Steve Kaneko

Steve Kaneko, FIDSA
Partner Director of Design
Microsoft

Steve Kaneko, FIDSA, is a partner director of design at Microsoft. He oversees a multidisciplinary team focused on harnessing technology to enable transcendent human experiences—such as the recently introduced Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Hub. Kaneko has been a Microsoft design pioneer since 1991, leading design, research and envisioning organizations in the Hardware, Windows, Entertainment and Office divisions.

Kaneko has garnered numerous international design awards for his work in product design, design strategy and software design. He has been inducted into IDSA’s Academy of Fellows for his significant contributions to the profession.


The Future of Design Leadership 
Panel Moderator

Clearly we are in a new frontier. Design is so relevant to the core of every business, that there are now new converging interests in design leadership. What is the future of design leadership? By the end of this conference, we will be closer to finding out. 

This last session is not a concluding summary of the conference, rather, it's a fresh perspective as an open dialog with some of the world’s most advanced design leaders including: Carole Bilson, IDSA, president, DMI; Sean Carney, chief design officer, Philips; Dan Harden, IDSA, president/CEO, Whipsaw; Klaus Kaasgaard, VP user experience design, Intuit; Steve Kaneko, FIDSA, partner director of design, Microsoft; Mauro Porcini, IDSA, chief design officer, PepsiCo; Eric Quint, IDSA, chief design officer, 3M; Ernesto Quinteros, IDSA, chief design officer, Johnson & Johnson; and Nasahn Sheppard, IDSA, divisional VP of product design, REI Private Brands.

The panel, led by Thomas Lockwood, PhD, IDSA, will explore alternative futures and address some of the most curious and challenging questions. Who really leads design—designers or business people? As a design leader, what is your greatest challenge? Do design leaders need business degrees, and vice versa? Is design leadership fun? What's the future for designers in corporate, consultancy and independents? What's the career path for an industrial designer that wants to stick with designing, or shift into leading?

Who leads experience design—ID, UX or customer service? Do industrial designers need to dive into holistic user experience design? Is design becoming a brand, an experience or a commodity? What are the trends in design leadership, and what are some possible future scenarios? How should an industrial designer prepare for the future? 

This is not the end of the conference; it is the beginning of the future.