Ximedica Explores Gender Diversity During Design Week RI Panel

September 28, 2016

Ximedica’s User Experience & Design Researcher Meredith Schwartz participated in the Women in Design Panel as part of Design Week RI on Wednesday, September 21st. Design Week RI is the annual showcase and celebration of design in Rhode Island.

Each year, DESIGNxRI presents a multi-day, statewide event to highlight the vast and unique design asset in the state. They partner with dynamic individuals and organizations to bring over 35 events spanning 11 days, including speakers, tours, lunches, panel conversations, parties, awards and more. The Women in Design Panel was organized to celebrate the talent, innovations, breakthroughs and successes that women designers in RI have brought their industries.

While on the panel, Meredith answered questions including ‘When do you aim for universal design versus designing for extreme user cases?’ and ‘What do you see as the biggest challenge for young women who will be entering the design industry in the next 5 years?’ Meredith used her extensive experience at Ximedica to answer the questions, often focusing on the unique strengths that gender diversity can bring to design.

Ximedica’s Mechanical Engineer Tara Ebsworth, who sits as Co-head of the event planning committee, attended the event and noted that the audience of 80+ people was buzzing with excitement over the notion of promoting women in design.

Congratulations to both Meredith and Tara for their roles in such a valuable event!