Reid Schlegel

Design Director - Connected Product, HUGE

Reid Schlegel is a New York City-based industrial designer with a solid history working in the design consulting and education space. He is currently the Design Director of the Connected Product team at HUGE and previously worked at Aruliden, frog, and SMART Design. As a design educator Reid teaches ID Studio 4 and Process Drawing & Digital Visualization at the Parsons School of Design and visits universities globally to guest lecture and teach his design process methodologies and design skills. Additionally, Reid curates an Instagram account with 135k+ followers, showcasing his work and other design-related content. Reid graduated from Virginia Tech’s industrial design program and is an IDSA Student Merit Award winner.

Should You Pivot to UX!?

Panel Discussion

Sept 13, 2022

Main Stage

5:00 PM - 6:00 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 involves 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 skillsets they have gained from Industrial Design into a more interdisciplinary creative field.

In this session, you 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?