Callie Neylan is a designer, writer, and entrepreneur. She is a senior designer at Microsoft, working on the Excel product team, focused on visual analytics for Microsoft Office. Prior to Microsoft, Callie was a full-time academic, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in interaction and visual design while researching design and technology for the visually-impaired. She has also provided visual and interaction design for renowned design firms and non-profits including Gensler, Teague, and NPR. Additional academic experience include faculty appointments at the University of Washington and the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is an award-winning designer, with work recognized by Communication Arts, AIGA, and I.D. Magazine, and featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, and Gizmodo. She served as a 2010 juror for the AIGA’s prestigious 365 competition and as a nominator for the 2011 National Design Awards.

Callie’s design interests include data visualization, information design, wearable computing, and the intersection of interaction design and the urban space. She writes about design and technology at nineteenthirtyfour.org. In 2014, she also co-founded Bellflower Chocolate Company, a craft chocolate company focused on good food and social entrepreneurship.

She holds a BS in Occupational Safety & Health, cum laude from Central Washington University, and an MFA from the highly selective design program at the University of Washington. She is passionate about design in all its disciplines; technology; cities; photography; fixed-gear bicycles; skiing, hiking, swimming and rowing; good, slow food; Weimaraners; chocolate and artisanal espresso.

Specialties: Design, design research, human-centered design, interaction design, information design, visual analytics, data visualization, gestural interfaces, big data, experimental film, photography. Wireframes, personas, prototype development, design strategy and education.