Article courtesy of Seiko Ikatura, product designer at Citadel.
I organize Japanese Design Community in SF/Bay Area, and I thought about giving a quick review of what the meetup was like this time. We had about 50 members. This time’s topic was on cross-cultural design in US/Japan. Our panelists were Roxy Chaney (Sir. UX Designer at Sony Network Entertainment Int’l) Stacey Baradit (UX Designer at Apple) and Brandon Hill (CEO of SF/Tokyo based creative agency).
We had quite an interactive session with our audience.
One of my goals of this event was to make it interactive and engaging for audience. We had eclectic questions being asked by our audience and our panelists were delighted to answer with humor and great stories. I actually heard from a few folks in audience that they enjoyed last night’s event more because of the interactiveness.
Panelists had breadth of knowledge and experiences with cross-cultural designs.
Roxy works with Japanese and Europe team on a regular bases on design problems. She had wonderful examples and tips on how to work better in the cross-cultural environment.
Stacey has worked with Chinese and Japanese companies in the past as a UX Designer/User Researcher. She had shared her experiences across both markets.
Brandon has his creative agency in SF/Tokyo. He also grew up in Japan and worked for many years in Japan before starting his own companies. He spoke to us from a business prospective also as an expert in Japanese culture.