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Brittany Sgaliardich

Brittany Sgaliardich is a visual problem-solver on a mission to design thoughtful products and services.

She studied Industrial and Systems Engineering and English at the University of Florida. While at school, she served as Creative Director of the TED affiliated, TEDxUF organization. With TEDx, she worked on a team to design and produce an annual conference devoted to sharing “ideas worth spreading.” Through her work with TEDx, Brittany discovered a passion for verbal and visual storytelling. She hopes to expand platforms, like TEDx, to people with less access to these resources. She believes diversity in thought is what powers innovation and creates a community where everyone can thrive.

Most recently, she traveled throughout the US to consult enterprise companies while working for a software company. Brittany’s background in engineering and technology fosters her appetite for optimizing processes, while her passion for communication helps illuminate simplicity in complex environments. Exploring both creative and technical spheres, she enjoys venturing outside her comfort zone to bridge the gap between these realms.

At AC4D, Brittany is excited to learn how empathy-driven design can be applied as a tool for creating meaningful dialogue between people and products. As a South Florida native, Brittany has witnessed shorelines erode, hurricanes intensify, and species become extinct. While the environment changed, so did the perception of her personal impact and inherent responsibility. In her career, Brittany hopes to design human and digital interactions that create experiences with the potential for stimulating both social and environmental progress.

Recent blog posts

supporting sex workers: lo-fi prototyping

This is part five in a series detailing updates to our research which is grounded in the goal of supporting the safety and agency of sex workers.  Design Team: Brittany Sgaliardich, Leah Divito   Many sex workers work in complete isolation. Often, there is no one watching out for them except for themselves. As a result, they may not know anyone…

The AT&T TV Search Experience: Insights and Design Principles

Given the challenge to develop viable concepts for the search functionality of AT&T TV, this post is part three in a series chronicling my work in our Communications in Design course. Post one and two can be found here. The Challenge AT&T TV is on a mission to center itself at the foundation of the…

supporting sex workers: definition decks

This is part four in a series detailing updates to our research which is grounded in the goal of supporting the safety and agency of sex workers.  Design Team: Brittany Sgaliardich, Leah Divito   Photo by Danielle Blunt, via Decrim NY. Sex workers are owed space on the internet. With the introduction of FOSTA-SESTA, the law is challenging the first…

supporting sex workers: rapid ideation

The goal of our research is to support the agency and safety of women working in the sex industry. This week, we were challenged with generating  200+ ideas for potential products and services that aim to work towards this mission. SEX WORK TODAY. We began by revisiting secondary research surrounding sex work in the US.…

Project Brief: Designing for AT&T TV Search

Given the challenge to develop viable concepts for the search functionality of AT&T TV, this post is part two in a series chronicling work in our Communications in Design course. Post one can be found here.    The internet has transformed television. With on-demand content available at our fingertips, users have matched expectations for their television experience to…

AT&T Tomorrow

  The internet offers a realm of opportunities with which to exercise our free time. The attention of American consumers is increasingly pulled in new and complicated directions, but even with the abundance of platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Reddit, we continue to rely on television to seek fulfillment in our downtime. TV Today People…

Strong Opinions Loosely Held

For the past eight weeks, our class was challenged with building a personal ethical framework, a guidepost for responding to ethical dilemmas in our life and work. The goal of this framework is to offer direction when faced with decisions that feel at odds with our identities and the values that inform them. As a…

Ethics and Creativity

Imagine you’re the parent of a teenager, Alex. It’s Saturday morning, 8 AM. As you walk outside to grab the mail, Alex is getting dropped off at the edge of the driveway. Surprising, because Alex was in bed when you went to sleep the night before. As Alex exits an unfamiliar car, it speeds off…

A Conversation on Privacy

As a consumer in the United States, I exchange many things for my privacy all the time. Many of us do. We share our personal data to afford us new information and entertainment through face recognition apps and services like 23andMe. Our privacy is offered in exchange for convenience as we link new accounts to…

The Privacy Exchange

During the last two weeks of our ethics course, our class explored privacy, identity, and the nature of consent in practice. Last Thursday, it was my turn to facilitate discussion surrounding these topics. As part of my facilitation, I developed a workshop which was attended by half of the class, our ethics instructor, Diana, and…

Limiting Persuasive Design

At the start of Q2, we were introduced to a new curriculum. In this quarter, ac4d students would learn about ethics, and more specifically, understand how to create personal ethical frameworks that can guide us into our professional careers. With this mindset, I began to further explore my own value system. What motivates and drives…

design4women

Our design team, Leah Divito and I, have partnered with Austin-based nonprofit, JUST, to conduct design research which seeks to understand underrepresented communities seeking financial inclusion. The sex industry is frequently marginalized, stigmatized and policed – and so are the women who work within it. In our last blog post, we introduced our research which specifically…

Distilling Complexity

At the beginning of the quarter, our design team, Ana, Allison and I, undertook a partnership with a local non-profit committed to ending and preventing homelessness here in Austin. Through our engagement with this organization, we hoped to understand how staff organizes around identifying and working towards the goals of their program participants. With this…

Designing for Life

As we explored readings around problem-solving and design thinking in our theory class, a characterization of wicked problems particularly struck me. Defined by Horst Rittel as indeterminate and messy, wicked problems are not unlike something we are all quite familiar with – life. There is nothing quite as indeterminate and messy as life itself. In suggesting wicked…

Get Where You’re Going

  This is a story about mobility. In the past two weeks, we focused on design and poverty in our theory class. Infusing the perspectives of eight authors, I explored a story of vulnerability – a mobility breakdown. This narrative allowed me to invite and challenge each author’s approach to addressing what happens when your means of…

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