Ben Shown is Head of Design at Blink UX. He leads a team of multidisciplinary designers, strategist, and researchers on product envisioning and brand experience projects with ambitious partners including Amazon, Cisco, Microsoft, NASA, and The New York Times. He also heads up Blink’s Boston studio in Cambridge, MA and is a part-time lecturer at Northeastern University teaching design process.

With over a decade of design and creative leadership experience, Ben’s strengths encompass championing a human-centered design process with collaboration at the core, transforming concepts into product vision, and designing at the delta of interaction, visual, and motion design.

Prior to Blink, Ben was creative director at Tectonic leading a team of hybrid designers on envisioning projects for Bang & Olufsen, Conservation International, HBO, and Rhapsody. Prior to Tectonic, he worked on future concepts at Microsoft’s Envisioning Lab and as an exhibit designer at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle.

Ben has an MFA in design from the University of Washington in Seattle where he studied and practiced graphic design, design theory, data visualization, and exhibit design while developing an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. When given the chance, he’ll gladly talk about design workshops, grid systems, typography, and Murphy beds.

The Art of a Great Design Workshop: 5 Activities I Swear By

Poster Design Archive

Reimagining | Horizon Design System
Reimagining Cisco’s IT Training Platform | Cisco U

This is Design School Podcast Interview
Deconstructing Digital Design’s Tastiest Recipes
My Top 5: True Tales of Logos I Love