Allison Rowe— A designer, strategist and creative technologist who loves questioning and crafting new futures. I make rocket ships rather than bandaids, developing innovative and emotive products, services and businesses that transport us towards a happier and healthier world.

Recent Work

I’m currently an Experience Design Director at McKinsey & Company, focused on spotting new commercial opportunities, launching successful insights-driven products / services to market, and imbuing companies with people-centric innovation.

I previously explored the future of creativity and immersive computing as a lead for the innovation team at Lift, the studio responsible for Microsoft's Paint 3D - doing hands-on technology and product development in AR/VR. And in a past life, I developed medical devices for pediatric surgery, managed the global rollout of healthcare software, and helped launch a hardware startup making sex toys for women.

What I do

Strategy— Foresight & speculative design— Customer / market research— UX design— Service design— Rapid prototyping (physical & digital)— Product development


Experience Design Director
McKinsey & Company
2017 - present
Associate Design Director, 2017 - 2018

Innovation Lead
Microsoft, Lift Studio

Design Strategist

Co-Founder / Boss Lady
Numa Health

Design Engineer
Pediatric Device Consortium
University of California, SF

Mechanical Engineer

Project Manager / Field Service Engineer
Siemens Healthcare

Talking Teaching & Mentoring

Events like—
Design Matters
Wonder Women Tech
Open Innovation Forum

Schools such as—
Central Saint Martins
Royal College of Art
Imperial College


M.A. & M.S. Global Innovation Design
Royal College of Art / Imperial College London
In partnership with: Pratt Institute (USA) and Keio University (Japan)
2015, With Distinction

B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Washington University in St. Louis
2009, Cum Laude

For collaborations, freelance gigs, speaking / writing / lecturing requests, or anything else, drop me a line