Steve Kaneko, FIDSA

Design Architect / Advisor, Kaneko Design Group

Steve Kaneko, FIDSA, is an award-winning designer who believes that design, in its best sense, is about creating empathic relationships between people and the man-made artifacts in their lives. Steve advises industry leaders on experience design strategy, and the structuring of high-performing engineering organizations capable of delivering human-centered solutions for today’s new era computing.

For nearly 30 years, Steve staffed and directed design, research, and envisioning organizations in Microsoft’s Hardware, Windows, Entertainment, Office, and Cloud divisions. A true design pioneer, Steve is the recipient of numerous Microsoft awards for his efforts in product and experience design, including the prestigious Award for Technical Excellence in 2014, which he shared with colleagues for their unification of the company’s design language and experiences across major software and hardware product lines. Before leaving Microsoft in April 2019, Steve was head of design for the Mixed Reality, Speech, and Computer Vision group, where he built a multidisciplinary team of designers, artists, researchers, and engineers to deliver the industry leading HoloLens experience.

Steve has received over 50 international awards for his design research and strategy, and industrial and interaction designs. His Microsoft Mouse 2.0 is part of the New York Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. In 2005, Steve was inducted into the Industrial Designers Society of America Academy of Fellows for his contributions to the development of the profession. Most recently, the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design honored Steve with the 2019 Anne Focke Arts Leadership Award for his vision and “passion for providing pathways for growth to generations of emerging talent.”

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 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.


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?