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Hi, I’m a product designer focused on the new era of Generative-AI tools.

As a product designer with over 15 years of experience, I have honed my skills as both a design leader and individual contributor in large organizations to small startups. Currently, I am working on creating a cutting-edge tool that combines the power of AI with my expertise. I would be excited to explore collaboration opportunities if you are also in this space.

In my previous role as the leader of Adobe Design Lab, I had the opportunity to bring new and innovative products to the creative industry through the use of emerging technologies like AR, VR, and AI. I initiated the "AI & Design" program, the "Sensory Design Language initiative for Spatial Computing," and the "AR Artist in Residence" program, all to progress the field of design.

In my previous role as the leader of Adobe Design Lab, I had the opportunity to bring new and innovative products to the creative industry through the use of emerging technologies like AR, VR, and AI. I initiated the "AI & Design" program, the "Sensory Design Language initiative for Spatial Computing," and the "AR Artist in Residence" program, all to progress the field of design.

After my time at Adobe, I worked at innovation labs for Samsung and FrameStoreVR, and co-founded the AR startup Dekko in 2010. Our vision for Dekko was to create a platform for game developers to create games that interacted with the real world. Although Dekko has since shut down, my co-founder later sold an iteration of the company, 6D.ai, to Niantic.

Originally from Australia and raised by Dutch parents, I now live in Brooklyn, New York, with my two wonderful, albeit angsty, teenage kids. When I'm not working on my latest project, I enjoy mentoring artists at New Inc, making furniture, or jogging in Prospect Park. If you're in the area, let's grab a cup!

Here is a work summary.

Unblock Machine
2022 - 2023
AI startup building Creator tools
2017 - 2022
Product Designer Leader
2014 - 2017
Samsung
2014 - 2010
Founder of an AR platform

Use cases are coming.

Essays & Talks

talks

OCTOBER, 2019

Emerging Technologies

Grace Hopper Conference, Miami

July 20, 2019

AIGA Intersectional Craftswomxnship

Design Week San Francisco

MAy 29, 2019

3D is Normcore

AWE, San Francisco

15 min READ

MAY 8 & 9, 2019

Design Ethics: A Framework

99U, New York City

8 min read
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october 3, 2018

Design for our Senses, not our Devices

AWE, San Jose

Spatial Computing reverses today’s UX paradigms with a new approach called, Sensory Design.

14 MIN READ

October 15, 2018

Shaping the Future of Emerging Design

Adobe MAX, Los Angeles

November 1 & 2, 2018

Design of Busniess

Yale School of Business

November 15, 2018

The New Context

Digital Garage, San Francsico

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May 30, 2018

Designing for Humanity begins, Now

AWE, San Jose

My talk from the Inspire Track at AWE USA 2018 - the World's #1 XR Conference & Expo.

NOvember 12, 2017

The Future is Sensory

DesignUp, India

Silka Sietsma talking about designing for the real world using emerging technologies at Design Up Conference.

BOOK CONTRIBUTIONS

MAy 29, 2020

Divergent Mind Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You

Author Jenara Nerenberg.

Silka Sietsma is another bright star in the neurodivergent un-
derworld of tech and design in Silicon Valley....

excerpt 5 min readBUY book
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MARCH, 2019

Convergence: How The World Will Be Painted With Data

In Convergence author and Forbes columnist Charlie Fink tells the story of Augmented Reality (AR), a new technology that’s already seeping into every smartphone and every workplace.

LONG READ
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MAY, 2019

O’Reilly, Creating Augmented and Virtual Realities

Chapter 2, Designing for our Senses, Not Our Devices by Silka Miesnieks.

20 min read

WRITING

MAY 2019

The Future of Design in a Digital-Physical World

Adobe blog

"It will dramatically expand our means for collaborating with one another and consuming information. It will profoundly change the way we work, live, learn, and play. And, its effect on society will be larger than desktop and mobile computing combined."

5 MIN READ
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jULY 2018

AI in the Age of Design

HWM Singapore

"The big mental model change designers are going to have to make is that they're not in control of the context and the location anymore."

5 MIN READ
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MAY, 2019

Meet The Head Of Adobe Design Lab, Silka Sietsma

Portfolio Magazine

She practically sits on a pile of very cool inventions, but Silka Miesnieks (Sietsma), who heads the Design Lab at Adobe, does not feel that she has seen it all—in fact, what’s keeping her excited is what lies ahead.

4 MIN read

4 MAY, 2018

5 Mins With… Silka

NDesignLive

Silka Sietsma, Head of Design Lab at Adobe, talks about immersive design and what the next wave of artificial intelligence will bring to the human centered design approach.

4 MIN read

April 12, 2018

Why Designers Need To Understand AI

Creative Dialogue

We bring together a group of experts to visualize, experiment and create the technologies and techniques we will need in the future.

3 MIN READ

april 6, 2018

Designing in the Wild West

Torch 3D

We are pleased to share our first white paper on 3D prototyping set ocument the tools, workflows, and challenges faced by designers, developers, creatives

10 MIN READ

March 7, 2018

Embrace Artificial Intelligence But Do So Responsibly

Fortune

Any mention of Artificial Intelligence, or AI, inspires some trepidation in many people, including designers, but those most familiar with it say that designers should be excited about the advent of AI.

3 MIN READ26 MIN WATCH

FEBRUARY 12, 2018

Adobe designers offer 4 insights into VR’s future

Venture Beat

The rise of virtual reality has led to Adobe building the platforms necessary for creators to transition into the world of 3D spatial computing. I’ve interviewed four innovators from Adobe Research and Silka Sietsma to get insights on the future of VR and 3D immersive technologies.

3 MIN READ

november 29, 2017

Designing for an Immersive World

Adobe Blog

As more disruptive technology emerges, this generation of designers will be tasked with creating the products and services that enable truly immersive experiences.

4 MIN read

November 16, 2017

How AR, VR, and Voice are Redefining Digital Experiences

Adobe Blog

Emerging technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, and voice interaction are reshaping the way we engage with the world and transforming digital experiences.

3 MIN READ

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