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Design First: Artsy, TwoDots, NYT

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Design First: Artsy, TwoDots, NYT

Following the success of our sold out event in December, we bring an all star speaker list with product designers from Artsy, Playdots (makers of Two Dots) and NYT. The meetup will focus on #mobile and how to approach building interesting and engaging products that either start as mobile first or expand into a mobile experiences. The speakers will bring knowledge from the art, game and media industries.

Speaker list

Robert Lenne, Artsy
Steve Sadin, Two Dots
Farah Assir, NYT


6:00 — Meet & Greet.
7:00 — Talks
8:00 — Networking
8:30 — Finish

Thank you InVision ( for sponsoring the event drinks!

Robert Lenne, Artsy

Robert is the Head of Design at Artsy (, where he's working to make more people excited and educated about art. Prior to Artsy, he worked at the design and innovation firm IDEO in London and New York. Robert is a fan of Donald Judd (, Rachel Whiteread ( and John Baldessari. (

Talk: Creating New Art Experiences

Robert will share how the team at Artsy is creating new experiences across mobile, web and physical environments.

Steve Sadin, Dots

Steve Sadin is a lifelong gamer, coffee snob, Knicks fan, and the Head of Product at Playdots - the mobile game studio behind the #1 hits Dots, and TwoDots.

Talk: Data Informed Product Design: using data to diagnose design problems

When you're designing a product, you end up spending tens, hundreds, or even thousands of hours thinking and working on it. During that time, you will end up building features which add depth, variety, or personalization opportunities for users... but how do you know whether that cool new feature you've built resonates with, or repels your users?

Farah Assir & Elena Gianni, NYT

Farah is a UX designer living in Brooklyn. She recently worked on a small team at The New York Times creating new digital products, namely NYT Now and The Times' Cooking site. She is now starting a new role at Meet Up as a lead mobile experience designer.

Elena Gianni is an Italian born UX Designer. For the New York Times, she has worked on a variety of projects: from editorial strategy, to research, prototyping and product design.

Talk: Designing new things at a legacy media organization

We'd like to present our experience designing new things at a legacy media organization and bringing together a multidisciplinary team that hadn't worked together before. More specifically, the role of the design in connecting a team with different backgrounds and facilitating the exchange of skills and knowledge.


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