Joni Saylor

Joni Saylor
New Hire Education Program Lead
IBM

Joni Saylor is a designer, inventor and educator. She previously led user research and industrial design for IBM’s Storage portfolio and co-taught the InnovationSpace studio at Arizona State University. Saylor currently manages IBM’s Designcamp for University Hires, an education program that prepares recent graduates to join software product teams.


Designcamp: What happens when 70+ recent design graduates join your organization on the same day?

IBM is on a mission to build a sustainable design culture and bring a human-centered focus to all product experiences. Since 2012, IBM Design has hired nearly 300 designers directly from university design programs—including 30 industrial designers—to join software product teams alongside engineers and product managers.

Designcamp for University Hires, led by Joni Saylor, is a professional education program that prepares recent graduates to actively contribute to IBM product teams and practice design thinking at scale. Saylor will share how the experience provides an important bridge between the academic and professional experiences and empowers emerging designers to make change within a 100 year-old company.