Allison Rowe— A designer, strategist and creative technologist who loves speculating about and crafting new futures. I develop innovative and emotive products, services and businesses that transport us towards a happier and healthier world.

Recent Work

I’m currently infusing a strategic design direction into business transformations as 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 brought to life the future of creativity and immersive computing as a lead for the innovation team at Microsoft Lift, the studio responsible for Paint 3D. Hands-on technology development and exploration in AR/VR and vision-setting for the product roadmap.

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 female-centric sex toys.

What I do

Strategy— Foresight— Speculative design— Customer / market research— User experience design— Rapid prototyping (physical & digital)— Product development

Experience

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

Innovation Lead
Microsoft, Lift Studio
2015-2017

Design Strategist
Native
2015

Co-Founder / Boss Lady
Numa Health
2014-2016

Design Engineer
Pediatric Device Consortium
University of California, SF
2012-2013

Mechanical Engineer
Crave
2011-2012

Project Manager / Field Service Engineer
Siemens Healthcare
2009-2011

Talking Teaching & Mentoring

Events like—
Design Matters
TEDx
TechStars
Wonder Women Tech
Open Innovation Forum

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

Education

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