to the world of design. As the founder of Prophetik Soul Branding + Design, Ron uses his decades of consulting and design experience for “do-gooders, dreamers and optimists”. I think that’s something we could all use more of, don’t you think?

Ron talked about how a twist of fate prompted him to start his design studio, and he walked me through how he tackles projects and his personal design style. We also discussed design organizations, world travel, what he loves about Philly, and whether or not his kids want to follow in his footsteps. Get ready for a really thoughtful and inspiring conversation!


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When Asia and I spoke before recording, she told me that one thing she wanted people to take away from our talk was that it doesn’t matter what your path is, there’s a way into technology. I think that’s super important for people to hear, especially when there’s so much talk about college programs, hackathons, and the like. There’s more than one way to be a part of this industry, and Asia’s story definitely illustrates that.

We started off talking about the work she’s currently doing as a product designer at 2U, including learning how she approaches new projects and the tools she uses. From there, we talked about how she got into design, how her college experiences shaped her, and her love for mentoring and volunteering. We also spend some time going into game design and Asia shared the game she’s most interested in and the one she most wants to design. Thank you Asia for such a thoughtful interview!


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When I first heard Ben’s amazing story of becoming an industrial designer, I knew that I had to have him on the show. Chairs, tables, utensils, plates…industrial design touches our world in even the smallest things.

We started off with a dive into the world of industrial design as Ben described how he got interested in the field. From there, we go deep into Ben’s time at Philadelphia University, his discovery of famed industrial designer Noel Mayo, and his love of volunteering and mentorship. Ben is all about paying it forward to the next generation of designers, and I couldn’t think of a better interview to end Black History Month with. Thanks to Terri Burch for the introduction!


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