NEA Design Residents 2016

"I hadn't been exposed to startup culture before, having only interned at an agency before, and thanks to working at my host company and all the talks and events we attended I have a much stronger idea of where I want to end up in the design field. My future seems a lot less nebulous and scary and more exciting and exhilarating."

Below are the Design Residents from 2016. We selected from several hundred applicants and like to keep our Resident cohorts on the smaller side to for more in-depth attention and tighter bonds. Each Resident interned at their respective company during the 10 weeks and came together for special events and learning talks with outside speakers, such as IDEO, 53, Red Antler, and others. 


Margaret Banks

Carnegie Mellon University - HCI

Spent Summer at: JET.COM

Maggie is a product and interaction designer. As a summer intern at, she helped build out the Jetx Research Lab where she discovered and leveraged customer insights to create a better shopping experience for customers.


Owen Whiting

RISD - Industrial Design

Spent Summer at: ENIGMA.IO

Owen is an interaction designer. During his internship at the data analytics start-up Enigma, he was given the opportunity to work closely with the design and engineering team to help redesign a core part of the current platform. 

Current Status: Hired full-time at Enigma


Iris Xia

RISD - Industrial Design

Spent Summer at: CASPER

Iris is an industrial designer. Over the summer, she interned at Casper, an online e-Commerce brand that sells mattresses and sleepwear, where she worked with the marketing team on user experience and graphic design projects, such as creating product illustrations and 3d product designs for the launch of Casper’s doggy bed line. 


Julian Gonzalez

SVA - MFA Interaction

Spent Summer at: JET.COM

Julian is a visual and interaction designer. This summer, Julian joined the team at where he worked with product marking to refine and improve the visual display of multiple user experience flows as it related to browsing and discovery on the website. 


Jane Rosenthal

Rochester Institute of Technology - New Media Design   

Spent Summer at: GLAMSQUAD

Jane is an interactive designer. This past summer, she joined the product team at Glamsquad, an app-based provider of on-demand beauty services, and did a complete revamp of Glamsquad’s webpage. 

Current Status: Hired full-time at Glamsquad


Jun Lee

U. of Washington

Spent Summer at: JET.COM

Jun is an interaction designer. Over the summer, at where he worked on refining and building product detail pages for the company’s furniture offerings. Through research, concept development, and prototyping, and competitive analysis he contributed to a new and better shopping experience.

Hieu Tran

MICA - MFA Design

Spent Summer at: 53

Hieu is a graphic designer. Over the summer, at 53, collaborated with engineers/designers on prototyping product refinements, and designed various marketing and brand materials. 


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