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I'm a design leader focused on making our digital life connect naturally to our human life.

Silka leads emerging design for Adobe Design. She's behind many immersive design and AI-related features found in Adobe products and services today. Prior to Adobe, Silka led the AR design direction for a Samsung innovation team, she co-founded and lead the product design for Dekko, an AR platform startup. Always one with an entrepreneurial spirit, Silka also mentors AR startups and women in tech.

Essays & Talks


MAy 29, 2019

3D is Normcore

AWE, San Francisco

MAY 8 & 9, 2019

Design Ethics: A Framework

99U, New York City


Emerging Technologies

Grace Hopper Conference, Miami


october 3, 2018

Women Talk Design

WeWork, San Francisco

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

HWM Singapore

AI in the Age of Design

July, 2018

"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."

portfolio Magazine

Meet The Head Of Adobe Design Lab, Silka Miesnieks

6 Jun 2018

She practically sits on a pile of very cool inventions, but Silka Miesnieks, 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

Designing for Humanity begins, Now

may 30, 2018

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

20 MIN watch

AI Resources for Creatives

May 6, 2018

As we try to define what it means to be a designer using AI technologies, I want to share great reading list, on the ground learnings and a designers perspective. Enjoy…


5 Mins With… Silka Miesnieks

4 MAY, 2018

Silka Miesnieks, 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
Creative Dialogue

Why Designers Need To Understand AI

April 12, 2018

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


Designing in the Wild West

april 6, 2018

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

TECH 360

Making The Cut

MARCH 24, 2018

You won’t be able to guess the Head of Adobe Design Lab Silka Miesnieks’ favourite drink is MILO!


Embrace Artificial Intelligence But Do So Responsibly

March 7, 2018

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.

venture beat

Adobe designers offer 4 insights into VR’s future

FEBRUARY 12, 2018

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 Miesnieks to get insights on the future of VR and 3D immersive technologies.

adobe blog

Designing for an Immersive World

november 29, 2017

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
adobe blog

How AR, VR, and Voice are Redefining Digital Experiences

November 16, 2017

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.

Design up

The Future is Sensory

november 12, 2017

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

30 MIN watch

Selected Work

Bringing Mixed Reality & VR to Samsung

Silka led the design team at Samsung’s innovation group to explore productization of Mixed Reality & VR. She also worked with Industrial Designers to prototype multiple wearable form factors.

case study

Founding Dekko. Inventing Mixed Reality.

Dekko is one of the only teams (apart from Hololens recently) who have invented, built and user-tested in the real world, true Mixed Reality products.

As VP of Product Design, Silka provided design and product market fit leadership to our team of 10.

A new product for Framestore VR Labs

Designed the first in-house commercial product. Workshopped product direction, user flow, and iterative design process together with FX artists and development team, delivering a compelling VR experience to grow their business.

Launching a toys-to-life game ... Infinity Arms

Silka worked with a branding agency, toy designer, manufacturer, and distribution channels to launch Jumo's first physical toy and mobile Augmented Reality game.

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