Panel Discussion

Steve Kaneko, FIDSA
Alex Yee
Reid Schlegel
Danielle Chen, IDSA
Moderator - Anson Cheung, IDSA

Should You Pivot to UX!?

IDC Panel Discussion

Sept 13, 2022

Main Stage

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

In the last decade, we have begun to see more and more industrial designers jumping onto the UX Design gold rush. This trend has become so common within the field of Industrial Design that many have started to wonder—”Should I pivot to UX as well?”.

It’s easy to think of UX Design as purely the creation of screen-centric experiences, however, without the integration of the physical housing, none of the digital experiences could have existed. The expectation of more fluid experiences that bridge the physical and digital interfaces is becoming higher than before, especially during a post-pandemic world. So how might we approach our problem solving more holistically, and how will industrial designers play a critical role in the product development process that involve complex user touchpoints?

In this panel discussion, we will cover a range of topics for industrial designers to consider when figuring out where they want to take their careers with the experiences and skill sets they have gained from Industrial Design into a more interdisciplinary creative field.


The audience will learn. . .
• What are the differences and similarities between Industrial Design and UX Design?
• What are the different career paths industrial designers could take?
• What would the future look like as the creative field moves towards a closer integration of the physical and digital experiences?