Experience

ESI Design  |  Director of Activity and Immersive Design Department  |  August 2015 - July 2016

As Director of Immersive and Activity Design at ESI Design, Emily Conrad creates compelling and interactive user experiences, developing experience design strategies that encourage engagement, inspire meaningful connections and activate audiences for a wide array of project types.

Drawing upon her expertise in interaction design, physical computing and technology implementation, Emily leads a team of designers to envision— and bring to life—fresh, interactive experiences and games, data visualizations, and large-scale media environments that integrate the physical environment with the digital and social. Emily has played a leading creative role for ESI for several large-scale interactive environments that integrate in-person gaming and simulation experiences, most recently for Comcast’s groundbreaking new retail store experience, Studio Xfinity in Chicago.

ESI Design  |  Senior Interaction Designer  |  April 2013 - August 2015

At ESI, I collaborate with a team of physical designers, visual designers, and writers to create interactive retail and museum environments. I develop the interactive strategies that are documented as User Flows, Wireframes, and Prototypes.

The Lower Eastside Girls Club  Creative Technology Instructor and Curriculum Development  |  2013 - 2015

I teach a hands-on learning program for girls to create, invent, and collaborate on projects that embody a STEM curriculum. My students have the opportunity to experiment with a range of microprocessors, sensors, and motors by learning the basics of computer programming and physical computing. We also experiment with 3D-printing and most any technology we can get our hands on! My goal is to foster a lifelong interest in science and technology through a program environment that encourages learning by doing.

Johnson & Johnson  |  UI Design Manager  |  2011  - 2012  

My work as the UI Design Manager for Cross-Sector Innovation and Design at Johnson & Johnson's Global Strategic Design Office was aimed at empowering people living with a chronic condition to better manage their health and wellness through design. Our team consisted of industrial, experience, brand, and packaging designers as well as design researchers. My primary role was managing the UI design of medical devices that improved patient behaviors. I was a key member for gaining FDA approval of several new and experimental devices including blood glucose meters and neuromodulation.

Moey, Inc  Freelance Interaction Design Lead and Project Manager  |  2006 - 2013

Moey Inc. creates innovative and meaningful technology-based exhibits across the country and beyond for planetariums, science centers, children's museums, artists, scientists and corporate clients. Right now most of my time is spent designing and managing interactives for the Museum of Math.nteraction Designer

ESI Design  |  Interaction Designer  |  2008 - 2010

I collaborate with a team of physical designers, visual designers, and writers to create interactive retail, museum, and online environments. I develop the interactive strategies that are documented as User Flows, Wireframes, and Prototypes.A few projects of note are the digital strategy of Best Buy's Connected Store concept, the creation of the the JFK Presidential Library digital archives, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Memorial.

Schematic User Experience Designer  |  2007 - 2008

Led the User Experience of Nokia’s MOSH site. MOSH, a website for user generated mobile content, became a top 500 site with over 100 million items downloaded within two years of its launch.

R/GA  Interaction Designer  |  2005 - 2007

Developed user flows, wireframes for web sites and interactive retail.

Education

New York University

2003 - 2005

MPS , Interactive Telecommunications (ITP)

Awards: 

  • Albert Schechter Foundation Scholarship for Academic Achievement
  •  Tisch School of the Arts Honors Scholarship

Earlham College

1996 - 2000

BFA , Studio Art & Science

Awards:

  • College Honors and Interdepartmental Honors for Art
  • Recipient of the Lerch Memorial Scholarship for Artistic Excellence
  • Alumni Scholarship