High-impact decisions: How design can help us make better life choices

Senior Design Strategist
Executive Design Director

About the salon

The decisions we make, whether big or small, can have a significant impact on our daily lives and long-term goals, from building better habits, making a career change, or choosing a new place to live. Design can play an important role in navigating these decisions – presenting information in a clear way, helping us balance emotional and pragmatic factors, and adapting to each person’s individual situation and abilities.

Virtual Smart Salon

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on today’s most important design-related issues

Virtual Smart Salon

Join the conversation

on today’s most important design-related issues

Our panelists

Shannon McGarity is a certified leadership coach (CPCC) and Director of CX Strategy & Research at Signet Jewelers. She teaches storytelling and business strategy for designers at Pragmatic Institute.

Kate Rogers is a principal behavioral scientist at Zillow, the most-visited real estate website in the United States. 

Tim Wallack is the VP of Design Insights & Strategy at Stash, a personal finance app that can help anyone improve their financial life.

Written recap coming soon!

About Valentina Canavesio

Valentina Canavesio is a Sr. Design Strategist driven by a curiosity about people and a passion for storytelling. She brings over a decade of experience as a filmmaker to her work as a researcher and strategist. Before joining Smart Design, she led research at Designit and has worked across a range of industries including education, culture, and healthcare. Her notable clients include Fresh Air (NPR), DuPont, and LG. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California and a MA from Sciences-Po Paris.

About Danielle Frucci

Danielle Frucci is an Executive Design Director who thrives on being involved in purposeful work that challenges and inspires her. She brings expertise in UX research, digital strategy, application design, and integrated digital experiences, with notable clients across sectors such as Johnson & Johnson, and Verizon. She holds a B.A. in Graphic Design and Visual Media from American University.

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